1. Download the Makertech Edition of CURA from here. Currently, this is only available for Windows machines.
    • Download the Makertech Edition of CURA from here. Currently, this is only available for Windows machines.

    • If you are running MAC or Linux or already running CURA on your machine, we recommend adding the Makertech printing profiles instead. Instructions for doing so can be found here.

  2. Our first print will be the 3D Benchy.
    • Our first print will be the 3D Benchy.

    • Click here to download the STL file.

  3. In Cura add the Proforge 3 3D printer.
    • In Cura add the Proforge 3 3D printer.

  4. Under the Travel dropdown adjust the retraction setting to 0.2mm for the direct drive extruder.
    • Under the Travel dropdown adjust the retraction setting to 0.2mm for the direct drive extruder.

  5. Click here to load the Benchy STL that you downloaded earlier.
    • Click here to load the Benchy STL that you downloaded earlier.

  6. Set the correct nozzle size and material for your set-up. The default profiles give you a good starting point, these will need to be edited to get the best results out of your material, this can be done by going into the custom settings.
    • Set the correct nozzle size and material for your set-up.

    • The default profiles give you a good starting point, these will need to be edited to get the best results out of your material, this can be done by going into the custom settings.

  7. Once happy, hit slice and save the gcode to your SD card.
    • Once happy, hit slice and save the gcode to your SD card.

  8. Fix the spool holder assembly to the side of the printer:
    • Fix the spool holder assembly to the side of the printer:

    • M5 x 100mm Bolt

    • M5 Penny Washer

    • M5 T-Nut

  9. Use a pair of scissors or side cutters to cut a sharp point to your filament. Place the spool onto the spool holder and feed the filament through the filament sensor and up to the extruder. Put pressure on the extruder idler arm and continue to feed the filament into the hotend.
    • Use a pair of scissors or side cutters to cut a sharp point to your filament.

    • Place the spool onto the spool holder and feed the filament through the filament sensor and up to the extruder.

    • Put pressure on the extruder idler arm and continue to feed the filament into the hotend.

  10. Pre-heat the hotend and heated bed. Remember that the bed is measuring the temperature of the heater, the platform still requires a few minutes to uniformly reach that temperature. Remember that the bed is measuring the temperature of the heater, the platform still requires a few minutes to uniformly reach that temperature.
    • Pre-heat the hotend and heated bed.

    • Remember that the bed is measuring the temperature of the heater, the platform still requires a few minutes to uniformly reach that temperature.

  11. From the home screen go to Print -> TFT SD -> P3_3DBenchy.gcode From the home screen go to Print -> TFT SD -> P3_3DBenchy.gcode From the home screen go to Print -> TFT SD -> P3_3DBenchy.gcode
    • From the home screen go to Print -> TFT SD -> P3_3DBenchy.gcode

  12. Once the print begins, you can monitor/adjust it from the print menu. Make sure that you have a good first layer, this is key to a good print. If it's too close (the nozzle is scraping the bed) or too high (the first layer is peeling away) adjust your P offset. See the previous guide for a reminder on how to do that.
    • Once the print begins, you can monitor/adjust it from the print menu.

    • Make sure that you have a good first layer, this is key to a good print.

    • If it's too close (the nozzle is scraping the bed) or too high (the first layer is peeling away) adjust your P offset. See the previous guide for a reminder on how to do that.

    • Keep monitoring your print.

  13. Your Proforge 3 is successfully up and running!
    • Your Proforge 3 is successfully up and running!

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Which setting in CURA must be used. I used the default setting but the layers don't stick to each other. The printer is otherwise set up and calibrated correctly. The first layer sticks well. What do I have to change?

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