Ultimaker Cura 3.0 slicing software product features
Ultimaker, a 3D printer manufacturer in Netherlands released its latest slicing software, Ultimaker Cura 3.0. The announcement came a year after the launch of the Ultimaker 3. This latest software is a 3D printing supply that improves the performance of Ultimaker’s 3D printers. Its powerful features further increase the enjoyment and 3D printing experience of Cura users.
What makes this slicing software different from other brands? What are the expectations for this latest software? Listed below are the features of Ultimaker Cura 3.0.
Ultimaker Cura 3.0 offers new skin settings. The first is the skin removal width. It allows the removal of thin strips of skin from 3D models. This feature prevents head zigzagging and vibrations. This setting improves the print quality of products.
The skin expand distance setting enables better support of product features through the expansion of skins with the thickness of walls. Finally, there is the extra skin wall count.
This feature allows printing of wall around the skin to reduce pillowing, curling and gaps. It also provides fast printing speed. These additional skin settings improve the print details of every 3D products. These improvements also decrease the density of supports for 3D products.
This slicing software displays updated interface. The startup speed is fast, and it has a redesigned splash screen. Settings are clear and natural. The print controls are more intuitive than its previous version. Users can use this software without worrying about complicated panels. Its rasterized build plate displays gradations of 1 mm and 10 mm. This feature improves the accuracy of model positioning.
This slicing software offers integration with prominent engineering and design software with the use of plug-ins. This improvement ensures a smooth workflow integration with third-party plugin platforms such as Siemens NX and SolidWorks. These two were the initial plugins included during the launch, but more are expected to be added in the future. This software also allows the creation of new plugins from software developers and businesses to improve workflow. These plugin choices increase the accessibility of 3D printing and make production easier.
Ultimaker Cura 3.0 has enabled PVA gradual support. This setting allows the decrease of PVA infill in the support and increase of infill towards the interface. This feature reduces printing time, PVA dissolving time, and material consumption. The PVA support also allows the increase of PVA retraction length during a print core switch. This helps reduce stringing and provides consistent product results.
This latest software provides cross infill and quarter cubic infill functions. The first function is a fractal-pattern infill that is best for flexible materials because it provides less material elongation. The latter is like tetrahedral infill but results to less rigid and tougher products. It also offers Z seam options. These options allow control over the placement of seam without worrying about corner angles.
Its improved print quality slider allows the intuitive sliding between time and quality. This version has fixed several bugs. It supports different file formats like 3MF, OBJ, and STL. It can print multiple objects with different settings at the same time.
Ultimaker Cura 3.0 is the slicing software for both novices and professionals. The basics and the use of this software are suited for beginners in the 3D printing industry. Meanwhile, experts can enjoy the 200 settings included in this software for further improvement of 3D models.
This software is open source and free. It is a must-have 3D printing supply for Cura users. Optimize the use of this software with the Ultimaker 3 printer for the best dual extrusion printing. The combination of these two products creates smooth and reliable 3D printing experience.