If you weren’t lucky enough to attend the World Maker Faire® in New York this year, you might have missed this particular announcement. There’s a new version of LulzBot Cura software set to be released.
That’s great news for anyone who’s compared 3D printers and decided that the offerings available from Aleph Objects are to their liking.
What does the new software offer, and why is it such big news? Let’s take a closer look.
The New LulzBot™ Cura Software
First, if you haven’t been keeping track, the new release is actually the 17th version of the company’s Cura software. It’s become a major fixture in the 3D printing industry over the years, and has seen incredibly widespread adoption around the world.
The new Cura version will be compatible with most major operating systems, including Windows 10, OS X, Linux and more, and will be available for use with any FFF 3D printer (not limited to Aleph Objects’ own machines).
“We’re excited about the improvements our team made in this new version of Cura LulzBot Edition, and we look forward to hearing the community’s feedback as we collaborate together to make 3D printing easier for everyone,” stated Harris Kenny, the company’s marketing manager.
What’s the big news about this particularly version, though? Actually, there are three primary improvements offered.
First, the software now offers 20 “quickprint” profiles for different materials out of the box. Second, those materials are all categorized within the software by their ease of use, ranking them as follows:
- First run
Finally, the software includes conditional cues for bed preparation when recommended. It also offers links for more information about all 20 materials supported on LulzBot.com.
Users will also find that each of the quickprint files has been optimized for use with a number of leading filament vendors.
Supported vendors include:
- Fenner Drives
- Village Plastics
- Taulman 3D
In addition, a very wide range of material types is supported, including mainstays like PLA and ABS, but also newer options that include wood, metal and stone-like finishes, conductive filament types and more. The company will continue adding filament types as well, broadening the scope of the software.
The single most important advancement with the new Cura software is simply its versatility. While it can’t be “all things to all people”, it does do a great job of supporting growth and evolution as new materials are developed and added to the 3D printing repertoire.
For instance, the recycled PET filament that is now in development will be completely supported by Cura software once it is released for use by makers.
As a final note, Aleph Objects has decided to change the naming convention used with Cura software to “major.minor” to help avoid potential confusion about newer releases versus older ones. This is a wise move considering the fact that the new release is the 17th version of Cura.