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Cura Vs S3D

Discussion in 'Show and Tell' started by Brothengar, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Brothengar

    Brothengar New Member

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    I would love if someone with the R2 could do a few different bench mark prints both with CURA and S3D , I have my R2 on pre order and trying to decide if i want to order S3D , which will also work with my Qidi Tech one.
    would love some unbiased pics
     
  2. mark tomlinson

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    The pics are not going to tell you much.
    Try it yourself when it comes in with the free slicers.

    There are a number of more complex things that the S3D slicer can do that the others simply can not even do and the support generation is by far the best out there. You may not need the more complex features.
     
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    This is where @mark tomlinson and I have a slight difference of opinion. S3D is very good, we both agree on that, but I do not beleive there is anything you can do with S3D that cannot be done with at least two of the free slicers currently available. Both Cura 2.4/5 and Slic3r PE are excellent slicers and if all three are tuned properly there will be little to no difference in the final results.

    And this is coming from someone that uses S3D daily. If you want to know why, it's because once you set up a workflow it is easier to stay with the tools you choose rather than swapping them in and out.
     
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    I'll defer to your judgement of those two since I have not touched them (well Cura 2.4 I did a brief test of dual extrusion with).
     
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    I have always had a bit of trouble with Cura, and that could be down to how hard it was to get it to work with my main fleet of printers (hint: it is not worth the trouble, and requires V13 or something old)

    So on my Prusa machines sometimes Slic3r has produced a better surface finish on the vertical sections compared to Cura, but S3D has been fine. Where I struggle with S3D is horizontal sections that are embedded down a few cm's, it always seems to leave a hole at the edges. The other slicers place a few extra layers down first that are much wider, and then start the horizontal sections over that. So it prevents the holes. I could be missing something is S3D though, and I am sure I will have to find it soon.

    Cura on Robo R2, first slice has produced what looks like stepper ringing on the vertical surfaces. Same object now with S3D that is printing is not showing these marks, same filament, speeds, temp, etc.

    I always get visible seams in Cura when it is creating the outer perimeter.

    I find Cura, S3D, and Slic3r to be the best for open source machines, and on my FlashForge the newest version of FlashPrint is more than enough for great results without having to work around limitations.

    Here is a stock Slic3r PE setting example print - https://www.dropbox.com/s/izv8y6umx077z9q/WP_20170606_09_14_04_Pro.jpg?dl=0
     
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    There is a lot to be said for the custom slicers that are machine targeted. @Geof has probably played with some as well.
    If you know what the hardware is, making the slicer work is a bit easier.
     
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    I have an email from S3D that they had plans for the C2 and R2, but that was months ago.
     
  8. mark tomlinson

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    Someone with a machine needs to contact them and work out a profile.
    I am pretty sure the 3.1 release has the C2, but I am sure the R2 is 2 new.
     
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    I did find the C2 in the setup.
     
  10. Geof

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    Yes indeed. Most of them lol. I juggle 4 slicers depending on the machines im running (most times all of them)
     
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