Ultimaker are building a strong reputation for continuously improving 3D printing workflows and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Their latest development, Print Cluster management software, enables users to manage 3D printing clusters and print jobs effectively while generating output at scale. Print Cluster management software will make 3D printing even more accessible and straightforward – helping businesses and educators to achieve outstanding results.
3D printing for businesses
Increasing numbers of commercial and educational organisations are using 3D printing technologies, particularly in the form of 3D printing clusters. Modern compact printers fit easily into existing workspaces and operations can be scaled up easily, for an unprecedented low cost. The challenge is to keep the 3D printers running at nearly full capacity all year around. Ultimaker's new Print Cluster Management solution addresses this problem.
Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker, comments: “We’re seeing more professional users implementing clusters of machines in their facilities. They can purchase multiple Ultimaker printers for the price of one industrial machine and still rely on the same quality, reliability, and speed. Our new software solution will support this clustering, with network management and overarching queues to fire-and-forget print jobs while drastically improving machine utilization.”
Burger adds, “Ultimaker’s clustering solution ensures that businesses of all sizes and industries can easily access our printers from Cura, the most widely used slicing software.”
Ultimaker’s Print Cluster 3D print management solution
Ultimaker's Print Cluster Management software will empower engineers, designers, and educators alike, allowing them to efficiently manage a group of 3D printers in a fully integrated environment.
The software is being developed in collaboration with some key accounts, and as always, Ultimaker is open to suggestions and feedback from the Ultimaker community. Paul Heiden, SVP Product Management, explains the motivation behind this new development:
“As we’re consolidating our number one position in professional market and education, we talk to users all the time. 99% of the time, they work in CAD and PLM, so they want seamless integration with Cura to prepare their prints, select a suitable printer, fire the print job and forget about until it’s ready. That’s exactly what we’re going to offer. They asked us to keep it simple, so that’s what we are going to do. No system integration, no IT security issues. Just plug and play.”
A fully-integrated solution
Ultimaker's new print cluster management software will significantly enhance user experience and work in tandem with every Ultimaker 3 3D printer.
Some of the benefits Ultimaker's Print Cluster will deliver include:
The software’s clustering and overarching queueing software dramatically improves machine utilisation production planning, resulting in highly reliable and more intelligent 3D printing. This will provide businesses using Ultimaker with a competitive edge, reducing time to market, minimising costs, and improving the product life cycle with faster iterative prototyping, enhanced ability to customise and efficient spare part delivery.
Ultimaker for professional use
Offering the right software makes professional 3D printing even more accessible, which remains one of Ultimaker's highest priorities. Redstack recognise Ultimaker are an industry leading delivering high quality solutions.
Ultimaker’s accessible, reliable 3D printers, industrial-grade materials, and user-friendly software are designed to provide professionals with the ultimate tools for prototyping, tooling, and small-scale production.