Mar 16, 2018 | By Tess

A new partnership between Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker and HP will make it easier for Ultimaker users to 3D print models directly from 3D scans. The integration brings new possibilities for consumers and professionals.

The collaboration will see HP’s 3D scanning software integrated into Ultimaker’s Cura 3D printing software, which will streamline and vastly simplify the process of turning a 3D scan captured using HP’s 3D scanning-enabled Sprout computer or its 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3 into a 3D printable model.

The 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3, originally developed by German company David Vision Systems, came into HP’s purview when the company acquired David Vision Systems and its affiliated company David 3D Solutions in 2016.

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

Ultimaker, one of the Netherlands’ leading desktop 3D printer manufacturers, has been focusing on its 3D printing software as of late in an effort to provide the best software solution for its customers. This past September, the company even launched a new software strategy with the stated goal of providing “better results for users and businesses.”

At the time, the company released an update to its Cura software platform which would simplify the process of transforming 3D models into printable files. Now, with its new partnership with HP, users will find it much easier to combine the latter’s 3D scanning equipment with Ultimaker’s 3D printing technology.

Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ultimaker, said: “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.”

In addition to teaming up with HP, Ultimaker has also formed integrated software partnerships with Siemenx NX and SolidWorks. By expanding the scope of its Cura slicing platform, the Dutch company is ultimately aiming to offer its clients—and particularly its business clients—the means to develop and establish custom workflows to meet their design and additive manufacturing needs.

HP, a 3D printer manufacturer in its own right, has also been collaborating with software developers to improve its end-to-end 3D printing solution. Last fall, for instance, the company added  the Siemens NX AM software module to its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology.



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