Cura 3d Slicer for Beginners in Depth Tutorial

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If you use the Cura 3d Slicer you should watch this video. In the video, I walk you through the steps to both create a new 3d printer profile but also how to optimize the most important slicer settings. With almost 30 minutes of hints and tips, this video has something for users of any FDM style 3d printer.

Learn how to optimize 3d Prints for your ANET ET4, Monoprice 3d Printers, Creality Ender or Creality CR10 style printers. Even if you use a different slicer, such as PrusaSlicer or Simplify 3d, this video covers valuable concepts.

Here is a link to the Google Slide deck I used in the video:

Here is a link to my video explaining GCODE:

Here is the Start GCODE I reference in the video:

; DrVax November 2019 Start Code
M140 S{material_bed_temperature} ; heat up bed for calibration
M104 S{material_print_temperature_layer_0} ; heat up extruder
M109 S{material_print_temperature_layer_0} ; Wait for extruder to get to temperature
G28 ; Home all axes
; Remove semicolon before G29 if the printer has ABL
; G29 ; Probe the bed with the ABL
G92 E0 ; Reset Extruder
G1 Z2.0 F3000 ; Move Z-Axis up little to prevent scratching of Heat Bed
G1 X10.1 Y20 Z0.28 F5000.0 ;Move to start position
G1 X10.1 Y200.0 Z0.28 F1000.0 E15 ;Draw the first line
G1 X10.4 Y200.0 Z0.28 F5000.0 ;Move to side a little
G1 X10.4 Y20 Z0.28 F1000.0 E30 ;Draw the second line
G92 E0 ; Reset Extruder
G1 Z2.0 F3000 ; Move Z-Axis up little to prevent scratching of Heat Bed
M104 S{material_print_temperature_layer_0}
M140 S{material_bed_temperature}
M109 S{material_print_temperature_layer_0} ; Wait for extruder to get back up to temperature
; End of custom start GCode

In the video I reference the following Thingiverse models:

Basic Stringing Test by nimrod85:

Retraction test by deltapenguin:

Calibration Cat by Dezign:

Kickstarter 3d Printer Test:

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Please leave comments below so we can continue to learn together.


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