3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."
The Product History
I have ordered a resin type 3D printer. I have posted information elsewhere in this website. Now I need suitable computer software for preparing the three-dimensional item for support on the printer bed and proper slicing into layers.
I have run simulations with a number of available software packages, so I can legitimately make some comparisons between products. I admit the best testing will occur when I can run a real printer and compare actual print qualities.
The situation with CreationW3D is a bit different. Every supplier or maker of 3D printers, supply a no additional cost printer control software package for the machine or machines they sell. Either a propiatary or freeware package. It is when a machine owner wants additional control features that they seek other software options, either freeware or commercial for purchase. CreationW3D has switched from freeware to a commercial product.
I have fallen into a deep cesspool of confusion and disinformation. I am doing research into high resolution 3D printing, generally in the realm of resin based print machines. The mainstay software application for low-end (cost) and hobbyist machines has been a freeware program named Creation Workshop CW3D. Apparently, it’s primary creators have sold out to commercial interests named DataTree3D. The program is apparently, no longer free.
I requested a free trial (as advertised) from the new owner website and received a non-functioning (expired) version. The trial software requires a registration before it will function. Oops!
I have been investigating (on the Internet) photosensitive resin 3D printers. This includes the SLA (Stereo Lithographic Apparatus) that uses a deflected UV laser beam and the DLP (Digital Light Processing) that uses a projected full frame picture exposure.
I am not going into a tutorial about these two main types. There is plenty written elsewhere to those interested enough to search it out. (That is what the Internet is good at providing.)
A Time Waster?
I spend a lot of my time working on 3D printing. I may be spending too much time. The actual printing is a hands off do nothing period. The printer just runs and does its thing. The waster is watching it do its thing.
With three printers, I switch between them. I often have all three running at the same time. That’s melting a lot of filament per hour. Each print normally takes hours to run. That means there is a lot of down time not doing anything with the active printing.
I use that time working on the CAD or drawing portion of the creative process. I have often said the printing process itself is not a profession. Operating the printer is a low to medium skill job, that has to be done, but I don’t suggest it as a career.
I am sitting in my office worn down a bit from just coming in from mowing my yard in the Texas 90-degree heat and humidity…
My thoughts drifted to my three-D printers I have in my office. They need to be making something.