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Posted on October 7, 2015 by  & 

New LulzBot 3D printing software

Aleph Objects, Inc.®, makers of the award-winning LulzBot™ line of Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware desktop 3D printers, is proud to announce the release of Cura LulzBot Edition v17.
Like all LulzBot software, Cura LulzBot Edition v17 is Free Software. The latest version is available for users of any FFF 3D printer to use and enjoy on GNU/Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.
Harris Kenny, marketing manager at Aleph Objects explains, "We are excited about the improvements our team made in this new version of Cura LulzBot Edition, and we look forward to hearing the community's feedback as we collaborate together to make 3D printing easier for everyone."
This new release features three major improvements:
1. Quickprint profiles for twenty (20) materials out of the box.
2. Categorization of all 20 supported materials by ease-of-use, including: First Run, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert.
3. Conditional cues for bed preparation when recommended, and links for more information about all 20 materials on
Each quickprint profile is optimized for vendor partners including: eSUN, Taulman 3D, Proto-pasta, Fenner Drives, CC-Products, and Village Plastics, offering materials like: HIPS, PLA, ABS, nylon, elastomer, PET, electrically conductive, polycarbonate, wood-, metal-, and stone-like, with many more to come.
Cura LulzBot Edition is now more versatile than ever, allowing the company to support new materials in the future as the 3D printing community continues to grow. One example is a new fully, 100% recycled PET filament named B-PET that is currently in development. Aleph Objects is testing this new material on the company's LulzBot desktop 3D printers in partnership with EnyeTech.
Tobias Girelli from EnyeTech explains the potential, "PET is a fantastic and versatile material, one of the most used types of plastic in the world. PET's presence in the 3D printing industry is increasing because of its ease of use and strength, but sadly it's not currently made from recycled plastic."
Girelli continues, "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." Aleph Objects is hopeful that this material will be available to the community soon.
Finally, Aleph Objects is also shifting the version numbering convention to "major.minor" format to prevent confusion and improve collaboration between others contributing to Cura's development.
Source and top image: Aleph Objects, Inc
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