Ultimaker’s release schedule for Cura, its popular free slicer software, has been steady like a train over the last years. With each new decimal place, the developers slowly added new features. Now it’s time for a big update to version number 3.0.
You can download Cura 3.0 slicing software here. It’s free and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The new “Cura Connect”, supposed to work with multiple printers and act as a hub for 3D print farms, is not part of this Cura 3.0 release. Still, there are a lot of interesting new features:
FDM Desktop 3D printers are becoming an essential tool for industrial engineers to produce prototypes. To make life a little easier for them, Ultimaker integrated the possibility to add third-party plugins feature to extend the program’s functionality even further. Here are the first two examples:
More plugins will follow. As the source code is open, everyone can write his own plugins.
To sum it up, Cura 3.0 is not a totally radical reimagining of the beloved slicer. Instead, the software starts with a welcome cosmetic make-over, bug fixes, and plugins as a start. It will be interesting to see which plugins will become available – this could become a great benefit for the users.
This support of third-party plugins may ensure that Cura broadens its user base… In the future, the free slicer software could become the go-to-solution for professional rapid prototyping even for semi-professional users or additive manufacturing pros.
So, should you download Cura 3.0? We think so.
License: The text of "Cura 3.0 Brings Shiny UI, Fractal Infill Patterns, and 3rd Party Plugins" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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