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  1. Let's outline one method of updating Cura slicing software on a Windows computer.
    • Let's outline one method of updating Cura slicing software on a Windows computer.

    • ! Caution ! Use this information at your own risk. We can only report our own experience using these software tools and our combination of things we've found to work well for us.

    • Also, if you make a mistake by accident, you can mess up your windows installation and possibly lose data. Please be the judge of your own personal skill level here. We can not help if you mess up your computer.

    • Here at SeeMeCNC, we help quite a few customers in the course of a year. There are all types of questions and slicing software problems are something we are asked from time to time.

    • Although software troubleshooting is outside the scope of what we do (build high value highly reliable 3D printers), we still want to see every customer be successful in additive manufacturing.

  2. The software related to this article:
    • The software related to this article:

    • Revo Uninstaller (free version)

    • A master copy of Cura Slicing software (more on this and a download link provided later in this guide).

    • Windows 10

    • Since 2017, we have recommended Cura slicing software. It's a free solution for slicing models and does a very good job. Recently, the Cura team fixed some issues with single head dual filament extrusion.

    • This is exciting because we've only recommended Cura 3.4.1 for almost 2 years now. And we really like things happening in current releases of the software. Let's get started!

  3. Use Revo Uninstaller free version.
    • Use Revo Uninstaller free version.

    • Uninstall previous versions of Windows specific software applications using Revo Uninstaller free version software. We have 15+ years experience using this software and haven't botched windows yet. The company makes a solid product for advanced uninstalling of windows programs.

    • In the next step we will tell you how to fully remove previous versions of Cura.

  4. Run the Revo Uninstaller program and select the previous version of Cura to be uninstalled. Repeat if multiple Cura versions exist. Revo automatically launches the uninstaller for the program selected, in this case Cura. Revo is now "watching" everything that program does (don't ask us how, it just works like magic).
    • Run the Revo Uninstaller program and select the previous version of Cura to be uninstalled. Repeat if multiple Cura versions exist.

    • Revo automatically launches the uninstaller for the program selected, in this case Cura. Revo is now "watching" everything that program does (don't ask us how, it just works like magic).

    • Select "uninstall" from the programs regular uninstall window. If you're prompted to restart, DON'T RESTART, simply close that programs uninstall window.

    • Returning to Revo Uninstall windows titled "Performing the initial analysis and uninstall", select "advanced", and the button "Scan".

    • When Revo finished, choose "select all" and then "delete". Revo performs a second scan, choose "select all" and then "delete".

    • Revo is finished finding tons of garbage leftover by windows software installations. This is typical of many windows programs and just how it is.

    • Close Revo.

  5. In the Windows search bar, type  %appdata%  to open a file explorer window and shop hidden program file information. If the Windows search bar isn't shown, right click a blank area on the bottom bar in Windows and hover over 'search' and select 'Show search box'.
    • In the Windows search bar, type %appdata% to open a file explorer window and shop hidden program file information. If the Windows search bar isn't shown, right click a blank area on the bottom bar in Windows and hover over 'search' and select 'Show search box'.

    • In the 'File Explorer' window, you should be in the 'Roaming' directory. Look for a folder called 'cura' and delete it. This file can also be renamed. Old slicing information is kept in this folder.

    • Restart your computer.

  6. For SeeMeCNC printers, we're currently using a master copy of Cura and regularly updating slicing profiles. This is the official SeeMeCNC recommended slicing software. This is based on Cura 4.2.1 but has a custom feature that's essential to the proper operation of our 3D printers.
    • For SeeMeCNC printers, we're currently using a master copy of Cura and regularly updating slicing profiles. This is the official SeeMeCNC recommended slicing software.

    • This is based on Cura 4.2.1 but has a custom feature that's essential to the proper operation of our 3D printers.

    • Click here to download our master copy of Cura

    • Unzip the file you just downloaded and run the .exe file found inside.

    • Installation will begin, follow the software installation instructions. Our recommendation is to select all optional file types during installation.

