A Better Idea

So, I was trying to work with Autodesk Meshmixer to generate support like I said in the last post, but it wasn’t producing support material that I was very happy with.  I realized that I was thinking about things all wrong; I was looking at Meshmixer as a way to fix Slic3r, when I realized I just need to figure out how to replace Slic3r all together!  One program that does both no support and support would be a much better alternative than one program that does no support and an external program to add support to an .stl file.  Enter Simplify3d!  From having used Simplify3d on other printers, I know that its support material is beautiful and comes off incredibly easily.

In order to transition my Hyrel to Simplify3d, I had to start from the ground up, creating a new printer in Simplify3d, specifying bed size, specifying extruder tool positions, etc.  However, once I tweaked some settings, I got a pretty decent print out!

However, there are a few things I don’t like about the print that will require tweaking.  The biggest example is the right picture above; the infill and top/bottom layers are really weak.  There’s not enough filament flowing when these layers are built.  So that will require some tweaking within the software to make them perfect!  However, for a first attempt, it’s not bad.

I know this print doesn’t have support material, but that’s because I wanted to get the basic settings correct first before I moved onto a more complicated support material print!  Stay tuned as I detail how I tweak my settings to get them perfect.

John (aka The Mad Printer)

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