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    Printing Cube3 files on CubePro

    I've been racking my brain to figure out the easiest way to get PETG in CubePro. The problem is that v1.87 kinda sucks on floor density and general print quality for cosmetic parts. However, it is the latest version we can decode and recompile. I am using v1.87 to snag the header and footer information. You will need to uninstall the 2.02 version to downgrade. They do not live nicely on the same system without intervention. And as they share file names and folders, it can go south real quick when you throw in the Windows user folders.
    Anyway, so for the best alternative materials, like PETG, I suppose that making them Cube3 files first would take care of avoiding v1.87 slicer issues and temperature changes. Basically, tweak the Cube3 file (Ekocycle profile works best for PETG) to your heart's content and swap out the header and footer from the v1.87 CubePro print file. That should convert your CubePro to a serious PETG printing machine.

    Finally figured out what the M240 Snn is doing. This is the location for 0, 0. There are also M240 Xnn and M240 Ynn which are simple "move this number of steps".

    Found out a Cube3 file with just the type and material change doesn't work. Don't do that!

    So the Cube3 files need the CubePro header and footer exchanged. pretty simple. But you do need version 1.87 of CubePro to get the header you need.
    I don't really trust the forum as I know it changes some values... worst of which is a swap from positive number by appending a - (minus).

    First findings... The "cross" infill if much more robust than on Cube3. Simply a different feed setting in the slicer. I see this as a plus for the moment.

    Once we get the ability to change the config files (recompile), it should be simple to cross the appropriate slicer settings to make CubePro equivalent to the Cube3. I know this seems a strange direction to take things, but if you think about it, Cube3 is a different animal. This is merely added functionality... call it a different profile.

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    ^Firmware:V1.03A
    ^Minfirmware:V1.00
    ^DRM:000000000000
    ^ConfigAndConfiguration:F403-F396
    ^PrinterModel:CUBEPRO
    ^MaterialCodeE1:250
    ^MaterialCodeE2:-1
    ^MaterialCodeE3:-1
    ^MaterialLengthE1: 1052.323
    ^MaterialLengthE2: 0.000
    ^MaterialLengthE3: 0.000
    ^ExtruderTypeE1:0
    ^ExtruderTypeE2:0
    ^ExtruderTypeE3:0
    ^ModelHeight: 12.600
    ^LayerCount: 63
    ^LayerHeight:0.2
    ^XSize:25.4
    ^YSize:25.4
    ^Supports:-1
    ^Raft:-1
    ^Sidewalks:-1
    ^Density:Strong
    ^Patterniamond
    ^Version:1494
    ^Time:27
    M404 S40
    M227 P250 S250 G300 F700
    M228 P0 S250
    M231 P0 S0
    M232 P2500 S2500
    M233 P1850
    M106 P100
    G4 P0
    M601 P2 S30 F5
    M228 P0 S1
    M227 P1 S1 G1000 F1000
    M240 S1400
    M104 S200 P1
    M104 S250 P1
    G1 X108.000 Y136.000 Z5.2000 F9000.0
    G1 X108.000 Y161.000 Z5.2000 F9000.0
    G1 X108.000 Y157.000 Z5.2000 F9000.0
    M104 S250
    M551 P1500 S50
    G1 X108.000 Y136.000 Z5.2000 F9000.0
    M601 P2 S30 F5
    M107
    M404 S60 P1
    M107
    ^InitComplete

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    The EOF condition needs a little work to actually lower the build tray and actually finish. But the default from the last M103 will suffice for now.

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    3onpro.PNG

    It even looks like a Cube3 file! Note the texture on the top. CubePro tends to be smoother. I see a little moire on the walls but less than what I've seen on CubePro prints.

    Dimensionally, I get the following results: 1x1x.5 inch brick with .5" hole. 1.005 +/- .005 in X and Y and .51 in Z. The hole came out at .46 ID which is small by 1mm. This is fairly consistent with Cube3 prints. Something I've been compensating for in creating Cube3 models.

    As to the glue on the Lokbuild, it is becoming philic pretty well. Printing the Rei model took a good size chunk of glue out of the middle . Today I added water and worked the moistened glue into the bald spot. The glue adhered beautifully in a smooth film.

