Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker today announced the availability of Cura Connect within Ultimaker Cura, the seamless print management software solution that helps to prepare files for digital fabrication. New functionality within Ultimaker Cura enables users to manage an array of Ultimaker 3D printers, creating an accessible solution for prototyping, tooling and small-scale production. Cura Connect is now available for free through a firmware update and allows users to immediately take advantage of optimizing output from Ultimaker 3 printers, saving time and maximizing efficiency.
Cura Connect is especially useful for organizations that use the Ultimaker 3 for prototyping and small-scale production and need an overview of pending print jobs in one intuitive interface. Cura Connect’s networking capabilities allow users to select and group printers, queue jobs, monitor prints, and strategically schedule maintenance operations. Notifications alert users whenever a printer needs attention. Additionally, the software auto-recognizes which printers have Ultimaker materials and configures accordingly.
The user experience of Cura Connect is optimized for group sizes of one to 15 people sharing one to five printers, but because of its flexibility and scalability, it is suitable for various environments, from a small office to a large enterprise. The software’s grouping of printers and centralized queuing functionality dramatically improves throughput and production planning which results in reliable, more informed manufacturing.
Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President Product Management: “Making professional 3D printing accessible, that’s what we are working on everyday at Ultimaker. By continuously developing our hardware, software, materials and services we are making 3D printing a hassle-free solution in any office or workshop. A lot was invested in user research to make sure that Cura Connect fits our users’ needs exactly. We are positive that Cura Connect gives businesses a competitive edge with a reduced time to market, cutting costs, and an improved product life cycle with faster iterative prototyping, ability to customize and efficient spare part delivery.”