Merging and Grouping models in Cura

Cura has options to merge or group multiple models that are loaded on the build plate. What is the practical use of merging and grouping the models, and what is the difference between the two functions? Read on to find out!

Grouping models

When working with multiple models on the build plate, it might be hard to organise or adjust them in the exact same way. To Group Models, follow the steps below.

  1. Select two or more models on the build plate, by Shift + Left Clicking every model.
  2. Selected models get a blue outline.
  3. Right click one of the selected models, and select Group Models. Or hit Ctrl / Cmd + G.

Grouping
Tip: Ungrouping is done with the same workflow, but in step 3. choose Ungroup models

Grouping models has the following effect:

  1. The objects keep the same position on the build plate
  2. The objects keep the same orientation and position to each other.
  3. Objects can be scaled, rotated and mirrored simultaneously.

Grouped

Merging models

This feature is meant to be used with dual material/color models. Merging allows the models to be combined in the easiest way possible. Follow these steps to Merge Models:

  1. Select two or more models on the build plate, by Shift + Left Clicking every model.
  2. Selected models get a blue outline.
  3. Right click one of the selected models, and select Merge Models. Or hit Ctrl / Cmd + Alt + G.

Merging

Merging models has the following effect:

  1. The objects are aligned to the position of both model objects' origin.
  2. Objects can be scaled, rotated and mirrored simultaneously.

Merged
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