How to use the recommended mode in Ultimaker Cura

The recommended printing mode is designed to provide a hassle-free printing experience for starting users or advanced users that quickly need to get their project printed. Depending on your machine, print core and material configuration, 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 provide variable layer heights between 60 and 400 micron, print speeds, and many more settings.

Overview of the recommended mode

  1. Print settings panel. This panel shows the current printing strategy at a glance, click it to view the entire panel
  2. Print profiles. The available profiles for the current configuration are visible. Selected Ultimaker 3D printers offer intent profiles, fine-tuned to meet specific needs
  3. Infill. The infill slider can be used to easily adjust the overall model strength
  4. Support. Enable or disable automatically generated support structures, with either of the available extruders, to get reliable and successful prints when necessary
  5. Adhesion. Enable or disable additional adhesive printed parts, the type of adhesion is automatically set by the print profile
  6. Custom mode. This will open the custom mode to manually finetune printing profiles

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Using the recommended mode

Simply go through the available parameters from top to bottom. At each step, consider the following:

  1. Print profile. The print profile is the base of your 3D printing strategy. Each profile, indicated by the available layer heights, is designed with the intention of the user in mind. Profiles with thin layers print slowly and precise and profiles with thick layers print quickly and rough. Consider which profile suits the current application. As an alternative for select printers, intent profiles offer a balance of quality and their intent.
  2. Infill. The infill of 3D prints has two primary functions; ensure the top parts of 3D prints close correctly as they are supported by the infill and define the overall strength of the 3D print. As a golden mean, an infill percentage of at least 15% is recommended for standard applications, increase the value to strengthen the 3D print.
  3. Support. Support structures are important for 3D models with sharp overhangs and completely floating parts. Ensure to enable the feature and select the correct extruder to print the support structure with.
  4. Adhesion. We recommend keeping adhesion enabled, unless there is a clear use case to benefit printing without it. The additional adhesion parts generally do not add much extra material cost or print time, but do add to the 3D print reliability.
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