Want to print with different colors on a single nozzle or embed something in the print itself? Find out how to use Cura's pause at height feature, stopping your print at a specific point!
Say you have a single nozzle 3D printer but would still like to print some multicolor objects, or maybe you want to insert an object inside your 3D print. “Pause at height” is the feature that will help you in achieving your goals: It’s a feature in Ultimaker Cura that lets you pause your ongoing 3D print at the desired height.
Ultimaker Cura is one of the most widely-used slicers in 3D printing, with lots of amazing features that are built-in to enhance your 3D printing experience. One such feature is pausing a print at specific height. The primary reason you would find this feature useful is to do multicolor printing, since it enables you to swap out your filament midway through a print.
Of course, there are other reasons, as well, so allow us to explain how to use the pause feature in Cura as well as explore other methods of pausing your print midway.
The pause at height feature in Cura is hidden in the user interface of the slicer since it’s actually a post-processing plug-in. It can be used before slicing your model, but the more effective way is to use it once you’re sure about your primary slicing settings.
The steps to enable this feature are as follows:
Once selected, you are presented with a range of settings that you need to set to use this feature.
These settings will help you entirely control the pausing of your print:
Part of the fun is discovering the settings that suit your personal needs the best.
Cura offers one of the easiest ways to pause printing midway, but it’s not the only one!
First of all, if you’re using a printer that uses Marlin firmware, there is a “Change Filament” option in the “Tune” menu. Additionally, there is also an option to pause the print entirely. These two perform the same function of pausing a print midway, though their execution differs slightly:
Apart from using Cura and Marlin interfaces, the next best thing is to play around with G-code, but this represents a more in-depth option.
As you can see, there are several ways to pause prints, whether to switch colors or embed objects, inside your models. No matter the use case, it comes down to finding the option that best suits your needs!
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