Preparing a print file

For the Ultimaker Original we recommend to use our software Cura to prepare your 3D print files. Cura will help you converting 3D models into 3D print files within a couple of seconds and shows you a preview of the print in order to ensure everything is as you would like it to be.

Using Cura

When you use Cura for the first time you will see the Ultimaker robot model positioned on the platform. You can start converting this model into a print file, but if you want to use another model you can simply remove the Ultimaker robot model via “Preferences” > “Clear platform” or by a secondary click on the model and selecting “Delete object”.

The basic process of converting a 3D model to a print file in Cura is described below.

  • Load a 3D model (STL, OBJ, DAE or AMF file) into Cura via the “Load” button.
  • Select one of the “quickprint” profiles to use a default profile for your print, or switch to the “Full settings” via “Expert” > “Switch to full settings” if you want to have more control over the settings.
  • After you have done the settings and Cura has converted the file, you can save the print file (G-code file) via the “Save toolpath” button to your computer or directly on the SD card when inserted.
  • At last, you can simply eject the SD card from your computer (make sure to safely remove it) and place the it in the UltiController to start the print.

Note: you can also use the new Cura for preparing print files for your Ultimaker Original. We however advise using Cura 15.04 as it contains more configuration options for the Ultimaker Original.

For more information on using Cura visit the Cura support pages.

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