Alternative Slicing Engines?

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RonniCox1
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Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby RonniCox1 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:44 pm

I've got the Raise3D Pro2 at work and we've been using Ideamaker 3.1.7, and I definitely don't want to stop using Ideamaker but I'm curious about what alternative slicing engines people have gotten to work with their printers?

I just tried out Cura (on the N2 profile) and the print wouldn't start (I think it's something about how the Gcode primes the extruder - I'll work on it). I've also been thinking about downloading S3D and Meshmixer - I'm especially interested in trying out tree supports, which Ideamaker doesn't have yet. Anyone want to share their experiences?

Shelton
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby Shelton » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:26 am

Simplify3D. Try it. I'm not using Idea Maker right now.

FirstTimeRound
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby FirstTimeRound » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:39 pm

RonniCox1 wrote:Anyone want to share their experiences?


I have been down this road too, IdeaMaker is good and it would be my slicer of choice if they would fix the excessive Retraction and needless Travel Moves, issues.

It spends an excessive time with dozens of Retractions and Travel Moves on each layer. However, having said that, so does Slic3r and Slic3r-PE. I have found that Cura is better in this aspect but it is abysmal at the file handling in Linux installations. Probably OK in windows, but I will never know. :D

As for Simplify3D, bring your check book with you, at a silly price given the almost perfect IdeaMaker for free.

Shelton
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby Shelton » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:44 pm

I chose opposite direction. Simplify3D is cleaner and easier to use with some features like layer and sequence printing.

EldRick
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby EldRick » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:54 pm

Cura.

Shelton
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby Shelton » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:07 pm

Doesn't work with Pro.

FirstTimeRound
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby FirstTimeRound » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:39 pm

Shelton wrote:I chose opposite direction. Simplify3D is cleaner and easier to use with some features like layer and sequence printing.


Hmmm, been a while since you looked at Slic3r, Slic3r-PE and Cura then? They all do that and more. Plus IdeaMaker allows creating and deleting individual supports which S3D has yet address. Just trying to keep it fair. :)

Shelton
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby Shelton » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:45 pm

You can also delete or add supports with S3D. Without any issue... or set it from the support tab. Cura doesn't work with PRO. I don't like window mess with Idea Maker. All function mixed together. With S3D is a lot easier. I used Idea Maker first, but now I don't want to back. I can buy other printer and use with S3D also.

dispensamatic
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby dispensamatic » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:24 am

I second the absolutely INSANE travel moves! I am printing an 11" round Girandola. It has 8 1" circles at the edge of the circumference joined by spokes to a middle spool. The travel around is absolutely crazy! It skips here and there and everywhere, just to print 1mm and then jump across the build to print 1mm, then back across where it was a second ago to print 1mm more, then back across again!!!

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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby ocelot27 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:54 pm

S3D - Version 5 coming out this summer... apparently. I initially started with S3D as I've been using it for years - then tried IM for a few weeks and after noticing really strange travel sequences on even the simplest of features - like the base layer of a 30% support - back to S3D...

-john

Shelton
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby Shelton » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:28 am

I was try to start wit IM. But no luck. Chaos software. Too much options injected in few windows without logic.

dispensamatic
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Re: Alternative Slicing Engines?

Postby dispensamatic » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:27 pm

I bought S3d after reading this thread, super disappointing. I could not even flip my model.... One axis rotation!? Also, it incorrectly sizes the bed for the pro2 left extruder. I had to manually input the bed size and offsets. After all of that, it did improve build time, but the interface is VERY clunky compared to ideamaker.

(edit) It did NOT improve build time, it lied. A 9 hour build was in hour 10 and half way done, looking like crap. Back to ideamaker!


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