Try new 3D printing software features in Ultimaker Cura 4.1 beta

Try new 3D printing software features in Ultimaker Cura 4.1 beta

  • Written by Matt Jani
    May 14, 2019
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    / News

After the last release of Ultimaker Cura, we immediately got to work processing and implementing your feedback. Today, we present a beta of Ultimaker Cura 4.1, including features and improvements to bring more control to your 3D printing workflow. More freedom positioning settings panels in the interface, notifications in the Ultimaker Marketplace for plugin and print profile updates, and better prime tower reliability are just some of the new features you can expect in the latest version, along with some stability fixes for better performance. Help us to test this beta release by downloading today and offering your feedback.

Please note: This release is in the beta phase, and still under development. If you are working on an important project, please use the latest stable release of Ultimaker Cura.

UX improvements

New onboarding flow. The onboarding flow on first start has been updated with a look and feel more in line with the new interface. A series of setup steps will be shown, including Welcome, User agreement, Changelog, the option to add a (networked) printer, and the option to sign up/sign in with an Ultimaker account. The add printer flow has also been updated in line with this.

New onboarding flow
A new onboarding flow

Untethered panels. Based on feedback from the last release, we’ve made the print settings panel (in the prepare stage) and the color scheme panel (in the preview stage) completely untethered, so that they can be dragged and positioned anywhere in the 3D viewer for more convenience. The set position will persist when hiding and showing the panel, and between sessions. A double-click of the header will reset each panel to its default position.

Untethered panels
Move panels to anywhere you need in the interface

Material printing guides. If you want to use advanced 3D printing materials, you can now quickly and easily access more information through an icon that will appear next your selected material in the configuration selector. When clicked, this will direct the user to a 'printing guidelines' page from the print profile supplier.

Ultimaker Marketplace

Badge notifications. We’ve added badge notifications to the Ultimaker Marketplace, so you know when updates are available for plugins and print profiles you’ve installed.

Badge notifications in the Ultimaker Marketplace
Badge notifications in the Ultimaker Marketplace help you keep packages updated

Direct material purchases. Materials in the Ultimaker Marketplace now include a direct link to suppliers for easy, convenient material purchases.

Slicing enhancements

Prime tower brim. Sometimes, prime towers benefit from the extra adhesion of a brim even when your model doesn’t, so we added the option to print a prime tower with a brim independently from your model. This setting is available when the adhesion type is set to 'None', 'Skirt' or 'Brim', and the prime tower is enabled. For now, this doesn’t work with raft adhesion.

Prime tower brim
Assign a brim to a prime tower independently of a model

Gyroid support. Smartavionics has contributed a new option for a gyroid support pattern, similar to his gyroid infill contribution. A gyroid pattern is relatively efficient with material, so gyroid patterns permeable to water can dissolve faster. It’s also easier to pull gyroid structures off your model with pliers compared to some other support patterns.

Stability improvements

This release includes a range of stability improvements. Several issues have been fixed in the monitor tab, and manually adding a printer by IP address will now present the prompt to pair the printer with an Ultimaker account for cloud connectivity. Mac OSX users should also see a performance boost.

Download and test today

Ultimaker Cura 4.1 beta is available today, so try it yourself and discover what’s new. We love feedback – let us know yours in the Ultimaker Community, so we can make the upcoming stable release even better.