Ultimaker, an expert in desktop 3D printing, announced the launch of Ultimaker Cloud. Ultimaker Cloud is a future-ready platform that supports the professional 3D printing workflow. The first cloud services that are offered are remote 3D printing, unlimited access to the Marketplace, Marketplace ratings, and the possibility to backup user settings for remote access. Ultimaker Cloud will be available March 19th, 2019 together with Ultimaker Cura 4.0, which features an updated user interface.
The rapid adoption of 3D printing increases the need for a platform solution that simplifies the user workflow and ensures compatibility with a wide variety of software applications and materials. The open strategy of Ultimaker enables key industry partners, such as leading CAD providers and material manufacturers, to integrate with Ultimaker Cloud. These integrations will provide even more value for users, resulting in a hassle-free, reliable, and seamless 3D printing experience.
Ultimaker Cloud now offers:
- Backups: Ideal user settings are kept available in the cloud, and can be retrieved at any location, on any computer.
- Marketplace: Exclusive access to print profiles configured by material experts from leading brands. Registered users can browse the Marketplace, choose the ideal material for an application, and optimized settings for the best results are automatically populated in Ultimaker Cura.
- Marketplace ratings: Users can offer useful feedback to plugin contributors and the community by rating their experience with the plugins they have used.
- Remote printing: Print jobs can be sent to network-enabled Ultimaker printers from anywhere in the world, as well as monitored so that users can stay informed of processes.
Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker, said: “Ultimaker Cloud forms the foundation for future value propositions provided by Ultimaker and key industry partners. This is a crucial next step in our journey to speed up the world’s transition to local digital manufacturing. I have no doubt that our enabling platform, formed with our global network of software and material partners, makes Ultimaker the preferred solution in the desktop space.”
Ultimaker Cloud will be available at the same time as the launch of Ultimaker Cura 4.0 on March 19th, 2019. In time there will be more functionality added to Ultimaker Cloud to ensure that all users keep benefiting from the next generation 3D printing workflow.
Essentium, eSUN, and Polymaker print profiles
As well as future software features, Ultimaker users can also benefit from new print profiles for advanced third-party materials, available to download in Ultimaker Cura today. The profiles for Essentium, eSUN, and Polymaker filaments further expands the choice of materials and applications for FFF 3D printing in a wide variety of industries.
Essentium offer an Ultimaker print profile for their Ultrafuse Z PCTG material. Specifically formulated to be ESD safe, Ultrafuse Z PCTG is non-marring, safe for clean rooms, and the perfect starting point for electronic jigs and fixtures.
eSUN, which specializes in the industrialization of biodegradable polymers, is making profiles available for three materials:
- PETG combines the advantages of both PLA and ABS, offering high mechanical strength and excellent flexibility
- ePA-CF is an environmentally friendly industrial filament with high strength and high rigidity
- HIPS (high-impact polystyrene) can be used as both build material and support material
Polymaker print profiles can be downloaded via Ultimaker Cura for:
- PolyMide™ PA6-CF is PA6 (Nylon 6) material reinforced with carbon fibers that increase stiffness and toughness while also increasing the heat deflection temperature
- PolyMide™ CoPA is a co-polymer nylon material optimized for large scale nylon printing without the need for a heated chamber
- PolyCast™ designed specifically for a clean burn out in investment metal casting as it completely vaporizes at >600 °C leaving an ash residue of 0.003%