On this page we go through some of the more advanced, but useful settings in cura.
There are many advanced settings to tinker with in cura. Many of these are hidden by default and can be un-hidden by hovering the mouse over the setting category headlines and clicking the cog wheel
You will be taken to the list of all available settings, and scrolled down to the category where you clicked the cog wheel. Here it scrolled us down to "Materials".
Tree supports are a great replacement to normal supports in many cases. If tall supports, support wall thickness should be increased to 2 lines (1.2mm on a 0.6mm nozzle).
+ Can save a lot of time and material
+ Can be far easier to remove afterwards
- Doesn't do well on low supports
- Might not reach all desired places or have uneven coverage, always slice and check in Layer View
Ironing makes the nozzle travel around the top layer one aditional time, just at the surface height, but not extruding any meaningful ammount of filament. The goal is to melt the top layer and use the nozzle tip as an 'iron' to create a more smooth flat top surface.
+Surface may look far smoother
- Adds a lot of time to print
- May produce small blobs of material around the surface
- May make top layer look smoother but very different from the rest of model