Today I tried Cura for the first time.
To date I’ve used nothing but Slic3r & Pronterface. Pretty comfortable with printing ABS and getting good results.
(yes, printer fully enclosed)
I downloaded latest release of Cura and brought in an stl file. In this case I started with the makerbot dump truck from thingiverse. It’s small, but detailed enough to get a good idea of what’s happening.
I brought in the lulzbot ABS profile for fine_no-support, and put a brim on the part.
Question #1: Is there any way to start heating the bed and nozzle prior to hitting the “print” button on the pronterface-like control panel? Is the only way to use the control panel on the TAZ? It can’t be done inside the CURA interface?
Question #2: My print looks pretty messed up. I almost stopped it, but I want to get the whole thing done and take some pictures of it for you guys. The quality is definitely far off from what I printed using Slic3r and Pronterface. Obviously this is user error, but I’m perplexed as to what I did wrong.
So what I’m asking for is some basic CURA tips on getting prints dialed in fairly quickly for those of us trying to migrate over from Slic3r and Pronterface.
Any and all tips, help, and “hey you dumbass - just click this and don’t click that” type of comments are extremely welcome.