Ultimaker launched Ultimaker Essentials, software created to aid companies in overcoming major barriers in the adoption of additive manufacturing. Ultimaker Essentials helps companies incorporate 3D printing in existing IT infrastructures and enables seamless distribution and updating of 3D printing software. The paid subscription-based software addresses several IT pain-points, including the need for better management across workflows and the knowledge gap that exists in the manufacturing industry.
Many enterprise IT departments are concerned about successfully and centrally managing distribution 3D printing software. Ultimaker Essentials ensures updates and plugins are rolled out across users in an organization at the same time. This streamlines the process, providing better control across multiple 3D printers in an organization.
Ultimaker Essentials also includes a direct support function and a catalog of verified plugins to help effectively scale 3D Printing outputs. Subscribing to Ultimaker Essentials provides organizations with an enterprise-grade solution for adopting a full 3D printing infrastructure.
“As one of the core pillars of Industry 4.0, 3D printing is an essential part of progressive business solutions and processes,” said Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. “In the wake of the recent pandemic, companies need to quickly realize, if they haven’t already, that global supply chains and manufacturing workflows can be easily disrupted. The transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing is now imminent and more imperative than ever. The Ultimaker Essentials launch is targeted at addressing these gaps and removing the final barriers in the adoption of 3D printing.”
As part of the Ultimaker Essential package, users have access to three eLearning courses from the Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy, which also launches today. Ultimaker’s 2019 3D Printing Sentiment Index found that 69% of the professionals surveyed cited knowledge as the most frequent barrier, of which, 40% brought up a lack of necessary skillsets to properly leverage 3D printing. The Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy helps professionals overcome these barriers with curated and developed content catered specifically to the jobs of today. Courses in the Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy, ranging from novice to expert level, will also be available separate from Ultimaker Essentials.