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SLIC3R vs Cura vs KISSlicer

In 3D Printing, Crafts, reviews, software on November 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

SLIC3R, Cura, and KISSlicer are all slicing programs.  Their job is to take a three dimensional computer model and slice it into layers to provide a 3D printer the instructions it needs to print the model.  So far I haven’t been able to get KISSlicer to actually work.  It either locks up while performing whatever calculations it needs to do or it gives my printer worthless instructions that don’t accomplish anything other than my print head slamming into the end stops over and over again.  This is probably a set up issue and is something that I will figure out sooner or later, but with the basic settings enabled KISSlicer is worthless to me.  Cura and SLIC3R both provide usable prints.  I started out using SLIC3R as that was what was recommended by the company I bought my printer from.  I was pretty happy with it until recently.  The first photo will be a model sliced with SLIC3R and the second will be done with Cura.

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Ya… see the difference.  The Cura print actually looks like the 3D model.  SLIC3R simplified things rather a lot and even adjusted the attitude of the head.  There are some things that I like better about SLIC3R.  The support material it prints (so that you can print overhangs) is much easier to remove than the support material printed by Cura.  This is probably also something that I will be able to adjust.  I just haven’t figured out how yet.  For the moment I will probably use SLIC3R for easy stuff and Cura for more complicated or curvy objects.  I was really discouraged when I discovered how bad a job SLIC3R was doing as I had really liked it up to this point.  But adapt and overcome I guess.  The KISSlicer won a number of comparison tests and is a current favorite as best I can determine.  I will have to devote some brain cells towards figuring out how to finagle it into working.  One of the things that I do really like about Cura and KISSlicer are that they show the 3D model in full within their program whereas SLIC3R just shows the footprint of the model.  It makes it much easier to rescale or orientate models on the print bed for easier printing.

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