    And this ABS print remained perfectly flat... and again, serious endeavor to remove the print, even with such a small footprint. Note how the glue remained with the Lokbuild this time.

    glue.PNG

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    I am quite impressed and humbled by this finding. I'll have to start converting a few models to see where the limitations come in. One I seriously consider a challenge are bridges. These may over-extrude causing droop... 3DBenchy should help this evaluation.

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    Just to be clear... as I needed to clarify this to myself...
    The config files that need tweaking is the Cube3 configs.
    Basically tune a Cube3 profile that matches CubePro. ...information already provided with CubePro in their configs... a full set of Cube3 configs in your CubePro folder.

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    Today I am trying another Cube3 file on the CubePro. I've extracted this file again from CubePro v1.87:

    ^Firmware:V2.00
    ^Minfirmware:V1.14B
    ^DRM:000000000000
    ^ConfigAndConfiguration:F403-F396
    ^PrinterModel:CUBEPRO
    ^MaterialCodeE1:250
    ^MaterialCodeE2:-1
    ^MaterialCodeE3:-1
    ^MaterialLengthE1: 781.808
    ^MaterialLengthE2: 0.000
    ^MaterialLengthE3: 0.000
    ^ExtruderTypeE1:0
    ^ExtruderTypeE2:-16531
    ^ExtruderTypeE3:28095
    ^ModelHeight: 12.600
    ^LayerCount: 42
    ^LayerHeight:0.3
    ^XSize:25.4
    ^YSize:25.4
    ^Supports:-1
    ^Raft:-1
    ^Sidewalks:-1
    ^Density:Hollow
    ^Pattern:Cross
    ^Version:1494
    ^Time:16
    M404 S40
    M227 P250 S250 G300 F700
    M228 P0 S250
    M231 P0 S0
    M232 P2500 S2500
    M233 P1850
    M106 P100
    G4 P0
    M601 P2 S30 F5
    M228 P0 S1
    M227 P1 S1 G1000 F1000
    M240 S1400
    M104 S200 P1
    M104 S265 P1
    G1 X108.000 Y136.000 Z5.1000 F9000.0
    G1 X108.000 Y161.000 Z5.1000 F9000.0
    G1 X108.000 Y157.000 Z5.1000 F9000.0
    M104 S265
    M551 P1500 S50
    G1 X108.000 Y136.000 Z5.1000 F9000.0
    M601 P2 S30 F5
    M107
    M404 S60 P1
    M107
    ^InitComplete


    [insert gcode here!]


    M103
    ^LayerTime: 12.7000 16.295 781.808
    M106 P100
    M103
    M561 P400 S500
    G4 P1
    M104 S0
    M204 S0
    M304 S0
    M107

    Next, I created an Ekocycle file of a rather large part with supports and sidewalks.

    I removed the image data from the end of the file and replace all the following:
    M227 P250 S250 G300 F700
    M228 P0 S250
    I forgot to change temperatures but the CubePro ABS seems to not care. Therefore, the print will run at 250C which is what CubePro does for Solid prints.
    I'm running 5 walls as Almost Solid does from the CubePrint v4.03 app.

    I renamed the recompiled file to *.cubepro and was able to open it in the CubePro v2.02 application.
    Which also meant I could send the file via WiFi to the printer.

    Why did I do this? I tried running this part on the CubePro slicer. There was nothing I liked about the sliced file.
    I want to see if this method can tame the files meant for the Cube3/Ekocycle to function better on the CubePro.
    So far, this is looking very promising! Just the limit of 6"-cube build area is still in play using this method.

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    ...and it worked!

    refl1.PNGrefl2.PNG

    So again, this is an Ekocycle print (almost solid with supports and diamond fill). It is seriously solid! This profile does over-extrude but not to a detrimental degree. The infill is a very solid tight diamond pattern. The temperature reduction didn't hurt one bit. Supports removed easily as did the sidewalk. But it took -forever- to print.

    You will see the artifacts at the bottom where the ABS did curl a little and you can see the excess extrusion when patterns changed. But overall, I am seriously impressed with this simple implementation of Cube3 profiles printing on the CubePro Duo.
    Last edited by TommyDee; 03-28-2019 at 09:44 AM.

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    It may not look perfect, nonetheless, it still has done a great job.

 

 

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