Ultimaker, the Dutch 3D printer manufacturing company, aims to provide a completely seamless end-to-end 3D printing solution to its users. As a step towards this aim, Ultimaker recently announced the integration of HP scanning software with Cura software, Ultimaker’s 3D printing slicing application.
The integration will be helpful in simplifying the workflow from 3D scanned objects from HP’s Sprout and 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3.
Cura was created and developed by David Braam, a software engineer, on an individual level but was later employed by Ultimaker and Cura thus was incorporated into Ultimaker. Cura is an open-source 3D printing slicing software, a common thread between the 3D printer, software, and materials to make 3D printing simpler and achieve perfect prints every time.
Cura has undergone more than 40 updates since November 2012, and the latest available is Version: 3.2.1 64 bit.
Ultimaker is trying to simplify the overall 3D printing experience and integration of HP scanning technology is just a new addition to the growing list of Cura-supported 3D printing applications.
David Braam, the software engineer at Ultimaker, developed the Cura because he felt the earlier software provided by Ultimaker was not up to the mark. With his skills and company’s vision, Cura is being developed to create a seamless 3D printing workflow from CAD and PLM systems. Ultimaker already has created integrations with companies like Solidworks, and Siemens NX for the same purpose. HP, at the other end, is also trying to collaborate with software suppliers to integrate their solution for end-to-end manufacturing of 3D printed products right from design to final printing.
Speaking on the integration, Frans Rintjema, Managing Director Immersive Computing at HP said, “This integration is filling a growing need in the market by embedding 3D printing capabilities into professional workflows. This enables customers to consider combining scanning and desktop 3D printing to replace obsolete parts, adding value in professional and educational environments.”
From the Ultimaker team, Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President Product Management said, “By allowing other parties, such as HP, to integrate Ultimaker Cura in their workflow unlocks a whole range of new possibilities for consumers and professionals to fully make use of 3D printing technology. The integration with HP’s market-leading 3D scanning software really contributes to the adoption of professional desktop 3D printing. We’re very proud to collaborate with HP to offer this for our customers”.
By addressing a crucial problem, both the companies aim to help professionals and industries alike to effortlessly incorporate 3D printing into their workflow.