Preparing a print with Cura

After you have added the Ultimaker 3 in Cura, the main interface will become visible. Here is an overview of the interface.

When preparing a model, you always need to make sure that the print core and material configuration match with the configuration on your Ultimaker 3. If you are using the network you can allow Cura to automatically transfer the configuration from your Ultimaker 3 to Cura.

Printing with PVA support

To slice a model with PVA support, take the steps described below.

  1. Load the model into Cura by clicking the “Open File” folder icon (top left corner).
  2. Use the Adjustment Tools to position, scale and rotate the object if desired.
  3. In the Sidebar, check if the print cores and materials are correct. Print core 1 should be AA and print core 2 BB.
  4. Select a profile quality (Draft Print, Fast Print, Normal Quality or High Quality) on the Sidebar.
  5. Select “Helper Parts” on the Sidebar. Set the desired strength and choose the print core for support.
  6. To view the result of the selected profile and support settings, go to the “View mode” and select “Layers”.
  7. In the bottom right corner, select “Save file”, “Save to USB” or “Print over network” depending on the chosen printing method.

Printing with PVA support with the Ultimaker 3 is also available as quick start guide. You can download it here.

Printing with two colors

To create a dual color print, two model files (exported to fit together) are required. This is necessary to assign the two colors to the objects. Follow the below steps to create a dual color print with Cura.

  1. Load both model files into Cura by clicking the “Open File” folder icon (top left corner).
  2. In the Sidebar, check if the print cores and materials are correct. Both print cores should be AA.
  3. Select the object that you want to print with print core two, go to “Per model settings” (left side of the screen) and select “Print model with print core 2”.

    Note: All loaded objects are printed with print core 1 by default. Therefore it is only necessary to manually set the print core for the object that you want to print with print core 2.

  4. Select all models (shift + left click) and merge them by a right click on one of the models and select “Merge models”.
  5. Use the Adjustment Tools to position, scale and rotate the object if desired.
  6. Select a profile quality (Draft Print, Fast Print, Normal Quality or High Quality) on the Sidebar.
  7. To view the result of the selected profile settings, go to the “View mode” and select “Layers”.
  8. In the bottom right corner, select “Save file”, “Save to USB” or “Print over network” depending on the chosen printing method.

Printing with two colors with the Ultimaker 3 is also available as quick start guide. You can download it here.

Printing with one material

Although the Ultimaker 3 allows printing with two materials at the same time, it is also possible to make single extrusion prints. The workflow for this is described below.

  1. Load the model into Cura by clicking the “Open File” folder icon (top left corner).
  2. Use the Adjustment Tools to position, scale and rotate the object if desired.
  3. In the Sidebar, check if the print core and material are correct. Print core 1 should be set to AA.
  4. Select a profile quality (Draft Print, Fast Print, Normal Quality or High Quality) on the Sidebar.
  5. Select “Helper Parts” on the Sidebar and set the desired strength.
  6. To view the result of the selected profile, go to the “View mode” and select “Layers”.
  7. In the bottom right corner, select “Save file”, “Save to USB” or “Print over network” depending on the chosen printing method.

For more instructions on how to use Cura take a look at the Cura manual on our website.