Some time ago we touched on the blog about Ultimaker Cura which is a program that provides a graphical interface to prepare models for 3D printing and that from the model, the program determines the setting for the operation of a 3D printer the sequential application of each layer.
Now I am pleased to share with you the news that the application a few days ago received a new update coming this to its new version «Ultimaker Cura 4.10» and in which various changes and improvements have been made, of which the most interesting novelty is the native import plug-in for CAD.
If you do not know about Ultimaker Cura, let me tell you that this is an application designed for 3D printers, in which you can modify the printing parameters and then transform them to code G. It was created by David Braan, who after a while would work for Ultimaker, a company dedicated to the design and manufacture of 3D printers.
Ultimaker Cura It is characterized by providing a graphical interface to prepare models for 3D printing, which It is adjusted according to the model and the program determines the scenario of the 3D printer during the sequential application of each layer.
Main news in Ultimaker Cura 4.10
In the new version a preview mode has been added that implements the visualization of the material flow, as well as the "FilamentChange" script in which a parameter has been implemented to determine the depth (Z position) and added the ability to use Marlin M600 configurations.
Also stands out in this new version a plugin for direct import from CAD, in which the supported formats are STEP, IGES, DXF / DWG, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Inventor, SiemensNX, Siemens Parasolid, Solid Edge, Dassault Spatial, Solidworks, 3D ACIS Modeler, Creo, and Rhinocerous, It is important to mention that at the moment only the plugin is available only for Windows and is sent to subscribers of Ultimaker Professional and Ultimaker.
Finally, Regarding bug fixes the following are mentioned:
- Fixed a bug where pause in height stops all extrusion if relative extrusion is used.
- Fixed authentication issues when logging into the UM account.
- Fixed deleting the z coordinate in the move tool to the value of 0.
- Fixed the limit range of the layers view to only visible structures.
- Fixed a bug where Cura would crash when scaling a model on Linux.
- Fixed a bug when using right-to-left language numbers superimposed on text in print settings.
- Fixed a bug where some names with Unicode characters would block Cura when trying to authorize.
- Fixed a bug where a model is partially under the build plate if the model selected in the center is used.
- Fixed a bug where a finger tip arrow would appear when the "Manage Printers" button was held.
If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.
How to install Ultimaker Cura on Linux?
For those who are interested in being able to install this application on their system, they can do so by following the instructions that we share below.
Generally for Linux, the developers of Cura offer us an AppImage file which we can obtain from the official website of the application. The link is this.
Or for those who prefer to use the terminal, they can get the package by typing the following command:
After downloading the package we are going to give you execution permissions. We can do this by secondary clicking on the package and in the context menu we go to the properties option. In the window that was opened, we position ourselves on the permissions tab or in the "permissions" section (this varies a bit between desktop environments) and we will click on the "execution" box.
Or from the terminal we can give the permissions by executing the following command:
sudo chmod x+a Ultimaker_Cura-4.10.0.AppImage
And voila, now we can run the installer by double clicking on the file or from the terminal with the command:
Finally, in the case of Arch Linux or derivatives, We can install the application directly from the Arch Linux repositories (even though the version is an older one). To do this we just have to type:
sudo pacman -S cura