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Ultimaker announced the integration of HP scanning software with its Ultimaker Cura. This integration significantly simplifies the workflow to 3D print scans from HP's Sprout and 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3.

The integration is another example in the growing list of Ultimaker Cura-supported 3D applications. Ultimaker has already created integrations with, among others, Siemens NX and SolidWorks, to ensure seamless 3D Printing workflows from CAD and PLM systems. HP is also working with software vendors to integrate solutions for end-to-end production of 3D printed parts, from design to production.

Frans Rintjema, Managing Director Immersive Computing at HP, explained: "This integration is filling a growing need in the market by embedding 3D printing capabilities into professional workflows. This enables customers to consider combining scanning and desktop 3D printing to replace obsolete parts, adding value in professional and education environments."

Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President Product Management at Ultimaker: "By allowing other parties, such as HP, to integrate Ultimaker Cura in their workflow unlocks a whole range of new possibilities for consumers and professionals to fully make use of 3D printing technology. The integration with HP's market-leading 3D scanning software really contributes to the adoption of professional desktop 3D printing. We're very proud to collaborate with HP to offer this for our customers."

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:53

Ultimaker Announces Ultimaker 3 3D Printer

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Ultimaker announced the global availability of the next generation of its 3D printing product line, the Ultimaker 3. With Ultimaker 3’s advanced capability to print complex geometries using industrial-grade materials right from the desktop, users gain freedom of design never before accessible in the professional environment. Fully integrated hardware, software and materials configuration, as well as full settings alignment, ensures both efficient workflow and precision print results.

Ultimaker 3 provides:

  • An unlimited number of geometry options thanks to its new dual extrusion system that allows the freedom to produce more complex outputs in a full range of engineering materials, including Nylon and dissolvable PVA, and two color. The impact: design is not constrained, opening up opportunities for experimentation, creativity and innovation.
  • High uptime and maximum performance due to material-matching print core design, enabling users to switch cores optimized for Ultimaker’s own industry-grade materials in seconds. The impact: repeatable, high-quality output is achieved in a low-maintenance environment.
  • Enhanced printer automation that eliminates the guesswork from printing prep. Smart material detection through NFC technology, as well as active bed leveling, tunes Ultimaker 3 to the best possible settings for specific materials and corrects level errors. The impact: anyone, regardless of their role within the business or skillset, can produce a consistently perfect model every time.
  • Advanced connectivity through integrated Wi-Fi capabilities, in addition to USB and Ethernet connections, results in seamless access across the organization. A built-in camera, connected to open source software CURA allows for remote monitoring of print output. The impact: organizations achieve efficient workflow and access across users.


“Our team is constantly working to evolve the 3D printing market, and the Ultimaker 3 represents three years of development with the goal of delivering a product that serves the needs of demanding businesses,” said Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker. “3D printers have historically been tapped by businesses for straight-forward prototyping and short run production. The extended capabilities of the Ultimaker 3 introduce a wide variety of new applications and we’re excited to get them into the hands of professionals that can capitalize on the benefits of 3D printing across a variety of industries.”

“Additive manufacturing is a key aspect of Jabil’s digital manufacturing strategy, positively impacting numerous areas within our business including the acceleration of product development and affording greater supply chain flexibility,” said John Dulchinos, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing at Jabil Circuit. “Ultimaker has proven a valuable partner in collaborating with our team to bring solutions to market that meet the needs of our factories and customers.”

Utilizing a unique technique combining 3D printing, glassblowing and blow molding, product designer Roos Meerman has pushed the boundaries of the art and science of 3D printing. Using Ultimaker’s family of 3D printers, Meerman experimented with the idea of inflating 3D sculptures to create unusual works of art. By using compressed air on heated 3D printed objects, she is able to create and experiment with extraordinary shapes. Ultimaker’s line of 3D printers brought Meerman’s ideas to life and can be purchased in the U.S. online and in select stores.

After studying product design, Meerman studied closely the process of creating new products and how innovation technology could inspire creative ideas. While experimenting with an Ultimaker 3D printer, she noticed that when the plastic was hot, it was pliable and able to stretch into new shapes. Utilizing that idea, she used the Ultimaker 3D printers to create 3D printed models of small shapes that she inflated afterwards.

“It isn’t pure art or pure science, it’s a combination of the two. I dream of printing objects which can be temporarily inflated and can be deflated back to its original small shape, making it easy to move from one place to another,” says Roos Meerman, “I would love to continue experimenting with this technique, find new applications for it and push the boundaries.”

Inspiring makers every day. From the very beginning, Ultimaker’s vision has been to make 3D printing accessible to all. It’s why all their desktop printers are extremely quiet, fast, accurate and effortless to use. Such a commitment has made them become one of the most successful open source 3D printing companies around.

For more information, visit: www.ultimaker.com/en/stories/view/11715-roos-meerman-aera-fabrica

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