A new Ultimaker Cura is just lurking around the corner and we can’t wait to share what new features it will hold. Through this forum post I would like to share my most favorite new features with you and I’m curious to hear what you think of them!
For starters we have implemented Tree Support.
Tree support is an experimental support structure which shares some resemblance with the shape and roots of a tree. It seems to grow organically and multiple ‘branches’ grow towards your model and offer the necessary support.
The benefits of this is that you use less support material, costs less time, and because there are less contact points it is easier to remove and gives better surface quality.
You are able to use tree support in conjunction with other types of support material.
Next impressive new feature is adaptive layers.
With this functionality, Ultimaker Cura will compute a variable layer height based on the shape of the model. Meaning, on straight walls the layers will grow thicker for a faster print while maintaining a neat surface and on a curved surface the layers will be finer for high quality surface finish, all with a marginally increased print time.
As a user, you can configure maximum variation, variation step size and threshold. Sounds pretty fancy! If you want to give it a try, you can find it under the experimental category.
Multi build plate is another of my favorite new functionalities.
If you enable this feature, a new UI element is added to your workspace. With it you can create different build plates in one single session. Great when your project contains 20 different parts, you can slice them all in one go from now on!
Each build plate will share print settings that can be sliced and sent to a printer with for example Cura Connect. This option can be enabled in preferences.
View optimization is another welcome new feature.
The quick camera controls introduced in Ultimaker Cura 3.1 have been revised to create more accurate isometric, front, left and right views.
@ahoeben made a valuable suggestion of mentioning the improvements to manual supports as well.
It is now much easier to load objects and mark it to be printed as supports, which is useful if Cura does not produce the support you want. You can also prevent support being added in certain places. Here's a gif that demonstrates the general idea:
Additionally, Per Model Settings now has a "Mesh Type" setting. It allows you to change a model from just printing as any other model to special functions. These special models don't necessarily push other models away so that it is easier to create an overlap.
Besides these great new functionalities, you can read our blog which goes more in-depth about other functionalities, fixed bugs and UI enhancements.
Curious? Give Ultimaker Cura 3.2 Beta a try!
Do note: Even though we have tested this beta version our selves and have added new interesting functionalities, we can not guarantee similar print reliability as the stable version. Therefore, if you are working on important and time-sensitive projects, we recommend to use the stable version.
As always, we are eager to hear from you so we can make the next version of Cura even better. Thank you for your time!