To add a custom material, duplicate a material in which physical properties come closest to the new material. This way the printer knows at which temperatures to do filament changes and printer calibrations.
Note: When you want to duplicate a material and synchronize this with the printer, choose a non-Ultimaker or non-generic material as a base profile.
The material settings you have to provide are often easily accessible from the packaging of the filament or the website of the manufacturer.
- Display name. Choose an easily recognizable name that represents your custom material
- Brand. Enter the brand of the filament manufacturer
- Material type. This value should remain the same, as the Ultimaker firmware needs this to determine the right temperatures
Note: When setting the 'Material type' to a type unavailable in Ultimaker Cura, the software will not recognize it and all print profiles will be missing. For example: When using 'ASA' material, simply choose ABS, as it is the most similar material to ABS.
- Color. Select the square color icon to change it. Loaded models with this material will be displayed in this color on the build plate
- Density. The weight of the filament per square centimeter
- Diameter. Ultimaker only supports 2,85mm filament
- Filament cost. Enter the cost of your filament spool
- Filament weight. Enter the weight of a single spool of filament
- Length and cost per meter. These are automatically calculated by Ultimaker Cura based on the previous settings
- Unlink material. Unlinking the material is required for creating a new file to recognize the material and its settings on the printer
- Description. This field allows to add useful information like filament characteristics and build plate adhesion tips