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Anyone using Simplify 3D for their prints?

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After you get use to be able to control almost anything, it's just way better. Cura someday will be better (or not) but s3d it's atm the best slicer.

What's better?

- Group control of objects, and very easy scale/mirror/auto flat on bed (press a triangle of the object and it rotates it auto to lie down on the bed).

- Very easy profiles

- Z offsets for each job

- Dual support

- You can easily set different extruder sizes for the same object (making fake sizes) very fast.

- It slices just so fast

- No annoying auto slice

- Works with many printers?

- When you control it you can make surfaces and little texts tto look sharp.

- The slicer viewer it's really great planned.

- The user interface isn't a 'mess' (old cura was great, new cura it's a mess).

- And my favorite: The paths that create to print are really focus on making the print 'look good'.

Ofc the generic profile for um2/umo needs tunning (specially the speed). But if you are methodical and print some cubes/letters/samples with different profiles you can calibrate it for your needs in just one / two prints.

Also since version 3.0 there are many tutorials from s3d to get the basics.

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Other think I like its that if you make your stl in any numbers of parts it imports it without changing the position (if you uncheck the autocenter) then you group it and manage it as one object. This it's great to make top layers that have objects, letters in my case, this way if you split the object processes for each part you can have a perfect top layer without weird head movements.

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I've been using Simplify3D intense for 1 month now.

And nothing but good points about the software for me.

What I like the most is the way the support is organised. I really like to add manually support instead of Cura adding it all over the model. :)

Simplify3D had a steap learn curve for me cause many elements in Simplify3D have another name or way it's calculated compared to Cura.

But I've not using Cura since I bought Simplify3D.

What s*x the most is their forum and support is not as great as here. So I'm mostly on my own to discover all the features. Their tutorials are ok but there aren't that many of them yet. The few tips I've read from @neotko were a great help to get me on the rails with Simplify3D.

I would recommend Simplify3D to others. :)

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I knew I would end up listing the reasons it sucks... here are a few

1.) teh organic surface toolpathing suck because sometimes it will skip a line and its random and weird I can rotate (about the z) and the skip will disappear so its not a matter of the the model or orientation its just bad programming

So if you dont inspect the tool path thoroughly like ...i mean very very thoroughly you can waste a lot of time because it will simply skip a line and try to print in empty space rather than on top of the layer it was supposed to print.

2.) teh manual machine controls or (print via usb) leaves a lot to be expected and a little to be actually had, you do not have accurate dual extrusion control (doesn't let you heat up one head individually)

Its also fairly buggy when I was using it I had to hard restart my printer several times.

3 Teh single outline (corkscrew) mode works...intermittently until it decides not to

4.) if you are trying to print planar/organic surface with a thickness within .02 of the nozzle width... don't... it doesnt work...

5.) simp3D has a lot of "failure recognition tools" but not a single "problem solving" tool

6.) fi you want to see the tool path while changing values in the process settings... good luck...you cant you have to enter and exit "preview mode" 100 times per part if you actually care to make any specific changes to the setup (per model)

7.) If you are looking to receive custom profiles (like the dual extrusion one for the ultimaker 2... good luck getting a phone call with tech support because the company that charges $150 per lic. doesnt have phone support... kinda shady.

8.) you NEVER get updates. No matter how bad the issue that you have when you have an issue it is your fault...(according to their ITs)

9.) there is NO Automatic "lay flat" option...well there is but Every model I have ever imported directly from solidworks ( no matter the original orientation) has come in crooked and their version of the lay flat option is complete garbage and really only makes it "generally flat"

10.) the "remove orphaned triangles" options is a bit... shady... from what I can tell all it does is chew up the edges on surfaces rather than doing what its supposed to, the same as the toool for lowering the poly count. (not quite as equal over the entire surface As I would have hoped...

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Again.. To be fair I would still say if you want immmense control over the toolpath (temperature, fanspeed, etc) by layer, adding custom scripts, and advanced retraction control... its pretty fantastic and I will continue to use it and I will continue to suggest it for people who do not use any of the fore mentioned features

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For 1) Check 'Coasting' also there a bug that can do that, make a new profile and copy the settings (or import the settings from gcode)

For 2) You can set heating changes on toolchange with the gcode to wait arrive the set temperature pointing to the tool_temperature (something like that)

For 3) never used :S

For 4) need more data

I agree on most of the other points :D

Been using it for almost a year and because the horrible documentation it takes time to control it (they improved this a bit on 3.0 and the new troubleshooting pages).

For example until last 2 weeks I wasn't able to fully control the 'aditional gap' and infill overlap. Finally after many screenshots compare (because what you say on point 6) I was able to control it to make perfectly clean small lines with just the correct amount of infill and no gaps on walls. But yeah, the control when you get the idea it's great.

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Have used it for over a year (personal) as I was having trouble with some of the models sent to my hub. It sorted them and I have not used Cura since.

Love the ability to place a small amount of support where I want it and not where I don't and is it very easy to remove.

It is not perfect, but IMO worth the money if your intention is to improve your control over your printing.

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Thanks, James, Kevin and Neo.

I appreciate the feedback.

While I like Cura, there are some times I would like better supports that are easier to remove, post-processing. I know Cura continues to get better but sometimes it is nice to have an alternate slicer to compare against. Then decide which will provide the best results.

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Thanks, James, Kevin and Neo.

I appreciate the feedback.  

While I like Cura, there are some times I would like better supports that are easier to remove, post-processing.  I know Cura continues to get better but sometimes it is nice to have an alternate slicer to compare against.  Then decide which will provide the best results.

 

The support handling in Simplify3D made me decide to buy the software. And it's worth it!

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