Ultimaker has released Cura 2.4, the latest update to their open source 3D printing slicer software. Learn about the new features here.
A vital part of the 3D printing work-flow, slicing software acts as the bridge between a CAD model and the 3D printer. There are a whole range of packages available; one of the most popular is the Cura slicer by Ultimaker.
After rolling out version 2.3 back in September 2016, the community-driven 3D printing company is back with their first software update since the dual-extrusion Ultimaker 3 hit the market. In Cura 2.4, Ultimaker is focused on improving user experience, new slicing features, and squashing a few bugs.
The latest version of their open source slicer should benefit both general users and those with the new Ultimaker 3 in a number of ways. Before we dive into the changelog, you’ll be pleased to know that Cura 2.4 can be downloaded for free directly from the Ultimaker website.
There are a number of improvements to the user interface of Cura 2.4. Here is a quick recap of what to expect:
The Ultimaker team has also integrated exciting new slicing features, most of which increase usability of the Ultimaker 3:
Other features improve the functionality of 3D printer components, including the build plate and printing temperature, fan, nozzle, overhangs, and support structures.
Also noteworthy is the reintegration of Delta 3D printer support, which is still not extensively tested but is a step in the right direction. Additionally, Cura 2.4 will also include Applemage for Linux, making the software much easier for Linux users to install.
The latest version of Cura is also focusing on improving the performance of the Ultimaker 3.
For starters, version 2.4 will include a range of Ultimaker 3 printing profiles that boost reliability and cut print time. The initial and final print temperatures reduce oozing during PLA/PLA, PLA/PVA, and Nylon/PVA prints, making prime tower now optional. The development team also repaired the issue with performing single-extrusion prints with Ultimaker 3 dual-extrusion system.
With Cura 2.4, it’s also easier to monitor print cores and materials that you are using in the Ultimaker 3. The latest update also includes improvements to the Ultimaker 2’s build plate and material changing function.
According to a Reddit post by ahoeben — who claims to be employed by Ultimaker — Cura 2.5 will be released in “a couple of months”. You can take a look at the extensive list of new features and improvements in Cura 2.4 here. All in all, the flurry of new features and enhanced usability place this slicer at the front of the pack.
New to Cura? Take a look at our extensive tutorial on how to optimize your use of this industry-leading slicer!
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