Custom Printer Profiles
Who is this page for?
- Users who have their own custom printers and want to create profiles for them in MatterControl so they can use the functionality of the program as if the profile was packaged with the program
- 3D printer manufacturers or users who want to create a profile for their printer(s) so they can send them to the development team for inclusion in MatterControl so all users can benefit.
Create a .printer file
In version 1.6, profiles are stored in a 'MakeModel.printer' file containing default values set to the specs of your machine for all settings used in MatterControl. Instead of having separate configuration files for default settings, material, and quality presets (as was the process in previous versions of MatterControl), all of your settings will now be contained in this single .printer file.
If you haven't already, download MatterControl and install. Open the program and follow these steps to create a profile:
Create a new printer
Select Make and Model
NOTE: If you are a printer manufacturer with existing profiles in MatterControl it might be easier to select your previous printer in the setup wizard and make adjustments from there. It is not necessary to do so, however, and you can base your new settings off of any existing printer in MatterControl regardless of Make and Model name.
Show all settingsSettings Level Menu.
Edit printer settings
- Printer Name
- Baud Rate
- Bed Size
- Print Center
- Build Height
- Bed Shape
- Any applicable setting under Features
- Any applicable Custom G-Code
- Nozzle Diameter
- If more than one extruder, Extruder Offset
Click the MATERIAL drop down menu and select 'Add New Setting...'
An orange (or purple or green if you've specified more than one extruder) overlay will appear on a setting when it has been specified as a material preset.
Once you are satisfied with your choices close the MATERIAL presets editor.
A yellow overlay will appear on a setting when it has been specified as a quality preset.
Once you are satisfied with your choices close the QUALITY presets editor.
Export Printer Profile
Select the MatterControl export option and click the “Export Settings” button
In order to make the process easier on our end it would be great if you could use the following naming convention for the .printer file (MakeModel.printer)
Submit Your Files
Once you have your .printer file (which now contains all settings and presets) please email them to your MatterHackers representative or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can complete the integration into MatterControl.