Oct 31, 2018
Today, we have released the latest beta of Ultimaker Cura. Available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux, this release adds a new infill type, a smoother user experience, and fixes a number of bugs to make the application more stable. You can find a rundown of some of the new features below.
Please note: We’ve thoroughly tested this beta version, which offers new functionality and improved features. However, it’s still in the beta stage, which means we can’t guarantee the same print reliability as our stable versions. If you’re working on an important project, we strongly recommend that you use the latest stable version of Ultimaker Cura.
Settings refactor. We’ve been working on optimizing the software engine for more stable releases in the future. The CuraEngine has been refactored to create a more testable, future-proof way of storing and representing settings. This makes slicing faster, and future development easier.
Firmware checker/Ultimaker S5. The update checker code has been improved and tested for more reliable firmware update notifications in Ultimaker Cura. The update checker now also checks when firmware updates for the Ultimaker S5 are available.
Fullscreen mode shortcuts. Fullscreen mode can be toggled using the View menu or with the keyboard shortcuts: Command + Control + F (MacOS), or F11 (Windows and Linux).
Configuration error message. In previous versions, Ultimaker Cura would display an error dialog explaining when something happened to user configuration files, including the option to reset to factory defaults. This would fail to warn about losing the current printer and print profile settings, so this information has been added.
Slicing engine improvements
Gyroid infill. We’ve added a new infill pattern with enhanced strength properties. Gyroid infill is one of the strongest infill types for a given weight, has isotropic properties, and prints relatively fast with reduced material use and a fully connected part interior.
Support brim. This new setting integrates the first layer of support material with the brim’s geometry, which significantly improves adhesion when printing with support material.
New third-party definitions. New profiles added for Anycube 4MAx and Tizyx K25.
Improved definitions for Ender-3. The Ender-3 build plate size has been adjusted to the correct size of 235 x 235 mm, corrected the start-up sequence, and the printhead position has been adjusted when prints are purged or completed.
This release contains a significant number of bug fixes, including memory leaks in the “Monitor” tab, the layer view not displaying properly, combing endpoints misbehaving, tree support causing the engine to crash, and compatibility issues with MacOSX.
This beta version of Ultimaker Cura is available completely free of charge. Download today and preview what’s in the works. Don’t forget to give us your feedback on our community of 3D printing experts.