Konky
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Joined: Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:08 pm

Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Sun Jul 04, 2021 10:48 am

It's been more than 2 years since the last update or patch and the software is far from finished.

I assume the project has been abandoned ?

jaymcd
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Joined: Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:05 pm

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:58 am

There is a blog as recent as June 30th, so it appears people are still working there. That said, they have not responded to anything related to V5 or upgrades or enhancements, or future, in anyway for a LONG time. Based on what seems like deliberate selective communications it feels like customers are not worthy of response. I have even sent messages directly to S3D Mitch and S3D Chris with no response. Hate to bash because it is a great product that could be even better if it wasn't for this type of support. Very disappointing.

airscapes
Posts: 374
Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:35 am
Location: Philadelphia PA Area

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Mon Jul 05, 2021 11:12 am

You all do realize that you need someone who really knows a lot about 3d printing and programming to rewrite software that does what a slicer does.
Then add the fact that the person or persons would want to be paid a very good salary for doing so.. How do you compete and stay profitable when your competitors are free and just about as good? Add in that your customers cry rape when you charge them $150 for a product that is not a subscription and will work forever, even if they no longer support it.. This is why the software is dead in the water, it's not profitable enough to support itself in the current business model . At least the website has not be shut down yet.. Maybe as the world economy gets back in shape they can find some venture capitalist's to fund them and get things going to stave off Prusa. I am still using version 4.01 with no issues.. how can they be expected to keep moving forward when current customers have no reason to buy anything else from them?

nexy33
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Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:03 pm
Location: Scotland

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:49 pm

Maybe if they didn't persistently lie to customers for the last 2 years then their name would not be mud on Reddit, Facebook and Instagram conning people into buying a dead product by promising version 5 releasing soon it's their own fault why pay £150 for something that is now sub-par when cura and Prusa are both free bugs are fixed and updated.

munro32
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Joined: Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:32 am

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:46 am

I want to ask the same question.

steuned
Posts: 20
Joined: Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:07 am

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:26 am

i could guess the current business model is to pay for the domain name, and pay S3D-Jake to moderate forum posts, because that seems to be the only work being done around here in the last two years...

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S3D-Jake
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Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:45 pm

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:48 pm

I appreciate you noticing my involvement here on our user community. Thankfully, I'm not alone in moderation duties. In fact, the introduction of other moderators has afforded me more time to help out with other important projects within Simplify3D.

What I said below is still true.
S3D-Jake wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:18 pm
himadeto wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:57 am
good afternoon. sorry but I don't want to read the whole thread. tell me what about the dates of the new release? thanks.
A release date has not been announced.
gwhite wrote: You may not think S3D is dead, but a large number of your customers do.
I'm a Simplify3D employee and there's not just me here on our community forum. In fact, there are more Simplify3D moderators on here than there ever have been previously. We're all anxious to know more about Simplify3D V5. I don't think it gets anyone any closer to knowing anything more to insinuate that the company is dead or dying. I appreciate your constructive criticism of our communication regarding development progress.

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"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."

TheBum
Posts: 138
Joined: Fri May 18, 2018 11:13 pm

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:08 pm

I appreciate your constructive criticism of our communication regarding development progress.
What communication? That's the problem: there is no communication that progress is being made. In this case, no news is not necessarily good news.

steuned
Posts: 20
Joined: Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:07 am

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:48 am

TheBum wrote:
Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:08 pm
I appreciate your constructive criticism of our communication regarding development progress.
What communication? That's the problem: there is no communication that progress is being made. In this case, no news is not necessarily good news.
i agree, there is absolutely no transparency... especially nothing of substance in that non-answer about what if anything is being done in the organization besides bringing on more people for what appears to be 15-minute-workday forum moderation as there are quite a bit of unanswered posts.

Billzilla
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Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:09 pm

Re: Why has Simplify3D been abandoned ?

Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:10 am

I'd suggest that everyone here get a copy of the Print Quality pages, if/when S3D folds so you have a copy of the good advice on those pages.
https://www.simplify3d.com/support/prin ... eshooting/

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