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This video walks you through the basics of preparing your model with Cura.

The world’s most advanced
3D printer software

  • Novices can start printing right away and experts are able to customize 200 settings to achieve the best results for their models
  • Optimized profiles for Ultimaker materials
  • Supported by a global network of Ultimaker certified service partners
  • Print multiple objects at once with different settings for each object
  • Cura supports STL, 3MF and OBJ file formats
  • It’s open source and completely free
  • Optimized for dual extrusion printing with Ultimaker 3

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.

Cura Software 3D Printing

Enhanced by our community

Because Cura is open source, the whole world can help to improve and create more features for all users. Either by developing plugins that work with Cura, or contributing to CuraEngine. Are you a developer? Or just looking for Cura tips & tricks? Start exploring the Ultimaker community.

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Cura and Ultimaker
brings out the best in each other

Cura has been engineered to make the most of your Ultimaker 3D printer and Ultimaker materials. When Cura is combined with them both, you have one of most reliable and seamless 3D printing experiences on the market today.
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