Ultimaker 3D printing software platform

Enjoy first-time right results with Ultimaker Cura 4.12 beta

Ultimaker Cura 4.12 beta is here. And it’s packed with quality improvements for print profiles that increase first-time-right results and provide a polished experience – especially if you are using the Ultimaker platform.

We’re very excited about this beta release of Ultimaker Cura, as it’s the result of hours of print process testing and optimizations by our talented and passionate materials and software engineers.

Additionally, several new features – such as a special new infill type – further enhance the Ultimaker Cura experience. Plus, security improvements and smaller-scale features add a cherry atop the 3D printed pie. Read on for more details.

Improved top surface quality

Surface quality improvement feature

For Ultimaker Cura 4.12, we’ve made adjustments throughout print profiles and tweaked how we use the new Monotonic ordering setting. This removes occasional scarring on models and improves top surface quality by default – getting you even closer to your intended result.

Note: These changes exclude TPU-95A profiles and Draft Intent profiles.

Improved horizontal print quality

Ultimaker Cura 4.12 beta (left) compared with Ultimaker Cura 4.11 (right)

3D model credit: By Gerardorl is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license

Our materials and software engineers have also looked at horizontal print quality. They processed several improvements through optimizations in print profiles and implemented a bug fix. These add up to a reduction of ringing, improving resolution and overall print quality.

Get visual with lightning infill

Lightning infill
Lightning infill gets denser as you get closer to the top of the model

Through more efficient infill positioning, a new lightning infill setting enables you to print high-quality top layers while using less material and increasing your production speed. It’s an ideal setting for visual models, as reduced material usage will result in a reduction in part strength.

Note: Special thanks to GitHub users rburema and BagelOrb ! You can find out more about lightning infill here.

Additional improvements

The following improvements have also been implemented in Ultimaker Cura 4.12 beta:

  • App switcher. A new app navigation module in Ultimaker Cura provides a simpler way to navigate and use other Ultimaker applications, including (but not limited to) Ultimaker Digital Factory, Ultimaker Marketplace, Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy, and Ultimaker support

  • Faster start-up. We’ve shaved 10 seconds from Ultimaker Cura’s start-up time by optimizing profile data caching

  • Multiple security fixes. We’ve improved Ultimaker Cura’s overall security in several ways by, for example, updating our code libraries

Give us your feedback

Discover other exciting developments by downloading the Ultimaker Cura 4.12 beta today. Beta releases are all about user feedback, so don’t forget to give us yours on our community of 3D printing experts.

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