    • As general practice, a Windows restart is preferred when the installation is finished.

  7. When you initially open Cura, it will force you to set up a new printer from the start. We'll be using custom printer setups later in the guide, so we'll just blow through the setup and delete this printer profile later. Select the "Add a non-networked printer" drop down menu. Expand "Custom" and choose "Custom FFF Printer", then click "Next"
    • When you initially open Cura, it will force you to set up a new printer from the start. We'll be using custom printer setups later in the guide, so we'll just blow through the setup and delete this printer profile later.

    • Select the "Add a non-networked printer" drop down menu.

    • Expand "Custom" and choose "Custom FFF Printer", then click "Next"

    • Ignore everything in the "Machine Settings" box and just click "Next"

  8. Next we'll take you through the process of installing a SeeMeCNC made 3MF project file. We've made these profiles specifically for the Cura master copy we've recommended in this guide for our 3D printers to give users a quick and easy start to 3D printing.  A 3MF file extension is a Cura project file containing the following:
    • Next we'll take you through the process of installing a SeeMeCNC made 3MF project file. We've made these profiles specifically for the Cura master copy we've recommended in this guide for our 3D printers to give users a quick and easy start to 3D printing. A 3MF file extension is a Cura project file containing the following:

    • machine profile

    • STL models

    • slicing profile

    • We are normally adding or adjusting these files on our repository. Older versions (3.4.1) will not work properly with current versions of Cura, so start fresh.

    • Click here to download a zip file of all our current slicing profiles and quick start 3MF project files.

    • Extract the zipped folder to a location you'll remember easily in the future.

  9. In the Cura window, select "File" and "Open File(s)..." Navigate to the folder you just extracted.  You'll see folders for various different machines and hotend types, but for the sake of this guide we'll take you through installing the stock hotend we include on the RostockMAX v4 and the Artemis. Navigate through "slicing-profiles-master\SE300\Cura\Cura 4-2-1"
    • In the Cura window, select "File" and "Open File(s)..."

    • Navigate to the folder you just extracted. You'll see folders for various different machines and hotend types, but for the sake of this guide we'll take you through installing the stock hotend we include on the RostockMAX v4 and the Artemis.

    • Navigate through "slicing-profiles-master\SE300\Cura\Cura 4-2-1"

    • In the "Cura 4-2-1" folder you'll see various different nozzle sizes. We'll be using the stock default 0.5 (050) nozzle as an example, but you can follow the same steps for whatever size nozzle you have installed on your machine.

  10. In the folder that matches your machine's nozzle size, navigate into the "Quick Start and Test Files Cura 4-2-1" folder Once in this folder, select the machine you have (either the RostockMAX v4 or Artemis) Quick Start .3mf file, and click "Open" A dialogue box will appear, select "Open as project"
    • In the folder that matches your machine's nozzle size, navigate into the "Quick Start and Test Files Cura 4-2-1" folder

    • Once in this folder, select the machine you have (either the RostockMAX v4 or Artemis) Quick Start .3mf file, and click "Open"

    • A dialogue box will appear, select "Open as project"

  11. If a second dialogue box appears, just click "Open" Select the printer drop down menu in the upper left hand corner and click "Manage Printers" In this window, select the "Custom FFF Printer" from when we first started Cura and click "Remove"
    • If a second dialogue box appears, just click "Open"

    • Select the printer drop down menu in the upper left hand corner and click "Manage Printers"

    • In this window, select the "Custom FFF Printer" from when we first started Cura and click "Remove"

    • A window will pop up asking if you're sure. Click "Yes"

    • Close the Manage Printers window to return to the Main Cura interface

  12. First thing's first, select the pencil in the slicing settings menu a the upper right hand corner and click "Custom". Next click the hamburger menu and select "Show All Settings". This will become useful later on as you get more familiar with 3D printing and slicing software. Now, let's go over some of what you see on the screen (ref. pic 3):
    • First thing's first, select the pencil in the slicing settings menu a the upper right hand corner and click "Custom".

