Take a look at Cura’s latest version 2.3.0

CURA is the first slicing software which you get to work if you start with the RepRap Project. Now that is owned by Ultimaker, it seeks to position itself as one of the leading slicing software for 3D printing through a set of changes that merge in this new version: CURA 2.3.0

CURA has certainly changed a lot since its early versions, as one of the first users of CURA I remember how hard it was to work with. It was so complex for any noobie at 3D printing, I still remember the fear of moving an a advance setting parameter, I thought my 3D printing was always about to explode! However, this new version will make any noobie feel comfortable at printing for the first time.

Why choose CURA insted any other 3?

It’s Free

Ok, also because the new update (CURA 2.3.0) is completely intuitive,  community is wide and always helps improving the software.

Of course, I’ve seen many reviews that say simplify3D is pretty good and certainly very popular; if something bothers about CURA are the supports, its complex settings and low renderings.

Note: I’ll soon start working with this new version (since its recent update, I still havent printed anything) and will be uploading my personal reviews. For now I’ll let my first impressions. Besides being CURA the only slicing software which I have worked with I can not do a comparison to other softwares, so my opinions are only based on  previous versions.

complete renovation on the frontend, which I think is pretty good.

Since it’s fresh from the debuggin proces I thought it would be a good idea analyzing several of these new features with you, it will be like a livestream on a unedited post. Everything you read will be my first impressions of the software.

Here we go!

Once installed and having specified your 3D printer type (not different from previous versions) there’s the first view of the program.

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The Oscar is a design that I already have printed, apart from the fact that is my only desing aviable, so I’ll leave it there.

Design bar options

The editition bar of our design is now more visible than in previous versions, being present all the time. This become handy at edition process using a few basic functions, in the past we had to click on the design,  then edit, then click again. You think is not so important, but it can help us  a lot and is less disruptive when you get to work.

Less time setting things up = more production time.

I love it.

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As I was saying before, the renewal of Frontend manages all tools get completely intuitive for the user by being completely visual. In previous versions the printing basics were all piled up, which caused new users couldn’t fully operate the software.

Quick access to different types of printers and print setups

Profiles Selection if we liked to print in different qualities, and the best part, we can select one to be the preferred quality in every 3D print.

The thing that I liked the most was from its simplest aspect I can quickly define the size of the infill with which I work on my prints and thanks to paragraph Helper parts can quickly specify if they need extra support or reinforce the print throught Raft or Brim .

This is version 2.3.0 best goal, easily configuration to start printing even if you have not much knowledge  at 3D printing.

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Of course, we also have advanced options for more experienced users, but as I mentioned above. Best part about CURA is had been designed to attract new users and simplify all sections in a ‘beauty’ and functional software.

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Is really hard for me to like something in desktop, and I loved this new version.

Other sections that I also really like are:

Quick View specifications designs and quick access to save button.

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Layers View

This option is the second one I like the most. I don’t have to wait so long anymore for my 3D design to load the render then see if there are any mistakes, now I can access this view quickly and also can easily  change the layer’s parameters.

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No doubt CURA is absolutely renovated to be a completely intuitive software to new users and many people might say that it is only in design and not made many changes in the code. But I can say that structuring all thus, implies a lot of development.

For now I’ll start testing the software to see how prints result, I’ll be uploading new content of this software later, and why not? A comparison between versions of  CURA 14.2.1 and this new version, analyzing the quality of the prints.

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