Apr 29, 2019
Did you know that Ultimaker Cura users worldwide prepare over 1 million prints per week?
Now, that’s impressive.
But if you’re someone who doesn’t send their print to an Ultimaker 3D printer, you’re missing out on a ton of functionality.
Read on to discover our most useful software and hardware integrations that could improve your 3D printing experience and print quality.
Pre-configured, tested, and maintained print profiles
Ultimaker Cura gives you access to over 300 parameters across 13 sections via the ‘Custom’ print settings button. With these, you have almost unlimited control to adjust and improve your print quality for any 3D printer.
Of course, changing and testing even a few of these settings takes time. For busy engineers and designers, this is where preconfigured material profiles become a big time-saving feature in Ultimaker Cura.
Print settings profiles are the result of Ultimaker's effort to make the 3D printing process simpler and more reliable. To give you an idea, here’s a breakdown of what it takes to create a new print profile:
- Up to 100 print settings are tuned to achieve a basic profile that performs well for common challenges like overhangs and build plate adhesion
- This profile is expanded across three layer heights
- They are tested for 30 days (on 8 to 12 Ultimaker printers) and optimized for visual quality and mechanical properties
- These settings are then expanded for all Ultimaker 3D printers, using all Ultimaker accessories and across all print core sizes
In total, a print profile for a brand-new material takes up to six months to develop and test. And there are almost 250 print profiles supported in Ultimaker Cura.
For owners of Ultimaker 3D printers, we invest all this time so you don’t have to. The result? 3D print preparation that keeps pace with your innovation.
And the work doesn’t stop there. All those profiles are maintained and updated as Ultimaker Cura behavior is improved, firmware updated, and new hardware features added.
Which brings us to…
Software and hardware developed in lockstep
Ultimaker Cura and Ultimaker hardware are developed under the same roof. They share the same roadmap.
But what difference does that make to you?
Let’s say a new Ultimaker printer is released with a new hardware feature. For example, last year the Ultimaker S5 launched with a new filament flow sensor.
To make this sensor work:
- The firmware team took care of basic implementation
- The Ultimaker Cura team corrected the 3D printer profile to take the flow sensor signal into account
- The materials team tested the software correction for every material variation
- After adjusting for feedback, a new version of Ultimaker Cura was released and users could enjoy a higher-quality and more reliable 3D printing experience
But, users of other 3D printers can’t take advantage of all this development and testing. With any new version of Ultimaker Cura, they will experience quality-of-life improvements, but these only minimally affect print quality.
Fully leverage the Ultimaker Marketplace
If your question is ‘how can I easily print with more materials?’, our answer is the Ultimaker Marketplace. Better than an open filament system, this library of preconfigured print profiles is made for Ultimaker 3D printers.
Under the ‘Materials’ tab, you’ll find an ever-growing list of global brands that have developed their own print profiles. These make their materials work with Ultimaker hardware as easily and reliably as Ultimaker filament.
The extra features that transform your workflow
Many other integrated features work together to create a hassle-free 3D printing experience, giving you higher uptime and an increased ROI.
For example, Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker S5 owners benefit from the following:
- NFC spool and print core recognition tells Ultimaker Cura which filament and print core are loaded to increase your workflow speed
- Network monitoring via Cura Connect lets you monitor, start, queue, reorder, and duplicate print jobs all from your desk
- Remote monitoring via an Ultimaker account gives you the same control of your 3D printer from anywhere in the world
- Customer support is better. If you’re using an Ultimaker, you automatically benefit from full Ultimaker Cura support – in your own language and timezone
- And many more...
Conclusion: Make the most of your time
Your time is worth money. If you want the best 3D print results using Ultimaker Cura with minimal hassle, then it makes sense to print your parts and models with an Ultimaker 3D printer.
Each machine has thousands of hours of tweaking, testing, and optimization built-in. And the same R&D investment is found across all Ultimaker hardware, software, and materials. Combined together, these products give you access to one of the most seamless, reliable, and open 3D printing experiences available today.
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