    • Next click the hamburger menu and select "Show All Settings". This will become useful later on as you get more familiar with 3D printing and slicing software.

    • Now, let's go over some of what you see on the screen (ref. pic 3):

    • At the top you'll see the two colors used to distinguish the two extruders for a dual extrusion machine. These are custom made material profiles that say PLA, but the material type and color in real life doesn't matter. This is just a tool in the software to show what parts will print with which extruder.

    • At the left is where you can change which extruder a part prints with. Simply select the part, then select the color associated with the extruder you want to print the part. Blue for Extruder 1, grey for Extruder 2.

    • Your main build area is represented in the center. Our Quick Start project files have our dual extrusion SeeMeCNC batarang file (edited from this file) pre-loaded, but you can easily delete these files and import whatever you want.

    • This circle "shadow" is indicating the approximate location and size of the purge tower that has to be used when printing in multiple materials. You'll see what it actually looks like when you slice your files and preview it.

  13. If you have multiple nozzle sizes or multiple printers, it will be easiest to install separate profiles for each printer. We'll use a 0.7 nozzle RostockMAX v4 as an example here. Just like before, select "File" and "Open File(S)..."
    • If you have multiple nozzle sizes or multiple printers, it will be easiest to install separate profiles for each printer. We'll use a 0.7 nozzle RostockMAX v4 as an example here.

    • Just like before, select "File" and "Open File(S)..."

    • Navigate to the folder containing the Quick Start .3mf project file for your desired nozzle size and printer type, and click "Open" and "Open as project"

    • If the shown dialogue box appears, make sure all the drop down menu options are set to "Update Existing", and click "Open"

    • When the project opens, you'll see the second machine has been added to your list of machines in the upper left, and a new slicing profile has been automatically imported on the right.

  14. If you have a machine with a single extruder or you're printing with different materials, you'll want to install a different slicing profile for your printer. Open the slicing profiles drop down menu and select "Manage Profiles" In the slicing profiles menu, select "Import"
    • If you have a machine with a single extruder or you're printing with different materials, you'll want to install a different slicing profile for your printer.

    • Open the slicing profiles drop down menu and select "Manage Profiles"

    • In the slicing profiles menu, select "Import"

    • Navigate to the folder labeled with the nozzle size you are using in the slicing profiles master folder you extracted earlier.

    • Select the material profile you want and click "Open", then close the pup-up stating the import was successful and close the slicing profiles menu.

    • You should now see the new material slicing profile available in the slicing profiles drop down menu!

    • Note: When using single extrusion profiles, both extruder colors and settings will still be visible in the interface. This is perfectly fine. Just make sure all models are set to color Blue for Extruder 1 before slicing!

  15. Just slice and print. Don't change a thing. Drop an STL into Cura and click "Slice",  "Preview" to preview the sliced file, then "Save to File".
    • Just slice and print. Don't change a thing. Drop an STL into Cura and click "Slice", "Preview" to preview the sliced file, then "Save to File".

    • Cura expert mode has about a zillion combinations of choices, so it's tricky no matter how good your are. We've invested some time to make general purpose profiles to slice most parts. Try them before adjusting anything.

    • Standards for SeeMeCNC Delta's for Cura 4-2-1, single or dual extrusion:

    • Filament starts 160mm above nozzle

    • Bed probe using the "Probe Autolevel" macro we wrote

    • Probe with hotend room temp and bed hot

    • Only turn on or off the "Generate Supports" check box under "Support" when getting started

  16. Whether you're a DIY hobbyist or business user, and no matter what your skill level, we hope this blog post improves your 3D printing experience when printing on your SeeMeCNC 3D printer!
    • Whether you're a DIY hobbyist or business user, and no matter what your skill level, we hope this blog post improves your 3D printing experience when printing on your SeeMeCNC 3D printer!

    • ( Editing and review by Gene B, Andy O, Paul L, Caleb F, Tim K )

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