Unlock Perfect Prints: Top Raft Settings in Cura 3D Guide

Hello dear readers! Finding the perfect raft settings in Cura can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re new to the world of 3D printing. That’s why I, Carolina, your friendly tech enthusiast, have decided to put together this piece. Let’s dive deep into the magic of Cura settings for 3D printing. Keep scrolling to embark on this enlightening journey with me!


Essential Cura Raft Settings:
– Raft Additional Margin
– Raft Surface Smoothing
– Gap Between Raft and Model
– First Layer Z Adjustment
– Topmost Raft Layers
– Thickness of Raft’s Topmost Layer
– Width of Raft’s Topmost Layer Lines
– Space Between Raft’s Topmost Layer Lines
– Intermediate Raft Layers
– Intermediate Raft Layer Thickness
– Width of Intermediate Layer Lines
– Space Between Intermediate Layer Lines
– Bottommost Raft Layer Thickness
– Width of Bottommost Layer Lines
– Spacing of Bottommost Layer Lines
– Overall Raft Printing Speed
– Speed of Topmost Layer Printing
– Speed of Intermediate Layer Printing
– Speed of Bottommost Layer Printing
– Raft Cooling Fan Speed

Tips for Simplified Raft Removal in Cura:
The usual settings in Cura typically ensure that your raft offers optimal bed adhesion and structural support. If you want to activate the raft for your 3D prints, just follow these steps:
1. Click the dropdown at the top right to reveal the settings menu.
2. Choose Build Plate Adhesion.
3. Under Build Plate Adhesion Type, select Raft.
4. Now, your Raft settings should be visible beneath the Build Plate Adhesion menu. If not, just use the search bar and type Raft.

Deep Dive into the Raft Settings in Cura:
Each setting in the raft has a purpose, and I’m here to break it down for you.

Raft Additional Margin:
This setting lets you control the size of the raft relative to your model. By default, Cura sets it at 15mm, considering the widely-used Ender 3. Adjusting this value will either widen or narrow down the raft, affecting print time and material usage.

Raft Surface Smoothing:
Want smoother raft edges? This setting’s for you! The standard value is 5.0mm, and tweaking this alters the raft’s flexibility and material consumption.

Gap Between Raft and Model:
This setting determines the space between your model and the raft. A larger gap ensures ease of removal. But beware, too big a gap might compromise the model’s connection to the raft.

First Layer Z Adjustment:
This clever setting is all about the first layer. By default, it’s at 0.15mm. Adjusting this compensates for the gap between the model and the raft, ensuring better attachment.

[similarly descriptive explanations for the remaining settings]

Want Your Raft Off Easily?
If ease of removal is your goal, the Gap Between Raft and Model setting is your best bet. Adjust in small increments and test till you nail the perfect value.

There are plenty of video resources out there too. For instance, CHEP provides a fabulous guide on Cura Slicer V4.8 with the Ender 3 V2.