Ultimaker Cura software & App

Advanced 3D printing software, made accessible

Ultimaker Cura software

Ultimaker Cura prepares your model for 3D printing. Optimized, expert-tested profiles for 3D printers and materials mean you can start printing reliably in no time. And with industry-standard software integration, you can streamline your workflow for maximum efficiency.


Seamless SolidWorks CAD integration

Add the SolidWorks plugin to export models to Ultimaker Cura with one click.

The plugin has the ability to read SolidWorks-specific formats, such as .sldprt and .asm. By using this plugin, time consuming steps such as exporting, file conversion, and re-importing between different software packages can be sidestepped.

Ultimaker Cura Software

The world’s most advanced 3D printer software

Ultimaker Cura creates a seamless integration between your 3D printer, software and materials to achieve perfect prints every time.

  • Cross-platform, open source software, available completely free of charge
  • Print right away using recommended mode, or use custom mode to configure over 300 settings, for maximum control
  • Expert-configured and road-tested profiles make hardware and material configuration simple and fast, and achieves reliable, professional results
  • Out-of-the-box support for STL, OBJ, X3D, and 3MF file formats
  • Expand the core functionality of the software with plugins
  • Combine with Cura Connect to manage one or more network-enabled Ultimaker printers from a single interface
Video: This video walks you through the basics of preparing your model with Ultimaker Cura.

3 steps to printing a 3D model

Every model you design for print must be translated by Ultimaker Cura into instructions your 3D printer will understand. It does this by slicing your model into thin layers and saving the file ready for printing. Here’s the process in a bit more detail.


The first thing you’ll need is a 3D model. Ultimaker Cura works with STL, OBJ, X3D or 3MF file formats out-of-the-box.


Within moments, Ultimaker Cura slices your model ready for print. You can preview it, scale it and adjust settings as you’d like.


Send print jobs remotely using a network-enabled Ultimaker 3D printer, or save files to a USB stick or SD card.

Cura Connect

A more efficient way to 3D print

Cura Connect lets you manage your entire 3D printing workflow with ease. Start print jobs on multiple network-enabled Ultimaker 3D printers, monitor progress, and keep track of maintenance operations, all from a single interface.

  • Maximize uptime. Print jobs start automatically, monitor print progress, and your 3D printer’s maintenance schedule
  • Streamline your workflow. Create groups of 3D printers, queue print jobs, and pick them up when they’re ready
  • Scale up your operations. Cura Connect works for one or several 3D printers, so it’s flexible to your changing needs
  • Set up with ease. No server or user licenses needed – get started with a network-enabled Ultimaker printer and free Ultimaker Cura software

Get the Ultimaker app

Stay connected, stay productive

Control and monitor your network-enabled Ultimaker 3D printers with the Ultimaker app, plus receive live notifications on your print’s progress wherever you are.

  • Connect to and control printers on your Wi-Fi network
  • Manage the print queue as you do in Cura Connect
  • Leave the printer to do its job – check in on your print with the app
  • Live notifications on print progress, even outside your local network
  • Available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets

Download the app for free on the App Store or Google play.

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Powerful, reliable, versatile 3D printing

The Ultimaker S5 combines dual extrusion, advanced connectivity, and an open filament system with a large build volume for an office-friendly 3D printer, offering unrivaled quality and reliability at scale.

  • Large build volume
  • Color touchscreen
  • Filament flow sensors detect end of filament
  • Abrasive-resistant feeder ready to print composite materials
  • Closed front optimizes airflow
  • Material-matching swappable print cores
  • Reliable dual extrusion with water-soluble support
  • Heated glass and aluminum build plates (aluminum plate available fall 2018)
  • Active bed leveling
  • Optimized cooling
  • Built-in material recognition system
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB connectivity
  • Manage printers with Cura Connect
  • Optimized Ultimaker Cura material profiles
  • Ultimaker Cura integration with industry-standard software, including SolidWorks, Siemens NX, and Autodesk
Air Manager Key Features

Download the detailed Air Manager Data Sheet
To learn more about the 3D Printer emissions and indoor air quality, download this whitepaper.

EPA Filter

Removes up to 95% of UFPs

Controlled extraction

Inside-out airflow optimized for filtering and print quality

Enhanced Safety

Physical barrier prevents reaching inside the printer

Optimized for your application

Detects material being used and adjusts airflow

Easy Setup

Printer detects when the Air Manager is connected

Smart Monitoring

Printer tracks filter usage and prompts replacement

Material Station Key Features
Fast and Easy loading

Front-facing bay for up to six material reduces loading time to a few seconds

Uninterrupted printing

Sensors detect when on material spool ends and automatically loads the next

Humidity Control

Intelligent atmospheric management keeps relative humidity below 40%

Easy Setup and monitoring

NFC Material auto-recognition and seamless integration with Ultimaker Software

Composite materials compatible

Print parts with high strength and unique properties

Limitless configurations

Keep your most-used materials ready to print when you need – Ultimaker and third-party filaments

Printer Size

Ultimaker S5
495 x 457 x 520 mm

Build Volume

Ultimaker S5
330 x 240 x 300 mm
(left or right nozzle, or dual extrusion)

Layer resolution

0.25 mm nozzle: 150 to 60 micron
0.4 mm nozzle: 200 to 20 micron
0.8 mm nozzle: 600 to 20 micron

Supported materials

PLA, Tough PLA, Nylon, ABS, CPE, CPE+, PC, TPU 95A, PP, PVA, Breakaway

In the box
Ultimaker Tough PLA Black, 750 g
Ultimaker PVA, 750 g

Nozzle diameter

0.25 mm
0.4 mm
0.8 mm

Nozzle temperature

180 °C to 280 °C

Build plate

Ultimaker S5
20 to 140 °C heated glass and aluminum build plates with active leveling


Ultimaker S5
Wi-Fi, LAN, or USB port

Ultimaker S3

Engineered for efficiency, reliability and precision, the Ultimaker 3 and S3 features dual extrusion with water-soluble support, advanced connectivity and an open filament system

  • Network connectivity: Print via Wi-Fi, LAN, cloud,or with USB
  • Touch screen: Effortless operation via an award-winning user interface
  • Advanced active leveling: Reliable first-layer adhesion, enables unattended use
  • Front enclosure: Improved printing environment for better print results
  • Flow sensor: Stay informed when filament runs out to increase print success
  • Easy setup and monitoring: With NFC material recognition and internal camera
  • Composite materials compatible: Print parts with high strength and unique properties
Printer Size

Ultimaker 3 Extended
394 x 489 x 637 mm (inc. Bowden tubes and spool holder)

Build Volume

230 x 190 x 200 mm

Layer resolution

0.25 mm nozzle: 150 - 60 micron
0.4 mm nozzle: 200 - 20 micron
0.6 mm nozzle: 300 - 20 micron
0.8 mm nozzle: 600 - 20 micron

Supported materials

Use Ultimaker materials, any third-party filament, or access material profiles from leading brands. Choose from these materials or any other open source materials.

PLA, Tough PLA, ABS, PC, CPE, Nylon, PP, Igus Iglidur | 180 – PF, CPE+, DSM Arnitel ID 2060 HT, TPU 95A, DuPont Hytrel 3D4100FL, Owens Corning XSTRAND GF30-PA6, DSM Novamind ID 1030 CF10
Support Materials: Ultimaker PVA, Ultimaker Breakaway

Nozzle diameter

0.4 mm (included)

0.25 mm (sold separately)
0.6 mm (sold separately)
0.8 mm (sold separately)

Build plate

Heated glass build plate (20 – 140’c)


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