In Cura there are two modes available in the side panel: simple and advanced. The simple mode is perfect for beginners, while the advanced mode offers more settings for experienced users. On the first use page we explained how slicing in the simple mode works; on this page we explain how to use the advanced mode.
Depending on your machine, print core and material setup, a variety of profiles are available to print out of the box. These profiles are a perfect start point to base your own custom profiles on. These profiles are anywhere between 'extra fine' and 'sprint' and provide variable layer heights, print speeds, and many more settings.
Based on the selected printer, nozzle size and material Cura will automatically update each profile with the right settings. Please note that not all profiles will be visible for each nozzle size. With a 0.8 mm nozzle it is for example not possible to print at 'extra fine' quality and with a 0.25 mm nozzle you can’t use the 'sprint' profile.
The search bar
The custom mode features a search bar to easily access new settings or filter the current settings to your needs:
- Click on the search icon (5) to show the search bar filter.
- Type in the input field (1) to filter all settings to keywords.
- Settings that were already visible (2) are displayed in dark blue.
- Settings that are currently hidden are greyed out.
- Right click the setting to bring up a quick menu (4). Here you have the option to hide/unhide the setting, copy it to all values or open the setting preferences window.
- Clear the filter by clicking the X icon (6).
Adjusted, hidden and calculated settings
The settings in Cura sometimes show indicator icons. The meaning of these icons is shown here:
- The reset icon (1) indicates that this setting has been adjusted manually, and does not longer correspond to the profile setting. Click the icon to set the value back to the profile setting.
- The calculated setting icon (2) indicates that the value was calculated by Cura, but is now overwritten by an absolute value. Click the icon to change the value back to the calculated value.
- The chain icon (3) indicates that the value set here is synchronized for all extruders. It is only visibile on dual extruder machines.
- If an input is greyed out (4), it means that the value is overwritten by values in its child settings
- The settings icon (5) can be used to configure setting visibility settings.
- The info icon (6) indicates a user customized setting is hidden. Click the icon to unhide it.
- The category arrow (7) can be used to view or hide all category settings.
- Reset icon
- Calculated setting icon
- Chain icon
- Greyed out, overwritten settings
- Settings visibility
- Show user customized hidden setting
- Show / Hide category
The settings in the side panel are divided in different sections, so you can easily navigate through it. These are the available sections:
- Machine: Machine related settings.
- Quality: Settings that define the (visual) quality of the print.
- Shell: Settings related to the outside of the print.
- Infill: All settings that have to do with the inside of the print.
- Material: Material related settings.
- Speed: Speeds at which the print head moves while printing.
- Travel: How the print head behaves during travel moves.
- Cooling: Settings that define how the plastic is cooled.
- Support: Options for printing with support structures.
- Platform adhesion: Defines the adhesion of your model to the build plate.
- Mesh fixes: Options for fixing faults in models.
- Special modes: Features that influence the way of printing.
- Experimental: Experimental new features.
All setting sections can be (un)folded by clicking on the arrow icon at the right side. Under each section, you can find the available settings. Cura shows a selection of most commonly settings by default, but it’s possible to adjust the visibility of settings to your own preferences. To change the settings visibility take the following steps:
- Go to Preferences > Settings or click on the gear icon of one of the setting sections.
- Select or deselect the settings you want to have displayed in the side bar.
Furthermore you can easily see what each setting does by hovering over it with your mouse. It will then show a short description of the setting.