Cura 2.6 Beta!

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 14th, 2017, 11:40 am

I haven't used my printer all week....I've been meaning too since there's a few pieces I need to print...plus try out pre-configured settings for printing Ultimaker PC

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by reibuehl » June 20th, 2017, 8:23 am

BTW: Is it tradition at Ultimaker to send out Cura release announcements after they replaced the download link but before they had time to update the link to the release notes? I have seen this a number of times now that if you follow the announcement to the download page, the download link is there, but the release notes link below it still points to the old release notes of the previous version...

[Update] Now after a reload the download link from the announcement points back to Cura 2.5 and the 2.6 download link is gone again... 2.6 was out for half a day and is recalled now again?
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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 20th, 2017, 9:02 am

Yeah I got an email and the home page has a notification saying 2.6 is out....then leads to the same download page and 2.5 is the latest?

Something isn't flowing right?

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by Neotko » June 20th, 2017, 9:19 am

I did download it this morning and got a 2.6.0 Not sure if it's beta or isn't. It says 2.6.0 but also the change log says is beta.. Weird
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2.6.0

Cura versions
Cura 2.6 beta has local version folders, which means the new version won’t overwrite the existing configuration and profiles from older versions, but can create a new folder instead. You can now safely check out new beta versions and, if necessary, start up an older version without the danger of losing your profiles.

Better support adhesion
We’ve added extra support settings to allow the creation of improved support profiles with better PVA/PLA adhesion. The Support Interface settings, such as speed and density, are now split up into Support Roof and Support Floor settings.

Multi-extrusion support for custom FDM printers
Custom third-party printers and Ultimaker modifications now have multi-extrusion support. Thanks to Aldo Hoeben for this feature.

Model auto-arrange
We’ve improved placing multiple models or multiplying the same ones, making it easier to arrange your build plate. If there’s not enough build plate space or the model is placed beyond the build plate, you can rectify this by selecting ‘Arrange all models’ in the context menu or by pressing Command+R (MacOS) or Ctrl+R (Windows and Linux). Cura 2.6 beta will then find a better solution for model positioning.

Gradual infill
You can now find the Gradual Infill button in Recommended mode. This setting makes the infill concentrated near the top of the model – so that we can save time and material for the lower parts of the model. This functionality is especially useful when printing with flexible materials.

Support meshes
It’s now possible to load an extra model that will be used as a support structure.

Mold
This is a bit of an experimental improvement. Users can use it to print a mold from a 3D model, which can be cast afterwards with the material that you would like your model to have.

Towers for tiny overhangs
We’ve added a new support option allowing users to achieve more reliable results by creating towers to support even the smallest overhangs.

Cutting meshes
Easily transform any model into a dual-extrusion print by applying a pattern for the second extruder. All areas of the original model, which also fall inside the pattern model, will be printed by the extruder selected for the pattern.

Extruder per model selection via the context menu or extruder buttons
You can now select the necessary extruder in the right-click menu or extruder buttons. This is a quicker and more user-friendly process. The material color for each extruder will also be represented in the extruder icons.

Custom toggle
We have made the interface a little bit cleaner and more user-friendly for switching from Recommended to Custom mode.

Plugin installer
It used to be fairly tricky to install new plugins. We have now added a button to select and install new plugins with ease – you will find it in Preferences.

Project-based menu
It’s a lot simpler to save and open files, and Cura will know if it’s a project, model, or gcode.

Theme picker
If you have a custom theme, you can now apply it more easily in the preferences screen.

Time estimates per feature
You can hover over the print time estimate in the lower right corner to see how the printing time is divided over the printing features (walls, infill, etc.). Thanks to 14bitVoid for this feature.

Invert the direction of camera zoom
We’ve added an option to invert mouse direction for a better user experience.

Olsson block upgrade
Ultimaker 2 users can now specify if they have the Olsson block installed on their machine. Thanks to Aldo Hoeben for this feature.

OctoPrint plugin
Cura 2.6 beta allows users to send prints to OctoPrint. Thanks to Aldo Hoeben for this feature.

