Starting a print

Printing with Cura Connect

The Ultimaker 3 offers the possibility to print over a network, either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. This can be done with Cura Connect in Ultimaker Cura when your Ultimaker 3 and computer are connected to the same network.

Note: To use Cura Connect your Ultimaker 3 should be equipped with firmware version 4.0 or higher.

  1. To start a print via Cura Connect, take the following steps:
  2. Connect your Ultimaker 3 to the network (if not done yet) via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  3. Enable Wi-Fi or Ethernet in the network menu.
  4. In Ultimaker Cura go to Settings > Printers > Manage printers.
  5. Click on the “Connect via network” button.
  6. Select your Ultimaker from the list of printers that are shown and click “Connect”. This printer is now the Cura Connect host.
  7. Slice your 3D model in Ultimaker Cura.
  8. Press “Print over network” to start the print.

Note: Once the print is running you can monitor it by opening the “Monitor” tab at the top of the screen in Ultimaker Cura. This allows you to view the progress of your prints and to control your Ultimaker 3(‘s) from a distance.

Note: When sending multiple print jobs, Cura Connect will automatically add them to a queue. View the Cura Connect manual for a more elaborate description of all features.

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Printing with USB

When it is not possible to print via a network, 3D print files can still be transferred to your Ultimaker 3 with a USB stick.

  1. Place the USB stick in your computer.
  2. Slice your 3D model in Ultimaker Cura. Ensure that the print core and material configuration in Ultimaker Cura match the configuration on your Ultimaker 3.
  3. Save the print file (.gcode) via the “Save to removable drive” button to the USB stick.
  4. Eject the USB stick in Ultimaker Cura and remove it from your computer.
  5. Place the USB stick in the Ultimaker 3.
  6. Navigate to "Print" and select the file you want to print.

Inserting the USB stick

Ultimaker App

Besides using Ultimaker Cura or the USB stick, the Ultimaker 3 allows you to print directly from your smartphone or tablet using the Ultimaker App. The Ultimaker App is available can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. More information can be found here.

To print a model through the Ultimaker App, follow these steps:

  1. Connect to your Ultimaker 3 by selecting the model from the list of discovered printers, or manually add a printer with the IP address.

    Note: If you connect to a printer for the first time you need to authorize the connection on the printer.

  2. Select "Start a new print".
  3. Load a 3D model from your device or YouMagine, or print the Ultimaker Robot.
  4. Use the 3D preview function to check the model on the build plate and select "Print".
  5. Check the materials configuration and select "Next".
  6. Select a print quality profile, choose your support material and toggle your option for the brim function.
  7. Slice the model by selecting the "Slice" button.
  8. Start the print by selecting "Start print".