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Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:48 am

What is everyone using as a slicer currently for everyday use?

Is it possible that might change once the MK3 is in your possession?

Does the SLIC3R PRUSA EDITION have any specific advantages that are tightly integrated with their own machine? Other than MMU support...obviously.

Do you find SLIC3R PRUSA EDITION to be lacking anywhere that other slicers you use seem to just do a better job?

Is it more adept, right now, at supporting the MMU rather than as a completely standalone slicer?

Does Slic3r PE have any specific benefits over other slicers?

It has some great features, for those that use it, do you have any favorites that are less known?

Any specific limitations compared to your preferred slicer?

Are there any places to read and learn about it that are completely dedicated to SLIC3R PRUSA EDITION, as opposed to just lumped in with other “Software” ?

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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:47 pm

Currently I only have experience with Simplify3d and the Prusa Edition that came with the MK2S. I really don't have enough experience to say which is better. I would like to get down to just one slicer. When I have multiple choices I feel like I'm chasing my tail trying to learn them all and their potential. Reading and watching videos it seems like there really is no "best" slicer. They all seem to be better than the others in some uses.

So I kiinda think it boils down to personal preference and what slicer "clicks" with the individual.

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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:41 pm

Welcome to the big experiment and the search for the holy grail.

As the previous poster says they each have their virtues, but none really hit the spot totally - at least for me they don't.

You need to study the slicing process and the settings that affect printing and how, take each tab in the settings of Slicr3d and try to understand what each setting does, what impact it has and why it is there, you may never change some of them so don't assume that a setting that is missing makes one slicer worse than the other. There is a really good page on Simplify3D about print issue troubleshooting, this will give you an idea how the slicer settings impact the final result - or not.

Then it is a matter of experimenting, you need to get some benchmark models that you can use to assess those settings - temperature towers and such, you will need to use these to assess how each filament you buy will perform.

Then you can assess which tool fits your use case best - I'm fairly sure you'll end up with many tools ..

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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:52 pm

Personally I use Simplify3D.

The thing is, as time has been progressing, the free slicers have been catching up in their quality to Simplify3D.
The main reason I got S3D was that upon switching, the quality of my prints skyrocketed. At the time, it offered more features than any other slicer out there.

However, Slic3r PE does have a few features that S3D lacks, such as variable layer height, and 3D infill.

The main advantage of Simplify3D is the manual support feature, and the ability to use processes. You can practically control the settings of every cubic mm on the build area (different settings for each model on the build plate, and multiple settings within each part of a single model)
Also, S3D has an integrated host software, so I can control the printer directly from S3D.

I would only recommend Simplify3D to someone if they are a more advanced user, and use their printer a lot, not because of the skill level needed to use S3D (it isn't hard to use, even for beginners), but because of the skill level needed to use the software to its full potential and thus justify spending the $150 (or $135 if you are a student) on it.

That's my opinion on this, but the MK3 will be my first genuine Prusa i3, so I don't know how well each slicer works on the MK2S or MK3. I guess we will find out soon enough...
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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:15 pm

I personally always use prusa slic3r instead of s3d although I have it. I used the prusa slic3r for non-original prusa printers and it was no problem at all but few information need to remember.

I will keep on continuing to use prusa slic3r. My reason is that, in s3d, it wasn't so simple unlike the slic3r's interface, let alone changing few parameters, and process. Unless prusa slic3r didn't have that particular feature especially manual support placement, then I will be using s3d.

Things to note, prusa slic3r v1.37.2 behaves differently and its meant for the original prusa printers currently. This is because there are few priming codes that were injected before initiating the print outside the user's scope/knowledge. This can be seen from the original prusa's default start g-code scripts section. Other version below than the mentioned above will work quite okay with other non-original prusa printers. I even used the slic3r 1.36.x to do some multi-coour and it worked quite well.

I would recommend to use the slic3r first, and getting to know other things needed. Once you know that you need something missing from the slic3r, try get that other software that has the feature that wasn't in the slic3r,and test it out

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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:13 pm

I have tried quite a few of the slicers programs out there and have found that the one offered with the printer tends to have been 'tweaked' well for the starting 3D printing person. While after you have got your fingers wet with 3D printing you might find another slicer that does something better than the one you know. But as a 3D printing repair person I tend to prefer the programs that give me the control of the printers functions more than what the slicing program it uses is. ;)

The first slicer I learned was Slic3r, then Cura engine, then Matter Control, and then Simply 3D. I currently only use Slic3r PE version when working on printers when I need to research failures that come in to be fixed sliced by other programs.

I find you work with the program that offers the features you are looking for.

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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:00 am

I have been pretty happy on S3D, but I have not seen a lot being said about Slic3r PE.

Let alone a very good user base talking about and discussing it...

Is there anywhere specific to go and see people documenting how they are using it, manipulating its capabilities, tips and tricks, user experiences, and project examples? Seems like there is a vacuum of information.

How well is Slic3r PE do for all those little features that S3D offers to fine tune and resolve issues with edge case scenarios ?

Is it's draw more in its simplicity to quality ratio?

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Re: Your Current and perhaps Future slic3r ?

Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:22 pm

hello

i have a question about S3d. its my prefered slicer, but im not a pro yet...

before i have used preset machine in s3d, but for the mk3 its not there yet. is it a way i can manualy add it and get it function?

Regards Jørgen

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