TL;DR : Is anybody out there using both Simplify3D and Cura, and if so, how do you handle synchronizing settings across the two slicers ?
Let me start by saying that I really like Simplify3d. I've tried several different slicers, and s3d works best for me. Having said that, for me, s3d actually no longer works.
I've recently migrated from a Mac desktop to linux ( Elementary OS, Juno, an Ubuntu 18.04 derivative ) and DRM issues have prevented me from using S3D for the last 4 days. When I try to start Simplify3d it hangs. More specifically:
+ Stopped /opt/Simplify3D-4.1.2/Simplify3D
These s3d hangs have been a common occurrence since I started this Mac to linux transition, and my "fix" was to go to my simplify3d account page , deactivate the license for my linux machine, and then re-install s3d. Apparently I've exceeded a limit on deactivation's and now I'm locked out of deactivating licenses ( and there's a license for a Windows machine I no longer own that I'd really like to deactivate, sigh... ). Does anyone know if being locked out of deactivating licenses is a lifetime ban, or will this functionality eventually be restored ?
When I reached out to support@simplify3d about my inability to run Simplify3d, they deactivated my linux license ( thank you ) and pointed me to a "special" version of the linux installer which is supposed to solve my problem. However, the instructions I received start with exporting my profiles before running the special installer, and obviously I can't export my profiles if I can't start S3d. sigh....
In searching the forums it looks like the problem I'm experiencing, or one very much like it, has existed for at least 4 1/2 years and I'm hoping that somebody on this forum can offer guidance on how they've handled DRM issues.
I used Simplify3d for years on a Mac and never had any DRM isssues ( and I am regretting my recent Dell/linux purchase, but that's another story...). I think that my particular issue is linux related, but perhaps not?
What seems clear to me is that I can no longer depend on Simplify3D as my only slicer solution. I've managed to install and configure Cura for one of my printers, and for a single filament. It needs a bit of tweaking, but at least I'm able to continue with my current project.
However, I've spent a bit of time tweaking Simplify3d for my workflow and I'd REALLY like to get at the information in my S3d profiles, particularly my start scripts. I do have profiles that I exported a couple of months ago, when I first started migrating from OSX to linux, so worst case is that I might be able do a fresh install of S3d and start over from there. Not optimal, but it could be worse.