Enhance your 3D printing workflow in Ultimaker Cura

Cura is at the hearth of your 3D printing connected workflow. Follow these easy step to learn how Cura integrates seamlessly with the Ultimaker platform.


In this article

  1. Sign in to Ultimaker Cura

  2. Import your 3D model

  3. Choose your printing settings

  4. Save Cura projects to the Digital Library

  5. Printing with Cura and the Digital Factory


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Sign in to Ultimaker Cura


Step 1. Sign in to Cura

Use the sign in button on the top right corner of the Cura interface to sign in to your Ultimaker account.

Note: Please make sure to use the latest version of Cura. If you are in an organization ask your administrator to install Ultimaker Cura Enterprise. If you are a personal user you can download the latest version of Ultimaker Cura on our website.



Step 2. Continue sign in

A browser window will appear showing the Ultimaker sign in page. Sign in with your Ultimaker account. Don't have an Ultimaker account? Create one for free.



Step 3. Go back to Cura

You can now go back to Cura. Notice that all your connected Ultimaker printers are now available to you in Ultimaker Cura.

Learn how to connect your Ultimaker printer



Import a 3D model

004-import-model.gifOption 1. Import model

Click on the folder icon to import a 3d model into Cura. By default Cura is capable of opening .stl .3mf .obj and .x3d files.



Option 2. Select Library project

If you already have projects and files saved to your Library, you can also import 3d model and open Cura projects from Digital Library. Open the Digital Library Dialogue from File>Open File(s)> From Digital Library and select a project. Next, select the files you wish to open and press [Open].

The selected file will quickly appear on your build plate in Ultimaker Cura.

Learn more about the Digital Library

Please make sure to use the latest version of Cura. If you are in an organization ask your administrator to install Ultimaker Cura Enterprise. If you are a personal user you can download the latest version of Ultimaker Cura on our website.



Choose your printing settings


Step 1. Select printer
Select the printer from the printer selection printer. Your connected printers will be automatically shown in this list.



Step 2. Choose printer configuration

Next, choose your printer configuration. With the Digital Factory, your connect Ultimakers printers will automatically show which materials and print core are currently set up on the printer.  

When using an Ultimaker Pro-bundle the configuration dropdown will show all material combinations you have available on your printer. If you want to prepare a print file with a different configuration than the one available on the printer select Custom configuration and manually select the materials and cores you would like to print with. 

Want to print with third-party materials?
You can add more materials to the material list from the Ultimaker Marketplace



Step 3. Define printing settings
Using the third dropdown select your print settings. Just easily choose between one of the intent profiles available and you are ready to slice your file. 

New to Ultimaker Cura?
You don't have to be an expert in 3D printing with Ultimaker's intent profiles.
Learn more about Intent profiles

Become an expert with Ultimaker Cura by signing up for the Ultimaker Cura Masterclass or learn more about print settings on our support pages. 



Step 4. Slice model
After selecting the appropriate print settings hit the slice button in the bottom right corner. Ultimaker Cura will then generate a print file. 


Save Cura projects to the Digital Library


Step 1. Save to Library

From the panel in the bottom right corner press the Save to Library button and select a Library project from the list.  You can also create a new project by clicking on the New Library project button.



Step 2. Select project & files

Cura will automatically generate a file name based on the name of the loaded model and the printer model, you can always change the name. Check the Project name and hit the save] button to save the project to Library. 

Notice: If the Cura project is sliced, both Cura project (.3MF) and print file (.UFP) are by default saved to the Library. In this way, you will always be able to go back to your project and modify the print parameters, and you will be able to send the generated print job to a printer directly from the Library.



Step 3. View Project files in Digital Library

After saving can easily open the selected Library project in your browser and check that both the print file and Cura project are correctly saved. 



Step 4. Leave comments

In the Digital Library you can add comments to a project. This way you can let others know what changes you have made to the Cura project file, or give print instructions to your colleagues.



Step 5. Share projects & Collaborate

To give your co-workers access to projects you can share Library projects with teams within your organization. Anyone with access to the project can open files from the Library in Ultimaker Cura and save new files to the Library, and leave comments.

Learn more about collaboration & how to distribute parts using the Digital Library




Printing with Cura and the Digital Factory


Print from Cura

To send a print job to a printer from Ultimaker Cura you can simply press the Print via Cloud button in the bottom right part of the screen. If the button doesn't mention Print via cloud, click the dropdown arrow and select Print via cloud.



Monitor print jobs in Digital Factory (works on mobile)

Click on your account on the top right corner and select Ultimaker Digital Factory to navigate to the Digital Factory in your browser.  On the printer page you can see all printers you have access to. Click on a printer and monitor the status of your print job.



Step 3. Print from Library

You can also send a print job from the digital Library. Navigate to the Library project and click on the [Print] button next to the print file. In the print dialog select the printer you want to send the print job to. 

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Collaborate & distribute parts using the Digital Library

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