AstroPrint Launches Cura 3 Slicing Functionality in the AstroPrint Cloud

AstroPrint ❤️’s Cura 3

First and foremost, we would like to thank Ultimaker & the Cura Open Source Community for creating and open sourcing this slicing engine!

Cura 3 functionality (more specifically, Cura Slicing Engine v3.6.0) is now integrated into the AstroPrint Cloud!  (a week BEFORE Ultimaker is expected to launch it in the new Ultimaker Cloud!)

This means that AstroPrint users can now choose Cura 3.6.0 as their base slicing engine for all of their prints.  Also, 3D Printer Manufacturers can now choose Cura 3.6.0 as the default slicing engine for all of their customers that use the AstroPrint software platform.


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Print your queues with your 3D Printer

New Feature: Ability to Save Custom Slicer Settings

It is time boys and girls.

One of the most requested features of AstroPrint is now live!

You now have the ability to save your custom slicer settings for future use.


A lot of AstroPrint users experiment and tweak various slicer settings in order to get the desired effect from their prints. This testing process can be a very time consuming ordeal.

Naturally, the problem has remained: After you figure out the most optimum combination of slicer settings for a particular printer, design and material type, what then? Do you write this down on a napkin and stash it away for future use?


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Cura vs. Slic3r Performance

This post originally appeared in Kevin Weirauch’s blog.


Printrbot Simple Maker Edition – this actually started as the original Printrbot Simple and I used the Makers Upgrade kit to get it to this version. See some of my previous posts for that process.

Custom Heated Bed – I hacked this to mount under the aluminum print bed. About 1/4 inch had to be cut from either side and of course a separate power supply had to be used.


Astroprint – fresh off their successful Kickstarter campaign, I decided to run their ‘cloud slicer’ through its paces. They offer both Cura and Slic3r configurations. I can’t attest to what their settings are, but for the purposes of this test, it’s best that they are constant.


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