I'm admittedly extremely new to 3D printing, I just got my printer over the weekend and I have been tuning it over the past few days, currently using a free slicer application developed by another company. Simplify3D seems to promise better quality prints, something I am very concerned about. But as I just shelled out for my printer, I'm a little short in the spare cash department, it's hard to justify another $150 expense, particularly when I'm already looking at other hardware upgrades. I don't see any free trials listed, so I can't do anything to really see the effect that moving to this new slicer would provide without diving in headfirst.
So tell me, why, if at all, a printer n00b should switch to Simplify3D. I certainly see the advantages of some of the advanced features, particularly if I get into printing for sale or on-demand. Admittedly this is something I would like to get into, which is part of the reason print quality is a high concern of mine. Is there a good justification for moving right to Simplify3D now? Is there benefit in learning the basics using the slicer recommended by the manufacturer of my printer before upgrading to the advanced features that Simplify3D offers?
I appreciate any insight that anyone provides.