3D printer driver Cuttlefish by Fraunhofer now available for Mimaki printers

The 3D printer driver Cuttlefish by Fraunhofer IGD has had yet another rollout. Printer manufacturer Mimaki has opened its interfaces to Cuttlefish. Now, more users than ever before can benefit from the functions of the universal printer driver.

Cuttlefish is a universal 3D printer driver developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. It translates 3D scan data or 3D models generated by design and texturing software for 3D printers of various manufacturers. It also makes it possible to work with numerous print materials simultaneously, exactly reproduce the geometry, colors and fine color transitions of the original, and even simulate the finished product on the screen beforehand. Now, users of Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 3D printer can opt for the driver, which also supports Stratasys Polyjet 3D printers.

To achieve this, the software was adapted to the specific features of the printer and an appropriately calibrated color profile, including translucency, was created. Switching between printers from both manufacturers is easy.

“The combination of 3DUJ-553 and Cuttlefish will greatly expand the possibilities of full color 3D printing, which is something we will continue to support,” said Mimaki’s General Manager of 3D Project Research and Development, Masakatsu Okawa, in explaining the decision to open the interfaces to Fraunhofer IGD. The printer driver excels above all in color value continuity, translucent design processing and geometric accuracy.

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