Custom material profiles for Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2+

The Ultimaker 2 (Go/Extended)  and Ultimaker 2+ (Extended) use UltiGCode. This means that the material settings are not in the gcode itself, but stored on the machine. This allows to print a single gcode with different materials. There are 2 methods to add or change material settings to the Ultimaker 2(+) machines.

Method #1: Change material settings on the machine itself.

This is the easiest way of changing material settings. It is done completely on the machine, without the need of a computer.

  • Turn on the power of the Ultimaker 2(+) 3D printer.
  • Go to the material settings on the machine. Click on 'Material'.
  • The next screen shows the options to 'Change' material or view the material 'Settings'. Click on 'Settings'.

The main menu, with 'material' selected.
material_menu(settings)
The material settings menu.

  • Here is a list of available materials in the machine. By default, this list consists of all supported materials for the machine that you are using.
  • Scroll down the list to find the 'Customize' button. Click the 'Customize' button.

material_list
List of available materials.
material_list(customize)
Customize the material settings.

  • This menu shows all material settings that can be adjusted. Select a setting to edit.
  • Rotate the click wheel to change the setting. Note that the previous setting is visible on the bottom of the screen. Click on the button to set the setting to the new value and return to the settings list.

material_edit(Buildplate-temp)
Select a setting to edit its value.
buildplate-temp_edit
Adjusting the build plate temperature.

  • Click the last option in the settings list: 'Store as preset',  to store the settings.
  • Overwrite one of the existing materials by selecting them, or create a new material by clicking 'New preset'. The name of the 'new preset' will be “Custom_#”. When a default material is overwritten, it will keep its original name.

material_store-as-preset
Store as preset.
material_save-as-new-preset
Save the customized settings as a new preset.

  • After saving the settings, scroll all the way up and click the return button.

material_return
After saving, click RETURN to go back.

Congratulations, the new material profile is now adjusted and saved!

Method #2: Export and import material profiles to the printer.

This second method is more advanced than the first, but it provides an easy way to add or change multiple material profiles at once. It also provides the option to give the profiles custom names! A computer with SD-card reader is necessary to perform all the steps.

  • Turn on the power of the Ultimaker 2(+) 3D printer.
  • Go to the material settings on the machine. Click on 'Material'.
  • The next screen shows the options to 'Change' material or view the material 'Settings'. Click on 'Settings'.

The main menu, with 'material' selected.
material_menu(settings)
The material settings menu.

  • On the bottom of the list are two options: Export to SD and Import from SD. Start by choosing Export to SD.
  • A message appears: ‘Saved the materials to the SD Card in MATERIALS.TXT’

material_export-SD
Export the material settings to the SD-card.
material_saved_to_sd
The material settings are saved to the SD-card.

  • Eject the SD-card and insert it in a computer.
  • A file is created on the SD-card, named MATERIALS.TXT. Open the file with any text editing program. The file looks (something) like this:

MATERIALTXT_UM2_example
MATERIALTXT_UM2+_example

  1. This indicates that the following information is a new material profile.
  2. The name of the material. Note: Maximum 8 characters!
  3. The temperature of the nozzle. For the Ultimaker 2+, temperatures for multiple nozzle sizes can be set, corresponding with the diameter.
  4. The temperature of the heated bed, in degrees Celsius.
  5. The fan speed, set as a percentage. 100% means the fan speed in the gcode is not affected.
  6. The material flow, as a percentage.
  7. The diameter of the filament used in the machine. Ultimaker filament is always 2,85mm.
  8. Unused parameters for now. If present, leave them as-is.

  • Edit the light-blue values as shown in the example, according to your likings.
  • Save the file on the SD-card, with the name MATERIALS.TXT.
  • Eject the SD-card and insert it in the Ultimaker machine.
  • Go to the material settings on the machine. Click on 'Material'.
  • The next screen shows the options to 'Change' material or view the material 'Settings'. Click on 'Settings'.

The main menu, with 'material' selected.
material_menu(settings)
The material settings menu.

  • Scroll down and click Import from SD. A message appears: ‘Loaded materials from the SD card’.
  • A message is displayed: 'Loaded materials from SD card'. Click 'Ok'.

material_import-SD
Import material profiles from the SD-card.
material_loaded-material
Loaded the materials from SD-card.

Scroll through the list of materials to verify you correctly imported your material settings. If they are correct, you have successfully imported the materials!

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