Last week, Ultimaker released Ultimaker Cura 3.0, the latest version of the company’s popular open source software. The newest iteration of the software came with several new features, including an option for users to create their own plugins. Several software manufacturers have already created plugins for the new Cura, one of them being Mixed Dimensions, the company behind 3D file repair software MakePrintable. The new MakePrintable plugin will allow users to repair files right from within their slicing software, reducing the number of steps and platforms needed to 3D print.
MakePrintable started out this year by coming out of beta, and recently introduced new Mammoth technology which is capable of repairing the most complex files. Integrating the software into Cura means that users can make their workflows easier and potentially save hours by automating their file repair processes.
“Failed prints introduces a major setback for 3D printing, blocking its full potential,” said Baha Abunojaim, CTO of MakePrintable and Co-Founder of Mixed Dimensions. “Having the ability to repair the file before slicing it from within the slicer will significantly reduce this issue and move us toward a more robust 3D printing workflow.”
Repairing files by hand can take as long as days, and that’s if the user is lucky enough to find the errors before printing. MakePrintable is an automated cloud platform that quickly repairs models and also offers several optimization features, such as hollowing. Having it accessible from Cura means that file repairs will be tailored to your print configurations and print scale, which is critical in repairing issues relating to wall thickness, for example.
“The powerful combination of Cura and MakePrintable will mean many tens of thousands of hours saved for Cura’s customers in file repair and failed prints,” said Mo Taslaq, Co-Founder and CEO of Mixed Dimensions. “Both Mixed Dimensions and Ultimaker are on a path to make it easier for enterprise and home customers to get their files 3D printed. We’re proud to be selected as a partner with Ultimaker’s Cura the world’s most favorite slicing software in 3D printing. We’re also proud to be working with Ultimaker, a company that makes excellent 3D printing solutions for manufacturing.”
Cura users will need a MakePrintable account to use the plugin, and a free forever plan is available.
Mixed Dimensions has been busy lately in terms of collaborations, because the company has also just teamed with Daz 3D to introduce the GamePrint 3D Print Shop for Daz Studio. Daz 3D is a 3D content platform that has been around since 2000, and through the GamePrint 3D Printing Solution, users can now bring their digital creations into the physical world.
“The Daz 3D community of digital artists and 3D modelers invests so much of their time and talent into each and every button, belt loop and braid of the models they create and the amazing artwork and scenes created with them,” said Steve Spencer, General Manager, Daz 3D.
“Now, with the Mixed Dimensions plugin, users can easily create and order physical 3D models of their designs at the level of detail and fidelity their artistry demands. This solution not only makes 3D printing accessible to all of our customers, but does so at a quality level that is simply not available from other 3D print solutions.”
All models created through the GamePrint 3D Print Shop are 3D printed in resin and hand-painted by professional artists. The GamePrint platform was developed by Mixed Dimensions as a way for gamers to capture gameplay moments, customize their own action figures and 3D print their creations.
“Our mission at Mixed Dimensions is to bring remarkable virtual creations into the physical world,” said Taslaq. “Daz 3D is home to some of the most highly-detailed and beautiful virtual models ever created – these are the models that leave us awestruck when we see them on screen. It’s our honor to debut our proprietary GamePrint technology in Daz Studio, directly engaging with the talented people that helped inspire the development of our personalized 3D printing solution.”