3 steps to printing a 3D model

Every model you design for print must be translated by Cura into instructions your Ultimaker will understand. It does this by slicing your model into thin layers and exporting the file to your SD card ready for print. Here’s the process in a bit more detail.

Design an object in 3D modeling software

The first thing you’ll need is a 3D model. Just be sure to export your file in either a STL, 3MF or OBJ file format so Cura can understand it.

Import your 3D model file into Cura

Within moments, Cura slices your model ready for print. You can preview it, scale it and adjust settings as you’d like. Save it to your SD card.

3D print your model on your Ultimaker

Insert the SD card into your Ultimaker, click print and your printer will spring into life accurately realizing your model in 3D.

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