Jbc wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:17 am
expecting a release date of late 2019. That got pushed back to early 2020.
We are now late 2020 with little in the way of updates or progress.
S3D is a great program I've used for years. If you consider buying it do so to utilize its current features, not for the hope of getting a free upgrade.
The updates/communication have been poor over the last year sadly but the program has some nice utility.
If you are new to FDM 3D printing you might want to look into Cura or Prusa slicer (others?) to cut your teeth on those. Learning to design and successfully print simple things first should be your focus. Then, when you know your printer more and start designing complex parts come back to S3D and make the decision then.
I'm 3d printing for roughly two years now, first with Cura and then switched to PrusaSlicer. Currently I want to print a self-designed part in vase mode (doesn't need to be vase mode but at least no travels within each layer...) and find both Cura and PrusaSlicer lacking. The part CAN print without travels as it was specifically designed for that, but in normal mode they both travel randomly and in vase mode I can't make solid top and bottom layers with either of them.
Saw a Youtube Video of someone using S3d and separating a part into different processes and I think that's exactly what I need to fix my problem, printing bottom and top "normal" and the middle part in vase mode.
With S3d being close to 2 years without update I'm afraid it lacks in other areas (either Quality of Life wise or in features), missing OctoPrint support is one example and I have no idea what else I might miss that I'm used to now. The pricing is steep if I find S3d useful just for this one part though and if I can't make it my go-to-slicer I might instead slice it in one of the others and copy+paste top and bottom separately, like processes but manually.
Thanks for your comment though, I will give it a try and see how it does over the next 2 weeks.