We’ve been inundated with helpful feedback from our Cura 2.6 beta testers – thank you to all who road-tested the new Cura and let us know your thoughts. After reviewing your comments, we’ve now created the stable version of Cura 2.6, which offers a wide range of features and functionality, designed to help you get the best from your 3D print experience. Here are some highlights.
Cura 2.6.2 is now available. Please check the release notes for a full list of new features and bug fixes.
- Added and improved material profiles. Cura now contains optimized 3D printing profiles for Ultimaker PP (polypropylene) and improved profiles for TPU 95A, CPE+, and PC.
- Added Japanese translations.
- Added Korean translations.
- Fixed an issue with incorrect nozzle sizes in g-code.
- Fixed a bug in which settings were ignored when a Custom FDM Printer was used and the number of extruders was set to 1.
- Fixed an issue with Cura crashing on older versions of MacOS.
Local version folders. Cura 2.6 features local version folders, which means that the new version won’t automatically overwrite any profiles or configurations from older versions – but creates a new local folder instead. It’s now easy to use an older version of Cura if required, without losing any profiles.
Better support profiles for stronger adhesion. We’ve added extra support settings, which means you can create new support profiles for better PVA/PLA adhesion. You’ll also find that the Support Interface settings (e.g. density and speed), have been divided into Support Roof and Support Floor.
Model auto-arrange. The new Cura makes it easy to place multiple models (or multiply the same model), making it a lot simpler to arrange your build plate. If you run out of build plate space, or the model is positioned beyond the build plate, you can easily adjust it by selecting ‘Arrange all models’ in the context menu, or, if you’re using a MacOS, by pressing Command+R. If you’re using Windows or Linux, simply press Ctrl+R to find a better way to position your model.
Support meshes. You can now load an additional model as a support structure, if needed.
Gradual infill. If you want to make the infill concentrated near the top of the model (saving material and printing time during the printing of the model’s lower section), simply use the Gradual Infill button in Recommended mode. This is especially handy when printing with flexible materials.
Mold printing. If required, you can now print a mold from a 3D model, which can be easily cast afterwards, using the material of your choice.
Tiny overhang towers. Cura 2.6 features a new support option, enabling users to create towers to support tiny overhangs. This ensures more reliable print results.
Cutting meshes. You can now make any model a dual-extrusion print by applying a pattern for the second extruder. All parts of the original model which fall inside the pattern model will be printed using the extruder chosen for the pattern.
Multi-extrusion support (custom FDM printers). Cura 2.6 features multi-extrusion support for custom third-party printers (and modified Ultimaker printers too).
Extruder per model selection. If you want to select the specific extruder, the new Cura lets you do so via the context menu, or by using the extruder buttons. The material color for each extruder is also shown, for further ease of use.
Custom toggle. Cura 2.6 features a tidier, more user-friendly interface for switching between Recommended and Custom mode.
Plugin installer. Installing plugins used to be a bit tricky. We’ve now added a plugin installer button in Preferences, which means you can select and install plugins with ease.
Project-based menu. It’s now a lot simpler to save and open your files, and Cura will automatically detect if it’s a model, project, or gcode.
Theme picker. If you have a customized Cura theme, you can apply it easily in Preferences.
Material compatibility information. The materials now feature an information icon, which when selected, takes you to a web page, which lists the compatibility of the different materials.
Time estimates per feature. If you hover your mouse over the print time estimate (lower right corner), you’ll be able to see how the printing time is divided over the different printing features, such as walls and infill etc.
New Ultimaker 3 profile names. The Ultimaker 3 owners will notice that the print profile names were updated for a better user experience.
Camera zoom inversion. You can now invert the direction of the mouse for an improved user experience.
Olsson block upgrade. It’s now possible for Ultimaker 2 users to specify if they’ve got the Olsson block installed on their printer.
OctoPrint plugin. Cura 2.6 lets users send prints straight to OctoPrint.
New third-party printer support
The latest version of Cura also supports several new 3D printers:
- Peopoly Moai
- Rigid3D Zero
- 3D maker
We’ve been hard at work addressing several bug fixes, including the Post Processing plugin, progress bar, rendering of fonts, and support bottom distance issues.
Let’s get printing!
Ready to get started? Download the latest version of Cura today and make sure to let us know what you think of it! We’d love to hear your feedback. As always.