Sep 25, 2015 | By Kira

Aleph Objects, maker of the LulzBot open source desktop 3D printer line and the free open source software Libre Innovation, today announced that it will release its latest software, Cura LulzBot Edition v17, at this weekend's World Maker Faire in New York. Every year, the World Maker Faire positively hums with the latest news from the world of 3D printing, from major industry announcements to novel hobby projects, and this year is no exception.

The software is compatible for users with any FFF 3D printer and operating system, including GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Like its predecessors LulzBot Cura v17 will be completely free, however it comes with significant improvements.

According to Aleph Objects, their newest software features three major upgrades that will make it faster and easier than ever for users to get from design to 3D print. First, there are Quickprint profiles for twenty materials straight out of the box. These include HiPS, PLA, ABS, Nylon, Elastomer, PET, electrically conductive materials, Laywoo-D3, and many others. Additionally, each Quickprint profile is optimized for vendors including eSUN, Taulman 3D, Fenner Drives, CC-Products

Second, each of these materials is categorized by ease-of-use; these categories are: First Run, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (may require bed preparation), and Expert  (may require hardware changes such as a different tool head).

Finally, the new Cura LulzBot Edition v17 includes conditional cues for bed preparation when recommended, and links for more information. For example, as you can see in the screenshot below, when at Expert level with the NinjaFlex material selected, the software alerts you that bed preparation is required for a successful print, and even provides an explanation of what to do.

Aleph Objects is also demonstrating their commitment to versatility and sustainability by consistently supporting more new materials now and in the future. This includes a 100% recycled PET filament named B-PET that is currently in development. “PET is a fantastic and versatile material, one of the most used types of plastic in the world… but sadly it’s not currently made from recycled plastic,” said Tobias Girelli fo EnyeTech, a company that has partnered with Aleph Objects to develop recycled PET. 

“Through research and development, we are improving the process of waste recycling for use in 3D printing. B-PET recycles PET waste into a fully functional 3D printing material,” he continued. The material will hopefully be available to the LulzBot community in the near future.

The LulzBot Taz 5 3D Printer

As a final tweak, Aleph Objects is shifting the number convention to major.minor format to prevent confusion and improve collaboration between Cura contributors.

Each of these developments is a clear sign that Aleph Objects is as dedicated as ever to the open source movement and the development of free, accessible 3D printing hardware and software. “We are excited about the improvements our team made in this new version of Cura LulzBot Edition,” said Aleph Objects’ marketing manager Harris Kenny. “We look forward to hearing the community’s feedback as we collaborate together to make 3D printing easier for everyone.”

The new Cura LulzBot Edition v17 will be unveiled with live demonstrations at the Maker Faire in New York, taking place this weekend from September 26-27 at the New York Hall of Sciences.




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