3D-printing company Ultimaker (Cambridge, MA) hosted a joint press conference with BASF, Clariant, DSM and DuPont at formnext in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 13 to launch Ultimaker Cura 3.6 and share first results of the open Ultimaker Material Alliance Program.
The latest version of the free print preparation software, Ultimaker Cura 3.6 offers a marketplace where users can easily install print profiles that ensure high-quality 3D print results. These material profiles are fully optimized for Ultimaker 3D printers, with no need to manually input parameters before printing. Recent hardware launches from Ultimaker, such as the Ultimaker S5, combined with the new CC Red 0.6 print core, allow users to print with composite and abrasive materials.
New material print profiles in Ultimaker Cura 3.6 include the following.
BASF: PP GF30 is applicable for parts used in environments that require chemical resistance such as under-hood automotive applications. PET CF is an easy-to-process carbon-fiber-reinforced material suitable for lightweight, strong and stiff parts that require impact resistance, such as drones.
Clariant: Flame-retardant PA6/66 can be used to produce parts such as switch gears, electrical enclosures and automotive components that require flame retardency and good mechanical properties. PET-G is a tough, chemical-resistant polyester with improved heat resistance.
DSM: Novamid ID1030 CF10, PA6/66 reinforced with carbon fibers, creates stronger, tougher and stiffer printed parts, matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics. Arnitel ID2060 HT, a high-performance TPC, combines sustained high-temperature use with chemical resistance. Arnitel ID2045, a very flexible TPC, is suitable for many applications from footwear mid-soles to electronics.
DuPont: Zytel 3D1000FL, an unreinforced polyamide with ultralow shrinkage, and Hytrel 3D41000FL, a polyester elastomer with shore D60 hardness showing similar properties in x, y and z directions, are both suitable for industrial, automotive and consumer product applications.
Owens Corning: Glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene (XSTRAND GF-30 PP) and polyamide 6 (XSTRAND GF-30 PA6) unlock any applications that require high-strength and durable parts that need to operate in a tough, extreme temperature environment, either outdoor or indoor.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President, Product Management, at Ultimaker. “Since the start of our Material Alliance Program this spring, more than 60 companies showed interest in enabling new and existing materials to fit on Ultimaker 3D printers. Professionals who are looking for composite, flame-retardant, EDS or transparent materials can now choose the right print profiles from an evolving marketplace of materials and benefit from a complete solution where hardware, software and materials are fully aligned. This integration is what enables reliable print results and this is what will help to unlock new 3D print applications.”
Ultimaker expects materials from other leading companies such as Arkema, colorFabb, ElogioAM, Eastman, Henkel, igus, Matterhackers, Polymaker and more will be added soon to the marketplace in Ultimaker Cura 3.6.