Apr 11, 2019
With each new version of Ultimaker Cura, we are always adding more features based on the needs of our users. If you have a very specific 3D printing application or have been struggling to get precisely the results you require, read on to discover features and tips you may not know existed in Ultimaker Cura.
With ‘recommended mode’ in Ultimaker Cura, you can rely on the strength of preconfigured print profiles, however, some users just like to tweak settings. If you’re the type of user who likes total control over each 3D print, enable all settings in ‘custom mode’. There are over 300 individual settings available, with more sub-settings beneath to tweak as you need.
Let’s take a look at some of the most-used settings in custom mode, plus some new functionality added by our recent launch of Ultimaker Cloud.
Network configuration sync
Ultimaker 3 or Ultimaker S5 printers connected over your local network or the cloud can have their material and print core configuration automatically synchronized. So there’s no need to input these settings yourself. If you have multiple Ultimaker printers on a network, select the best material for your needs without a lot of complex configuration. Simply view the configuration selector drop down and select a configuration that meets your needs.
Place or remove support in the areas you need. Use the support placement cube to place support in an area of your model. Click it again to remove support in that area.
Track your travel lines in preview mode to see where retractions happen, for an informed printing process. Make tweaks as necessary in your slicing settings, so you can be sure your printing strategy is exactly as you need it.
Hide Z seam
If you’re preparing concept models that need to be presentable and communicate information clearly to external stakeholders, make them go the extra mile by hiding unsightly Z seams. The Z seam is where the beginning of a single extruded layer meets the beginning of that layer, leaving a small protrusion as the z axis shifts. This can leave a small line in your model. Hide the Z seam by placing it in a sharp corner of your model, or inside the internal geometry.
Water soluble support material is a huge benefit to the FFF process, but it’s not the lowest cost material available. Use it more efficiently by using gradual infill. Gradual infill will place less dense support towards the bottom of your model, and gradually increase around the areas that need it. This also has the added bonus of reducing the amount of time your part will take to print.
Another tip to use support material more efficiently is using a support interface. This will use build material as support material, and then use water soluble material as a small interface between the build-material-support and the model itself. Simply remove the build material supports and dissolve any remaining soluble support material after.
Backup your preferences and profiles to Ultimaker Cloud so you can keep your settings wherever you are. Back up at work, roll out your settings at home. Backups work across all compatible operating systems, so you can roll out settings backed up on Linux to a Windows station, and so on.
With Ultimaker Cloud connecting your preparation process and your 3D printer, you can send jobs remotely. This means you can prepare a print in an office in one location, send it to print via cloud, and it will print wherever your printer is, making it easy to share designs with colleagues.
These are just some of the features that help make Ultimaker Cura the most widely-used 3D print preparation software in the world. Discover more by downloading the latest version today.