Episode 2 - Small parts & fine details

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Episode summary

Many prints, large and small, require fine details to be as good as possible. While some view FFF as not good enough for fine detail printing, it actually turns out you can get surprising results with the right set-up and Ultimaker Cura settings.

This episode takes a close look at the right settings for fine detail printing: which printer do you need, what settings matter, and options do you have. We explore two totally different applications, and explain why those specific settings were set the way they are.

After this episode, you'll know how to set up your Ultimaker Cura in the right way for getting the most out of your Ultimaker printer, using Ultimaker Cura 5, and you can replicate the examples shown in the episode easily by downloading the assets below.

Asset library

Slide Deck

Please find here the slides shown during the episode.

Download slide deck Episode 2 - Small parts & fine details

Cheat sheet

This cheat sheet helps you to quickly determine which settings are right for your specific needs in fine details: depending on the model and purpose.

Download the cheat sheet

Settings Guide plug-in

We highly recommend that you install the Settings Guide plug-in. It gives you a hover-over detailed explanation of every setting in Ultimaker Cura. Find the plug-in here.

(Note: an update of the plug-in will be soon available to make it compatible with Ultimaker Cura 5).

Model and Project files

Below you can download model and project files for all sample applications shown in the episode. All files are 3MF files. The 3D model file contains only the part (STL) and can be opened in Cura for any printer type. The project files are also 3MF files, but contain the tunings in settings that we showed during the episode, available for all Ultimaker printers.

 

Sample part 3D model file (3MF) Project file (3MF)
Figurine* Model file .3MF

Ultimaker S5

Ultimaker S3

Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker 2+ Connect

Architectural wave tower

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Model file .3MF

Ultimaker S5

Ultimaker S3

Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker 2+ Connect

Architectural terraces tower

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Model file .3MF

STL 1

STL 2

Ultimaker S5

Ultimaker S3

Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker 2+ Connect

All project files are created with - and only compatible with - Cura 5. Download Cura 5 beta here. Final release version expected before end of May 2022.

 

* A model has been included these assets that can be distributed freely which is slightly different from the one shown in the video.

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