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by billyd
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Paid upgrade For 2020 upcoming Version 5.0
Replies: 70
Views: 40689

Re: Paid upgrade For 2020 upcoming Version 5.0

If I was a betting man I'd say S3D is dead. We are half way into March now and not a peep. If they aren't going under they are sure acting like it. It's a shame but all things come to an end. And now with the worldwide virus wreaking economic chaos, it will likely spell the end for many companies th...
by billyd
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: FFF file location?
Replies: 31
Views: 55486

Re: FFF file location?

I found this section of posts regarding proper use of the registry quite interesting. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/691448/windows-registry-best-practices Opinions are split. But most agree it is a poor idea to use the registry for frequently used data, as it can easily get out of sync when th...
by billyd
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Print two halfs
Replies: 3
Views: 1873

Re: Print two halfs

Drop the model to the build bed. Then double click on the model and change the existing z coordinate by negative the amount of mm's you want below the bed. It will slice and create the gcode for only that portion at and above the build bed. Then rotate the model 180 degrees in Y and redo the slicing...
by billyd
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Saving processes?
Replies: 4
Views: 1571

Re: Saving processes?

I absolutely hate the way print settings are saved and how they are controlled. The processes should be saved specifically with the factory file only and be part of that save file (not a secret hidden place somewhere in the registry). If you choose to, you could save the process on it's own for your...
by billyd
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: LIQUID CONTAINER
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Re: LIQUID CONTAINER

Create a process in the bottom surface layers so they over extrude, and do 6 to 8 solid layers. On the vertical walls do 3 or more perimeters and print at as high a temperature as you can with the material you are using to get the best layer adhesion.
by billyd
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Paid upgrade For 2020 upcoming Version 5.0
Replies: 70
Views: 40689

Re: Paid upgrade For 2020 upcoming Version 5.0

Kind sick of hearing about Prusa slicer. Go talk about it at a Prusa forum.
by billyd
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Switching printers problem
Replies: 0
Views: 384

Switching printers problem

I have a Lulzbot Taz 5 and a Makerbot R2. When I switch printers from the R2 to the Taz 5, by loading a factory file, the printer obj file of the R2's base remains behind and the print bed and volume box of the Taz5 appears. This will work, but it's annoying. The only way I can get each printer to c...
by billyd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Feature Requests
Topic: Feature Request: Better support generation
Replies: 34
Views: 10370

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: 1074

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: 1074

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...

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