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.
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 better suited 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.
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