Manage printers

When using Ultimaker Cura for the first time, it will run the 'add printer wizard'. Select your Ultimaker 3D printer from the list to add it to Ultimaker Cura. When you want to adjust your printer or add more printers to Ultimaker Cura, you can do that by going to 'Settings' > 'Printer' > 'Manage printers...'. The printer manager opens as the image displayed below.

  • This (1) is the printers section in the preferences panel
  • Click activate (2) to activate the selected printer in the list below
  • Click add (3) to add a new printer to your Cura
  • Click remove (4) to remove the currently selected printer in the list
  • Click rename (5) to give the current printer a custom name
  • This button (6) can be used to update the firmware of the active machine
  • Machine settings (7) can be changed depending on the active machine


Connect network printer

If your printer has network functionality, you will find it in the list of available printers. Please ensure your Ultimaker is properly connected to the network, read your Ultimaker manual to learn how to do this.

  • Available printers are displayed in the printer list (1)
  • If the printer is unavailable on the list, you can add it manually by clicking the 'add' (2) button
  • Printers can be edited (3) and removed (4)
  • The refresh button (5) refreshes the list by searching for machines on the network
  • Click 'connect' (6) to connect to the selected machine

If the printer is not available in the list for some reason, click the 'add' button (2). A pop-up will appear asking for the printer's IP address, which can be found on the printer: Settings -> Network status.


Removing printers

You can always remove printers that you have added to Ultimaker Cura. You can do this in the following way:

  1. Go to 'Printer' in the menu bar or in the settings panel and select 'Manage printers...'
  2. Select the printer you want to remove and then click the 'Remove' button. Confirm by selecting 'yes' in the pop-up

Rename a printer

Especially when you're using multiple printers it can be useful to name them. You can already give a printer a custom name while adding a new printer, but it's also possible to rename printers after they have been added. To do so, take these steps:

  1. Go to 'Printer' in the menu bar or in the settings panel and select 'Manage printers...'
  2. Select the printer you want to rename and then click the 'Rename' button
  3. Enter the preferred name and click 'ok' to confirm

Add a custom printer

Ultimaker 3D printers are supported by default, but there is a way to add 3rd party FFF printers as well. This option can also be used if you have modified your Ultimaker machine, which needs different machine settings.

  • In the 'Add printer' screen click on the 'Custom' category
  • Choose the option 'Custom FFF Printer'(1)
  • Change the name of your custom printer in the input field at the bottom (2)
  • Click 'Add Printer' (3) to add it


The next screen provides all options necessary to configure the custom machine.

  • Change the printer settings (1) dimensions, heated bed option, and origin point
  • Set the print head settings (2), the displayed values are calculated from the tip of the nozzle to the maximum X and Y dimensions
  • Optionally, add custom start and end Gcodes (3) to ensure that your printer starts and ends properly
  • Click 'finish' (4) to add the printer