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How to import profiles to Cura 4.x (Windows & macOS)

How to import profiles to Cura 4.x (Windows & macOS)

How to import profiles to Cura 4.x (Windows & macOS)
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How to import profiles to Cura 4.x (Windows & macOS)
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Step 1 Getting the Cura profiles

Getting the Cura profiles
Getting the Cura profiles
WARNING: Current profiles were tested on the Cura 4.7.1 and may not work on the other versions.
The following guide will help you import and activate custom profiles tweaked by Josef Prusa for your Original Prusa printer.
This guide is valid both for Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS. There are some small differences in the setup, pay attention to the instructions ;)
Important: latest profiles include settings for generic PLA, ASA, ABS, PETG as well as Prusament.
Supported printers:
Original Prusa i3 MK3S and MK3
Original Prusa i3 MK2.5S, MK2.5 and MK2S
Original Prusa MINI

Step 2 What is inside the package?

What is inside the package?
What is inside the package?
What is inside the package?
The package includes several subfolders, which must be imported (or copied) into the Cura. Note you have to use correct version of the settings!
Folder 01_Cura_printer_definitons includes profiles for the printers with dimensions, speeds and other parameters.
Folder 02_Cura_printer_extruders additional parameters for the printer, specifically for the extruder properties (new in Cura 3.5.1).
Folder 03_Cura_meshes includes platforms (heatbeds), which are just for the visual effect, though it is good to know, where your object will be printed on the heatbed.
Folder 04_Cura_layerheight_profiles includes settings for various layer heights (print quality).
Folder 05_Cura_Prusa_materials includes materials, which should be imported because default Cura material values differ from what is recommended for Prusa filaments.
File Readme.txt summarises changes to this package.

Step 3 Importing Prusa printers (part 1)

Importing Prusa printers (part 1)
Importing Prusa printers (part 1)
By default Cura list of printers does not include Original Prusa i3 models. Let's fix it ;) First, save your work and close the Cura software.
Open the unzipped package and go to the folder: 01_Cura_printer_definitions
Apple macOS: in a second window head to /Users/YOURUSERNAME/Library/Application Support/cura/4.x/definitions
MS Windows: in a second window head to C:\Program Files\Ultimaker Cura 4.x\resources\definitions
On Mac open the Finder, press "Command+Shift+G" and enter "~/Library" (without quotes)
The path can slightly differ, for example, if you have a different version of Cura installed. Also on macOS the "Library" folder is hidden.
Copy the file(s) "...def.json" from the package to the Cura folder.

Step 4 Importing Prusa printers (part 2)

Importing Prusa printers (part 2)
Importing Prusa printers (part 2)
Open the unzipped package and go to the folder: 02_Cura_printer_extruders
Apple macOS: in a second window head to /Users/YOURUSERNAME/Library/Application Support/cura/4.x/extruders
MS Windows: in a second window head to C:\Program Files\Ultimaker Cura 4.x\resources\extruders
The path can slightly differ, for example, if you have a different version of Cura installed. Also on macOS this folder is hidden.
Copy the file(s) "...def.json" from the package to the Cura folder.

Step 5 Importing Prusa printers (part 3)

Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
In the unzipped package open the folder: 03_Cura_meshes
Apple macOS: right-click on the Cura icon, from the context menu select "Show package contents", then open folders in following sequence Contents->Resources->resources->meshes
MS Windows: in a second window head to C:\Program Files\Ultimaker Cura 4.x\resources\meshes
The path can slightly differ, for example, if you have a different version of Cura installed.
Copy the file(s) "...platform.stl" from the package to the Cura folder.

Step 6 Importing Prusa printers (part 3)

Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
Importing Prusa printers (part 3)
From now on the steps are the same both for MS Windows and Apple macOS.
Now, open the Cura software

You will be prompted to select a printer preset.

If not, navigate to the Printer preset menu on the left, select Add printer

Select Add a non-networked printer
Click the Prusa Research and select the desired printer model.
Use only the profiles from Prusa Research as those are developed and tested by our company. If the printer name is missing the "Original" in its name, then it is from a different manufacturer.
Cura allows you to add one printer at a time. If you want to add more printers repeat this step.

Step 7 Importing printer's profiles (layer heights)

Importing printer's profiles (layer heights)
Importing printer's profiles (layer heights)
Importing printer's profiles (layer heights)
Go to Preferences -> Configure Cura
Click the Profiles and Import.
Find the profiles on your drive (folder 04_Cura_layerheight_profiles), select one and open it. Unfortunately, Cura doesn't support multiple profiles import at once.
Repeat this step until you import all the profiles you wanted.
DON'T CLOSE this window yet, we will use it in the next step.

Step 8 Importing materials

Importing materials
Importing materials
Importing materials
Click the Materials and Import.
Find the profiles on your drive (folder 05_Cura_Prusa_materials), select one and open it. Unfortunately, Cura doesn't support multiple profiles import at once.
Your new material will appear in the list named as Prusa Research (e.g. Prusament PLA). You can also click on Activate to select it or do it later on the main screen from a drop-down menu by simply selecting the profile.
Repeat this step until you import all the materials you wanted.

Step 9 Final check

Final check
Final check
Before you slice and print, lets make a final check:
Your printer is selected (e.g. Original Prusa i3 MK3S).
The desired material is used (e.g. Prusament PLA)
Correct custom profile is applied (e.g. 0.2 Fast for MK3S).
That is all! Enjoy your printer and happy printing ;)
You can discuss your experience and print results on Prusa Research forum.
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