Certainly Cura is an open-source Ultimaker software free and compatible with all printers. Obviously its use is maximized for the Ultimaker printers line. Depending on which version you use, it has some interesting and unique features.
Cura has a wide 3D view with a lot of options to explore (and if you use advanced settings even more), the program uses its own slicer, CuraEngine, and can import files in many extensions: .STL, .obj, .amf and .dae.
One of the best slicers on the market
Cura is easy to use and very maker-friendly program. Print time estimates are usually very inaccurate since they are optimized for Ultimaker printers. At the same time, if you use these printers, the data will be very accurate. If you choose to try this slicer, we absolutely recommend trying both the latest and 14.3 version, to see which interface you will prefer.
Furthermore One thing we haven’t mentioned yet is that Cura is completely Open-Source and therefore anyone can contribute to its improvement, the Ultimaker community is very active.
In the end Cura makes the model for 3D printing, doing well its job, makes life easier for beginners, allowing you to get good results with little effort. It has many settings which the more experienced users can meet their needs. Because of those reasons it is considered one of the best Slicers on the market.
On the other hand, the only clear defect we can find in Cura is in the creation of supports, there are slicers out there that can beat it.
We also offer you 4 guides thanks to which Cura 3.0 will have no more secrets!
- Installation and creation of printers, materials and profiles
- The working area
- Print settings
- Special modes and some little tricks
Downloads: from the official website
User level: from beginner to expert
System: PC, Mac, Linux
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