Cura 15.04 received acknowledgement and many awards by the entire industry. To ensure its future we invested in some fundamental changes and improvements, far down to the deepest caverns of the engine. We decided to reengineer the entire thing, build a solid foundation and make it available for our community. It has been designed for expansion, customization and contribution and together we move forward through beta-versions.
As a user, there are 2 paths you can choose from; Do you want to use the established version of Cura? Download it here.
Do you want to help Cura evolve? Continue to read below.
The All New Cura with all new features.
From the very beginning Cura software and Ultimaker printers have had an inseparable bond. Each one enhancing the other to create one of the best 3D printing experiences ever. And now, Cura’s been completely reengineered from the ground up using the Uranium framework, for an even more seamless integration between hardware, software and materials. Thanks to its innovative Uranium framework, Cura’s ready for rapid expansion with a host of upcoming features to make it all the more powerful. It’s free for everyone to enjoy.
A key reason for the change was to create a solid yet flexible foundation for the future. And with Cura’s new robust Uranium framework, our dedicated software team can now far more easily add new plugins as and when they become available.
In the creation of Cura we assessed every single aspect of how Cura works, as a result some features were removed. Some are permanent and others will be added in future updates due to their complexity. The future’s bright and with the solid foundation of the new version of Cura, the world of 3D printing can now flourish and grow with ease.
All-New Cura features
By now you’re no doubt wondering, what’s new? Well, to give you the best overview there’s nothing like a good list.
A new plug-in based system
The Uranium framework is a new plugin-based system that gives us great flexibility to extend Cura’s capabilities with ease.
Overhauled User Interface
The User Interface has been completely redesigned to create a far more intuitive, and pleasing experience.
We think users will love this feature. Instead of using 3 default profiles, we’ve chosen to implement a “time vs quality” slider in the new Cura. This creates more control over the balance between quality and printing time - especially for novice users or if you just want to quickly slice something.
Under the hood of settings
The Advanced mode is now configurable and enjoys many extra new settings, while being sure not overwhelm new users with too many of them. You can even create your own view settings, choosing which ones you want to see or not. Again, this makes it easy for new users but gives experts and tinkerers the ability to really experiment and gain even more control.
Support for high-DPI screens
The beautifully refreshed UI has been designed with high-DPI screens in mind, so on devices that have this feature, Cura looks amazing.
Optimized support structure
The powerful new CuraEngine features greatly improved support generation algorithms and additional options for support structure generation. This means both the positioning and degradability of support are improved.
Experimental feature: Wire Printing
We think users are going to enjoy this experimental new feature. We’ve implemented Wire Printing that will print objects as a structure of lines. To use it simply go to Advanced Mode -> Fixes -> Wire Printing.
An all important Undo/Redo feature
We listened to our community and it’s now possible to undo and redo most scene operations, like moving or rotating objects.
Our software engineers assessed every aspect of Cura and to create the best software for the future, some features were removed. Some are permanent and others will be added in future updates due to their complexity. To find out which, it’s time for another list…
To be included in future updates
- The ‘Configuration Wizard’ and ‘Bed Leveling Wizard’ for the Ultimaker Original and Ultimaker Original+.
- All At Once / One At A Time Printing.
- A dual extrusion feature with a completely new workflow.
- An improved way to incorporate ‘Lay Flat’, and ‘Split Object Into Parts’.
- Future plug-ins will include support for DAE and AMF files. And for directly loading a GCode file. There will also be plug-ins to support PNG, JPG and other image formats. Support for loading Minecraft levels will also be implemented as a plug-in.
- ‘X-Ray View’ will be added as a future plug-in.
Do you value these features over using the new looks and features of The New Cura? It is totally OK to continue using the old Cura until your favorite features have also been implemented.
- Windows XP support has been dropped as Microsoft is no longer supporting XP, so they will no longer back port certain features that we require.
- ‘Follow Mesh Surface’ has been removed from the engine, the same result can be achieved using no infill or top/bottom layers.