View modes

Ultimaker Cura offers several ways to view the model. The different views allow checking the model for specific details. There are three different views available.

Solid view

The solid view is selected by default and represents the model as it was digitally created. This way, you can check if the desired model is loaded and whether it is loaded correctly.

  • The model (1) is shown corresponding to the view mode selected
  • The view mode button (3) is located on the top right corner of the 3D viewer
  • Click it and ensure 'Solid view' (2) is selected.
  • When a model is located in a non-printable area, it is displayed with stripes (4)
  • Non-printable areas (5) are dark grey areas on the build plate

SolidView

X-Ray view

The X-Ray view allows looking through the model, making it easy to detect missing and unwanted internal geometry. The detected errors in the model are displayed in red. Not all types of errors are displayed, so this is not a guarantee that the model is correct.

Note: Although some models are 'broken' when loaded, Ultimaker Cura's mesh fixes allow the model to be printed (seemingly) correct.

  • The model (1) is shown corresponding to the view mode selected
  • The view mode button (3) is located on the top right corner of the 3D viewer
  • Click it and ensure 'X-ray view' (2) is selected
  • Broken model parts are indicated by red areas (4)

XRayView

Layer view

The layer view represents the print moves of the nozzle(s). This way, the result of all input from the settings panel is visualized, ideal for determining your printing strategy.

  • The model (1) is shown corresponding to the view mode selected
  • The view mode button (4) is located on the top right corner of the 3D viewer. Click it and ensure 'Layer view' is selected
  • Visualization of the print cores (2) can be toggled to ease viewing of individual parts
  • The colors of the lines can be set to line type (3) or material color
  • Different parts of the line types (5) can be disabled to get a closer view of certain model parts
  • The layer box (6) shows the current layer viewed. It can be used to enter values to directly jump to
  • The layer slider has three parts. A top (7), mid (8 ) and bottom (9) part. These parts can be dragged separately to examine the layer view

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