Jul 1, 2015

New Cura is out with powerful new features

New Cura is out with many new features!

Features list:

A new plug-in based system
The Uranium framework is a new plugin-based system that gives us great flexibility to extend Cura’s capabilities with ease.

Overhauled User Interface
The User Interface has been completely redesigned to create a far more intuitive, and pleasing experience.

Time-Quality Slider
We think users will love this feature. Instead of using 3 default profiles, we’ve chosen to implement a “time vs quality” slider in the new Cura. This creates more control over the balance between quality and printing time - especially for novice users or if you just want to quickly slice something.

Under the hood of settings
The Advanced mode is now configurable and enjoys many extra new settings, while being sure not overwhelm new users with too many of them. You can even create your own view settings, choosing which ones you want to see or not. Again, this makes it easy for new users but gives experts and tinkerers the ability to really experiment and gain even more control.

Support for high-DPI screens
The beautifully refreshed UI has been designed with high-DPI screens in mind, so on devices that have this feature, Cura looks amazing.

Optimized support structure
The powerful new CuraEngine features greatly improved support generation algorithms and additional options for support structure generation. This means both the positioning and degradability of support are improved.

Experimental feature: Wire Printing
We think users are going to enjoy this experimental new feature. We’ve implemented Wire Printing that will print objects as a structure of lines. To use it simply go to Advanced Mode -> Fixes -> Wire Printing.

An all important Undo/Redo feature
We listened to our community and it’s now possible to undo and redo most scene operations, like moving or rotating objects.


To be included in future updates
  • The ‘Configuration Wizard’ and ‘Bed Leveling Wizard’ for the Ultimaker Original and Ultimaker Original+.
  • All At Once / One At A Time Printing.
  • A dual extrusion feature with a completely new workflow.
  • An improved way to incorporate ‘Lay Flat’, and ‘Split Object Into Parts’.
  • Future plug-ins will include support for DAE and AMF files. And for directly loading a GCode file. There will also be plug-ins to support PNG, JPG and other image formats. Support for loading Minecraft levels will also be implemented as a plug-in.
  • ‘X-Ray View’ will be added as a future plug-in.
Forever removed features:
  • Windows XP support has been dropped as Microsoft is no longer supporting XP, so they will no longer back port certain features that we require.
  • ‘Follow Mesh Surface’ has been removed from the engine, the same result can be achieved using no infill or top/bottom layers.

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