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by billyd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Feature Requests
Topic: Feature Request: Better support generation
Replies: 31
Views: 5869

Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

I like all the ideas presented here. But to me the bigger problem is the support interface to the print and surface quality. Solve that and you have a huge winner. Perhaps something like a raft on top of the supports? Or something along those lines? Also the gap between supports and printed part sho...
by billyd
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Newbie needs help on selctinbg best material for part
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Newbie needs help on selctinbg best material for part

You'll have to use supports. Place the flat portion of the model towards the bed when slicing (like in your first picture), and add supports for any overhangs or ledges that are more than 45 (and up to 90 degrees) off vertical. (Depending on how well your printer handles overhangs.) To be safe anyth...
by billyd
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Newbie needs help on selctinbg best material for part
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Newbie needs help on selctinbg best material for part

I'm a big fan of ABS but in this case PLA would probably be fine and is certainly easier to print. Since there is a screw into threads, you might consider using a heat set insert instead of threading into the plastic directly. If you are not familiar with them, what's involved is printing a hole app...
by billyd
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Crashing When Updating FFF Profile
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Re: Crashing When Updating FFF Profile

Mine did this too. I had to export all of my profiles (so I had a record of them) and then do a program reset. That resolved the issue for now. Although I can't say it won't come back.
by billyd
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Feature Requests
Topic: Ironing
Replies: 63
Views: 36042

Re: Ironing

Actually you can't patent ideas or otherwise legally protect the idea itself. You can only protect the method(s) or components used to implement an idea. So if S3D wanted to add sanding or leveling or ironing to top surfaces they can as long as their method of coding is original (assuming the prior ...
by billyd
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Feature Requests
Topic: Please make Z hop not linked to retraction
Replies: 1
Views: 498

Please make Z hop not linked to retraction

I would like z hop separated from retraction and rather, tied to fast travel moves directly. As in some cases there are retractions that occur (depending on settings) that are not related to a travel move. Since hop is generally used to avoid collisions it makes more sense (to me) to tie it to trave...
by billyd
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: How To Avoid Extruder Travel over Internal Area Of Print
Replies: 10
Views: 522

Re: How To Avoid Extruder Travel over Internal Area Of Print

Never understood why vertical lift has to be or should be tied to retraction. Why not have the option to place the lift anywhere (immediately before) fast travel occurs? Retraction settings vary and many times retraction occur where there is no fast travel, and not necessarily requiring a z hop.
by billyd
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Problems with Quality (holes)
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Problems with Quality (holes)

In my experience coasting causes alot of problems. You shouldn't need it with PLA
by billyd
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Feature Requests
Topic: [ALREADY ADDED] Automatic plane sensing
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Automatic plane sensing

lol ok never noticed that sorry
by billyd
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Feature Requests
Topic: [ALREADY ADDED] Automatic plane sensing
Replies: 6
Views: 368

[ALREADY ADDED] Automatic plane sensing

Think of this as an advanced drop to table mode which would allow the software to cycle through any flat faces on a model with user input. Perhaps by clicking on a desired surface. The software would automatically rotate the model and drop the selected face to the table.

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