UltiMaker’s Method series 3D printers are now compatible with UltiMaker Cura, one of the world’s most popular desktop 3D printing softwares. In the latest Cura 5.6 beta release, users can now find new print profiles for the Method X and Method XL 3D printers as well as new material profiles for ABS-R, ABS-CF (Carbon Fiber), and RapidRinse.
These profiles are as professionally tuned and extensively tested as the profiles for the S series 3D printers and materials, ensuring that Method users get the same level of experience as S series users. Method users can leverage the power of Cura, which has over 600 settings, for complete 3D printing flexibility.
“We are thrilled to finally be able to offer slicing for the Method series 3D printers on Cura,” said Arjen Dirks, Head of Community and Software at UltiMaker. “We believe that this will open up a world of possibilities, providing Method users with more control, flexibility, and efficiency in their 3D printing processes.”
The Method series was created for high-quality production of manufacturing applications, from prototyping and tooling to end-use parts. The Method XL has a 305mm x 305mm x 320mm build volume – allowing users to create large, complex, and durable parts. Method XL delivers precise, engineering-grade ABS prototypes, powered by its heated build plate and heated chamber, which can reach up to 100°C. This duo adds an extra layer of security to avoid warping or layer adhesion issues. Combined with RapidRinse, a fast-dissolving water-soluble support material, and an integrated HEPA air filter, Method XL makes printing with ABS a simpler and safer process.
“The Method platform has been fantastic for us. We were one of the first users of Method, so going to Method XL was a seamless transition,” said Marco Perry, Co-founder, Partner, and Engineering Director at PENSA and PENSA Labs. “When we prototype parts, we’ll use ABS. It’s the perfect balance of material properties like durability, strength, and part reliability. Using Method XL, we know we’ll get great ABS parts that we can match in injection molding. So when we do short-run productions on XL, we’ll run batches at a time, knowing that we’ll get the same high-quality results each time.”
The Method series 3D printers will continue to work with CloudPrint, which offers cloud-based print preparation and remote print management. Users who have strict security policies and cloud restrictions in place can use Cura as a secure alternative that is locally installed on their desktops.
This is the first phase of updates designed to improve the compatibility of the Method series with Cura. Future releases plan to include additional material profiles as well as compatibility with the UltiMaker Digital Factory.