When using Ultimaker Cura for the first time, it will run the 'add printer wizard'. Select your Ultimaker 3D printer from the list to add it to Ultimaker Cura. When you want to adjust your printer or add more printers to Ultimaker Cura, you can do that by going to the printer selection panel and click ‘manage printers’. The printer manager opens as the image displayed below.
- Printer preferences
- Activate the selected printer
- Add a new printer to Ultimaker Cura
- Remove the selected printer
- Rename printer. This option is greyed out for networked printers. Change the name of networked printers through Cura Connect
- Machine settings. Contains all parameters to define the selected machine
- Connect via network. This is used to connect your Ultimaker 3D printer over the network
Connect a networked printer
Networked Ultimaker printers automatically open the network connection dialog before going back to the main interface. Select your Ultimaker from the list of available printer and click ‘connect’.
- List of available network printers, sorted alphabetically.
- Add. This opens a new dialogue to enter an IP address manually. This step is only necessary if Ultimaker Cura is unable to find the printer automatically.
- Edit. This allows to edit manually added IP addresses.
- Remove. This allows removal of manually added IP addresses.
- Refresh. This refreshes the list of available printers.
- Selected printer. This displays the name, type, firmware version and IP address. It also shortly summarizes whether the printer is a group host and the size of the group.
- Connect. This connects to the selected printer.
Add a non-Ultimaker or a custom printer
Ultimaker 3D printers are supported by default, but adding a third party FFF printer is just as easy. Simply select a different brand in the ‘other’ section in the ‘add printer wizard’.
- 3D printer type. Ultimaker 3D printers and many 3rd party printers are available.
- Name. Input an easy to remember name for your 3D printer. Networked printers receive their name when connecting over the network in the next step.
- Add printer. Add it straight to Ultimaker Cura.
Add a custom printer
Custom printers are loaded with an empty machine profile, leaving all parameters to the user. The image below shows an overview of the available settings and a rough guide on how to handle them.
- Printer tab. Contains all printer information. The extruder tab(s) contain extruder specific information.
- Build plate dimensions. These are used to calculate the maximum dimensions for printed models.
- Build plate shape. Both rectangular as elliptic are available.
- Start G-code. This code runs before every gcode. It contains moves to home the print head, extrude some material and more.
- Print head dimensions. These are used to calculate the exact nozzle position and prevents the print head from hitting the printer frame when gcode is created.
- Number of extruders. Every extruder loaded is represented by their own tab.
- End g-code. This code runs after every g-code. It contains code to move the head back to the home position and cooldown both the build plate and nozzle(s).