Bug fixes
- Post Processing plugin
- Font rendering
- Progress bar
- Support Bottom Distance issues

3rd party printers
- MAKEIT
- Alya
- Peopoly Moai
- Rigid3D Zero
- 3D maker

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 20th, 2017, 9:53 am

The Changelog mentions 2.6 Beta directly, I think you meant to remove Beta?

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 20th, 2017, 10:24 am

One thing about Cura in general...when you select it to load, either via a double-click on the desktop shortcut, or within the program menus, there's a substantial pause. You wonder if the program will load and at what point do you think it's hung, kind of thing

Is there anything you can do I Cura that shows a 'loading status'?

S3D is the same way....but I didn't know if you guys had the dev tools to alter that at all

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by nallath » June 20th, 2017, 10:29 am

LePaul wrote:
June 20th, 2017, 9:53 am
The Changelog mentions 2.6 Beta directly, I think you meant to remove Beta?

OctoPrint plugin
Cura 2.6 beta allows users to send prints to OctoPrint. Thanks to Aldo Hoeben for this feature.
Derp. This is us writing stupid changelogs.

As for the pausing; It's tricky. We try to show the splashscreen as fast as possible, but that isn't always fast enough.

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by drayson » June 20th, 2017, 10:33 am

is there an update of the beta available or is it stil the same from the first appearance?
I'm asking because at my notebook it always errors at start and closes imediately so no way to give it a try up to now...


EDIT: ok, forget it - saw that 2.6 is out now...

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by nilrog » June 20th, 2017, 10:40 am

I downloaded the Mac beta yesterday and it was almost impossible to launch it. I started Cura but noting happened, so I started it again 2 times more. Eventually it launched...without any loading screen.

Not the best "first impression" of a piece of software 😕

(and you can't even download it from the Cura page with Safari, Chrome is needed for the links to work 🙄)

That said...major improvements to the layer view 👍🙂

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 20th, 2017, 8:13 pm

Getting warnings from Microsoft to not install this....need to update some virus sigs? (I opted for "Run Anyways")

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 20th, 2017, 9:24 pm

Using the default settings for UM2+ and Ultimaker Blue PLA, my supports are stringing like crazy...picture soon

...and I hear crunching sounds everytime the print head moves to the beginning of a new layer, so we're nozzle rubbing the print again. "Avoid Printed Parts" doesn't seem to be cooperating

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by LePaul » June 20th, 2017, 9:39 pm

So again, using "dumb user" settings (recommended) and set to 0.10

Lot's of support stringing and it knocked over one of the supports.

It's basic prints like this, where Cura just fails, drives me crazy.
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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by GrueMaster » June 21st, 2017, 2:12 am

I think part of the loading speed issue could be resolved if there were an option to disable debug printing (or selectively enable it via commandline). I'm seeing a lot of output on the console, at least on the Linux versions (and I just tried 2.6.0 release). Windows users can test this by hitting Win+R and typing 'cmd', then cd to the path the program runs from, and typing the name of the program from there (I can test this at work, but I am usually too busy - +55 hours/week)

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by drayson » June 21st, 2017, 3:46 am

LePaul wrote:
June 20th, 2017, 9:39 pm
So again, using "dumb user" settings (recommended) and set to 0.10

Lot's of support stringing and it knocked over one of the supports.

It's basic prints like this, where Cura just fails, drives me crazy.
cura-fail.jpg
to avoid situatuions like this I usually switch on z-hop. sometimes it helps, sometimes not....

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Re: Cura 2.6 Beta!

Post by nallath » June 21st, 2017, 5:05 am

GrueMaster wrote:
June 21st, 2017, 2:12 am
I think part of the loading speed issue could be resolved if there were an option to disable debug printing (or selectively enable it via commandline). I'm seeing a lot of output on the console, at least on the Linux versions (and I just tried 2.6.0 release). Windows users can test this by hitting Win+R and typing 'cmd', then cd to the path the program runs from, and typing the name of the program from there (I can test this at work, but I am usually too busy - +55 hours/week)
That amount of logging should not take more than ~0.200 ms. Especially since the splash screen pretty much pops up before any logging is done.

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