Cura is a complex program with which you can set hundreds of printing parameters for perfect 3D printing. Since every material, every color needs its own parameters, it quickly becomes confusing. In order to avoid expensive misprints, there is the option of creating material and quality profiles in Cura.

With a material profile you define the following parameters:

  • Filament manufacturer
  • Material type
  • Material color
  • Filament diameter
  • Material density
  • Net weight of the filament roll
  • Default printing temperature
  • Default hotbed temperature
  • Standby temperature Cooling
  • Build volume temperature

Deviating from the default, values specifically determined for a printer type or nozzle can also be specified.

Here is an example of a material profil:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<fdmmaterial version="1.3" xmlns="">
           <material>PolyLite PLA</material>
           <label>Yellow PLA</label>
       <color_code>#ffe92a</color_code> <!-- Hex code -->
       <description>Nozzel 190-230°C, Bed Temperature 25-60°C, Speed 40-60mm/s Cooling 100%. PolyLite™ is a family of 3D printing filaments made with the best raw materials to deliver excep
tional quality and reliability. PolyLite™ covers the most popular 3D printing materials to meet your everyday needs in design and prototyping. PolyLite™ PLA is a high-quality PLA designed fo
r reliability and ease of printing.
       <adhesion_info>Print on bare glass. Use tape for cold build plates.</adhesion_info>
       <density>1.17</density> <!-- According to the manufacturer's data sheet -->
       <weight>1000</weight>   <!-- Net weight -->
       <setting key="print temperature">190.0</setting> <!-- Average of the manufacturer's recommendation -->
       <setting key="heated bed temperature">40.0</setting> <!-- Average of the manufacturer's recommendation -->
       <setting key="standby temperature">150.0</setting>
       <setting key="print cooling">100.0</setting>
       <setting key="adhesion tendency">0</setting>
       <setting key="surface energy">100</setting>
       <setting key="build volume temperature">28</setting>
        <!-- Weedo X40 Nozzle Parameter, Only required if parameters that differ from the default are required -->
           <machine_identifier manufacturer="WEEDO" product="Weedo X40"/>
           <setting key="print cooling">100</setting>
           <hotend id="0.4mm Weedo Nozzle">
               <setting key="print temperature">190.0</setting>
           <hotend id="0.4mm Zodiac Nozzle">
               <setting key="print temperature">190.0</setting>


The GUID must be different for each material profile! You can generate it under:


To be able to use the material profile, you only have to save it in the Cura resources / materials directory

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