A Printer Profile contains information about the 3D printer that will be used to create custom print files for your machine.
- Printer’s bed size - The X, Y, and Z lengths of your printer's bed
- Bed origin - Usually located in the middle or bottom-left corner of the print bed. You can also set a custom origin by manually entering the Origin Offset values
- Bowden tube length - Used only for Bowden-style printers. We recommend measuring from the filament feed to the tip of the hot end. It's better to overestimate than underestimate this length
- Number of extruders
- Nozzle diameter
- Start and End G-Code sequences
Once the basic settings are set, review 'Advanced Settings' to ensure that the proper settings are used for your printer.
- File type - Variations of G-Code files used by your printer
- Firmware type - Firmware used by your printer. For the majority of printers, '5D Absolute' will be appropriate
- Firmware Purge - Some printers include a hard-coded purge when beginning a print. Because this purge is not in the print file, calculated splice lengths will all be incorrectly short by this amount. If your printer has a firmware purge, estimate the amount of filament it uses here
- Use Firmware Retraction - Some firmwares will have retractions hard-coded and you can use these instead of retraction settings in your Style Profile. If you're not sure about this feature, leave it unselected.
- Fan - Assign specific commands to enable and disable the fan. PWM refers to Pulse-width modulation which is a common method of controlling fans
- Extruder Clearance - Used with Layer Batching (coming soon to CANVAS)
- Movement Pings - Some printers have trouble pausing reliably during pings. This feature will cause the print head to move slowly back and forth a small distance during pinging.
- Ping off Tower - If you experience significant nozzle ooze during ping pauses, select this feature to help prevent under-extrusion and nozzle collision on the tower.
- Side Transitions
There can be multiple printer profiles in CANVAS and multiple profiles for the same printer. For example, you can have a printer profile for single color printing while also creating a duplicate of the same profile with settings for Palette.
Multiple Printer Profiles are also needed if you have multiple printers that you'd like to use with Palette. Simply detach the Teflon tube from one printer, attach it to the desired printer's extruder, then select the appropriate Printer Profile.
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