Material compatibility

As explained under Print core installation, the Ultimaker 3 comes with two print cores for build material (AA) and one print core for support material (BB). The AA print cores can be used for printing PLA, ABS, CPE, CPE+, Nylon, PC, TPU 95A and PP. The BB print core can be used for PVA.

This compatibility is based on single-extrusion prints with a print core 0.4. If you have use a print core 0.8, all these materials except CPE+ and PC are officially supported.

For possible dual-extrusion material combinations you can take a look at the below table.

Material combinations Ultimaker 3

Although the Ultimaker 3 has an open material system, the use of Ultimaker material on the printer is recommended. All Ultimaker materials have been tested extensively and have optimized profiles in Cura to ensure the best print result.

Using Ultimaker materials will also allow you to benefit from the NFC detection system. Ultimaker spools will automatically be recognized by the Ultimaker 3 and this information can be directly transferred to Cura when connected via the network. This allows for a seamless connection between the printer and Cura software.

Material settings

Each material requires different settings for optimal results. Here you can find a brief overview of the recommendations for printing with Ultimaker materials. For detailed instructions per material we advise to take a look at the material guides.


The below table gives overview of the recommended settings per material. These settings are automatically set correctly in Cura when selecting one of the material profiles.

Material  Nozzle temperature (°C)  Build plate temperature (°C)  
PLA195 - 20560
ABS225 - 24080 - 90
CPE235 - 25070 - 80
CPE+260 - 270107
Nylon240 - 25560
PC260 - 280107
TPU 95A223 - 225NA (cold build plate)
PP205 - 21885 - 100
PVA215 - 22560

Build plate adhesion

For all materials that are supported on the Ultimaker 3 it is recommended to apply a thin layer of glue or an adhesion sheet to the glass plate before starting a print. This will not only enhance good adhesion, but specifically for ABS, CPE and CPE+ it will also work as a protective layer for the glass plate. You can use the glue stick from the accessory box for this. Adhesion sheets are part of the Advanced 3D Printing Kit.

Furthermore, it is advised to print all materials with a ‘brim’ as build plate adhesion adhesion type. A brim will print some extra lines of plastic around the object on the first layer to let the model adhere well and to minimize warping. This setting is selected by default in the Cura profiles on the Ultimaker 3. Please note that if you are printing a build material in combination with PVA, it is recommended to print the build plate adhesion type in PVA (Extruder 2).

Applying glue