Many 3D printing enthusiasts who use PrusaSlicer wonder how to download different profiles to use with the software. That’s why I wrote this article, to teach people how to download profiles for PrusaSlicer.
To download profiles for PrusaSlicer you’ll need to find a custom profile that can be downloaded, you can find them on the Printables website, at 3D printing forums, on GitHub, or on YouTube and online platforms. Then, import that profile into PrusaSlicer and print a test to make sure your profile is working correctly.
This is the basic answer, keep reading to find out more information on how to download profiles for PrusaSlicer.
How to Download Profiles for PrusaSlicer
These are the main steps to download profiles for PrusaSlicer:
- Find a custom profile for PrusaSlicer
- Import the profile into PrusaSlicer
- Print a test
Find a Custom Profile for PrusaSlicer
The first step is to find and download a custom profile for PrusaSlicer. You can find profiles on different websites online.
The most common places to find and download custom profiles for PrusaSlicer are:
- 3D printing forums
- YouTube and online platforms
Prusa Research, the company behind PrusaSlicer, has a community website called Printables where you can find a dedicated section for user-contributed custom profiles and settings.
In the top right of the website, you can search for “Profiles” and find different profiles that can be downloaded for free, such as the Sunlu & JAYO Bambu X1C Profiles for PETG and PLA Plus
One user explained that the profile is the file that tells the slicer what kind of machine it is and its properties such as bed size, height speed capabilities, and extruder type.
The profile has suggested printing settings that should work for many models. These profiles are available natively in some slicers, others you can download from online sources.
3D Printing Forums
Users often share their settings and profiles, and you can also ask for recommendations. You can also use the search function to see if you can find profiles to be downloaded.
One user suggests using the Elegoo official Neptune 4 profile for the PrusaSlicer. He stated that it is perfect for owners of the Neptune 4 3D printer.
Some users and organizations may host their custom profiles for PrusaSlicer on GitHub. You can search for repositories or profiles specifically designed for your printer and materials.
You can use the search engine on GitHub to search for “3D printing profiles” which will take you to several options of profiles to be downloaded.
One user recommends using the Slic3r PE profiles, which have worked beautifully for him.
He said that you should inspect the start code and it overwrites a few settings to bring them down, which is also a reason the profile works so well.
YouTube and Online Platforms
Search for tutorials and guides related to your specific 3D printer model. At Thangs, you can search for a profile at the search bar and check out the results.
One user recommends downloading and using the CHEP profile for the Ender 3 on PrusaSlicer. He stated that it is a profile that always worked for him.
Check out the video below for more information about adding profiles to PrusaSlicer.
Import the Profile into PrusaSlicer
Now that you’ve downloaded the profile, you need to import it into PrusaSlicer:
- Open PrusaSlicer on your computer.
- In the top menu, click on “File”, select “Import” and then choose “Import Config Bundle.”
- Navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded profile and select the .ini or .ini.factory file.
- Click “Open” to import the profile.
Profiles are typically stored as .ini or .ini.factory files.
One user stated that you can find the printer profiles stored in PrusaSlicer by going under “Help” in the menu and selecting the “Show configuration folder” option. That will tell you where the printer profiles are.
Another user stated that you can find the printer profiles stored in PrusaSlicer by going to C:/Users/username/AppData/Roaming/PrusaSlicer for Windows.
One 3D printing hobbyist stated that at the top left where it shows the profile, you can create a new one or save over an existing one.
He stated that if you change any settings from the profile, PrusaSlicer will prompt you to keep or discard the changes.
Check out the video below for more information about importing profiles on PrusaSlicer.
Print a Test
The last step is to print a test with the profile you selected. The configuration will depend on the filament and the profile you are using.
To print a test, you’ll need to:
- Import a Model
- Configure Slicer Settings
- Slice the Model
- Export G-code and Print the Model
By completing this test print, you’ll gain confidence in the profile settings you’ve created for PrusaSlicer.
Make note of any issues or areas for improvement, as this information can be invaluable for further refining your 3D printing profile.
Over time, you’ll likely adjust and fine-tune your settings to achieve even better results in your future 3D printing projects.
A 3D printing hobbyist stated that while it is easy to find profiles online, the best is to build your own, starting with a generic one and tuning in from there.
One user explained that when you save a profile it asks for a name, if you change the name you will have a new profile which you can fill with whatever settings you want.
Another user said that if you do File > Export > Config bundle all of your custom print, filament, and printer profiles will be saved into one file, but as individual profiles.
He stated that this is the best way to back up your custom profiles.
Check out the video below for more information about profiles for PrusaSlicer.