3D Printing Software: Slicer Comparison

Slicer are essential for 3D printers.

The software translates 3 dimensional objects from CAD into the necessary G‑Code for 3D printers.

Would you rather select a 3D print­er now and choose the Slicer lat­er?

What do you need a Slicer for?

CAD soft­ware (com­put­er added design) allows the 2 and 3 dimen­sion­al draw­ing of objects and shapes on your com­put­er. A pro­gramme trans­lates the geo­met­ric shapes into a code that con­trols the motion sequences of a 3D print­er — line by line and lay­er by lay­er. A basic under­stand­ing of the soft­ware tools is advan­ta­geous in 3‑dimensional mod­el­ing. We have a tuto­r­i­al and more infor­ma­tion about this in our begin­ner sec­tion.

3D print­er brands

Most major brands have their own slicer pro­grammes like Ulti­mak­er with Cura. Nev­er­the­less the soft­ware is usable and inter­change­able with oth­er 3D print­er brands. Still, we rec­om­mend to try out the slicer which is part of the print­er first and then con­sid­er chang­ing in case of prob­lems. The soft­ware and hard­ware work in har­mo­ny thus sim­pli­fy­ing the print­ing process.

The costs

This top­ic always depends on the pur­pose of such a pro­gramme. Cost-effec­tive slicers offer a greater breadth of func­tions that are impor­tant to com­pa­nies. Free Slicers, how­ev­er, are rec­om­mend­ed for pri­vate users and even schools. An upgrade is always pos­si­ble which speaks in favour of free soft­ware espe­cial­ly for Begin­ners. The free ver­sions offer less fea­tures, but are sim­pler and there­by suit­able for the start.

Top 4 Slicer 2016

We have a selection for you, in case you are not satisfied with your current 3D printer solutions.


Find your 

Slicer

Pro­duc­er

User expe­ri­ence

Fea­tures

Print Pre­view

Com­pata­bil­i­ty with oth­er
3D print­ers

Rec­om­mend­ed for

Slic3r

0

Open-Source Com­mu­ni­ty 

Fair

Very Good

Expert

Cura

0

Ulti­mak­er

Excel­lent

Good

Begin­ner

Craft­Ware

0

CraftU­nique

Very good

Very good

Advanced

Simplify3D

133

Simplify3D

Good

Excel­lent

Enter­prise

Practical test of Slicer programmes

Decide later?

The software has become very simple and are not a critical criterion for your choice. Often the slicer from the 3D printer manufacturer is sufficient for the start which you can change anytime in the future.