Regardless of S3D ability to manage profiles, I've run into issues where profiles do get corrupted or wiped out. This has happened on a version update to S3D and another case of a corrupted profile infecting other profiles. In both cases, CS advised me to re-initialize S3D and re-import my profiles. So, I suggest ...
To save your future self from episodes of hair-pulling and teeth-gnashing: Save your profiles outside of S3D using your own backup strategy.
On Windows, S3D keeps all this profile info in the Registry, a notably corruptible resource. To save profiles, you might:
- Use the File => Export FFF Profile with every printed project (you need to select the correct profile before writing the file). Unless I am using identical settings to a previous print, I'll do this and save it to a file of the name "<ProfileName>_asOfYYYYMMDD.fff", in the same directory as my .STL and/or .GCODE files.
- Log profile settings and/or changes in a text file. I do this as well, in a shorthand format that looks something like the Brief Profile Display shown below. This is just a tad obsessive, but this process has really helped me tweak profiles rather than just stabbing at them trying to get the slicer to behave the way I want.
This topic brings up the general issue of workflow ... how do people manage their projects, profiles, prints, and all the complexity that accompanies them?
Example of my Brief Profile Display format
Extruder: E-List [PrimExtr], Index Tool 0: Noz 0.40, ExtMult 1.00, ExtWid Man 0.40, Ooze Control: YES Retr, RetrDist 1.00, ExRestart 0.00, RVertLift 0.00, RSpeed 2400, Yes Coast, CoastDist 0.20, Yes Wipe, WipeDist 2.00
Layer: L-Extr [PrimExtr], LHt 0.10, TSolid 5, BSolid 4, Shells 2, Dir: InOut, No PISeq, No Vase, FHt: 150%, FWid 100%, FSpeed 50% (2400mm/m = 40mm/s), StartPoints: FastPrint
Additions: Yes Skirt, Sk-Extr PrimExtr, SkLayers 2, SkOffset 1.00, SkOutlines 2, No Raft, No Pillar, No Ooze
Infill: I-Extr PrimExtr, IntPat Rect, ExtPat Rect, Infill 30%, OutOvr 20%, InWid 100%, MinLen 5.00, Combine 1, No IncSolid, IntAng 45 / -45, No EvAngle, ExtAng 45 / -45
Support: No GenSupp
Temp: T-List [PrimExtr] T0, TType Extruder, No Layer, No Loop, Yes WaitStab, SetP 1:200°C,
T-List [HBed] T0, TType HBPlat, No Layer, No Loop, Yes WaitStab, SetP 1:60°C
Cooling: FanSpeed 1:0 / 2:100, No Blip, No Incr, No Bridge
G-Code: Yes 5D, No RelDist, Yes AllowZ, No Indep, No M101, Yes Sticky, No applyGOffsets, GOffsets X:0.00 / Y:0.00 / Z:0.00, Yes UpMDef, MType Cart, Build X:250 / Y:210 / Z:210, Orig X:0 / Y:0 / Z:0, Home X:Min / Y:Min / Z:Min, Flip No X, Yes Y, No Z, THeadOffsets [Tool 0] X:0 / Y:0, Yes UpdFirm, FType RepRap, Baud 115200
Scripts: S3D Std Starting & Ending
Speeds: SpDefault 4800 mm/min (= 80mm/sec), SpPerim 50%, SpSolidIn 80%, SpSupp 80%, SpXY 12000, SpZ 1000, No AdjBelow, AdjBelowSec 15, AdjDown 20%
Other: Area 50, ExInflat 0.00, BrExMult 100%, BrSpMult 100%, No FixedAngle, No BrPerim, HComp 0.00, F-List [Tool 0] FilDiam 1.75, FilPrice 46, FilDen 1.25, ChgRetDist 12, ChResDist -0.50, ChRetSp 600
Advanced: No Start, No Stop, ExThinType PerimOnly, InThinType GapFill, Overlap 25%. MinExLen 1.00, MinPWid 50%, MaxPWid 200%, EndExtDist 0.20, Yes Open, Yes ForceRet, No MinTRetr 3.00, Yes RetWipe, Yes WipeOuter, No AvoidCross, MaxDetour 3.0, NonManSeg Heal, No Merge.
MatterHackers Blue PRO Series PLA 1.75mm; 200°C / 60°C; Z=-0.725mm.