Cura

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Cura

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Type: slicer
Platform: Windows, Linux, MacOSX
License: GPLv3
Source: https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software
Input Formats: .stl, .dae
Output Formats: G-code, .stl
Users: Ciaran, Lukas, Mitja, Patrick


Cura is a slicer for 3D printing.

The source code can be found at the Ultimaker github account. The slicing engine can be embedded in other programs like OctoPrint.

Printer Profiles

Cura can be adapted to different printers and will keep a profile for each of them. You can tweak a range of settings and the start/end G-codes to optimize the output of each machine.

Advantages

  • free & open source
  • very fast  [citation needed]
  • gives pretty accurate estimations of print duration and filament use

Disadvantages

  • object transformations are rather limited, especially "rotate"
  • important advanced settings are missing
    • layer-dependent temperature
    • infill patterns other than rectangular grid
  • no different material profiles

Alternatives

  • Slic3r
  • Simplify3D (commercial)