Join Rich Cameron for an in-depth discussion in this video Slicers and hosts, part of Additive Manufacturing: Optimizing 3D Prints (2017).
- [Instructor] 3D printers are robots…and mostly not very smart robots, at that.…To create a 3D print, we have to tell them…in a lot of detail what to do.…Programs that take a model, create a CAD program,…and turn it into commands are called slicers.…Since they have to slice the model into layers…and then create the commands to deposit…melted plastic, one layer at a time.…There are a lot of different slicing programs available.…We talk about three common ones here…and about how to apply the information…in the course if you use a different one.…The three programs here, Slic3r, Cura, and MatterControl,…are all free to download.…
We give the link for downloading in the respective video.…They all share some common characteristics.…They need to know a bit about…the 3D printer hardware you're using,…your manufacture make giving you configuration files…for the common slicing programs,…and what material you're printing with.…Slic3r, spelled S-L-I-C-the number three-R,…is the oldest of the slicing programs we'll discuss.…
- Slicing and host programs
- Selecting the best print resolution
- Retraction, filament, extrusion, and nozzle settings
- Setting printer temperature and speed
- Working with multiple extruders
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 02/27/2018. What changed?
A: We updated the videos in the Slicer and Host Programs chapter to reflect the most recent changes to the software.