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HACKSimplify3D421Multi


HACKSimplify3D421Multi




Have you ever wondered how to print with multiple colors or materials using Simplify3D? If so, you are not alone. Many 3D printing enthusiasts are looking for ways to enhance their prints with dual or triple extrusion, but they may not know how to set up their software and hardware correctly. In this article, we will show you some hacks to make the most out of Simplify3D's multi-extrusion features.


What is Simplify3D?




Simplify3D is a popular 3D printing software that offers complete control over the printing process. It supports hundreds of different 3D printers and allows users to customize every aspect of their prints, from slicing settings to support structures. Simplify3D also has a powerful preview mode that lets users see exactly how their prints will turn out before sending them to the printer.




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Simplify3D is known for its industry-leading support structures, which can be easily added or removed with a single click. It also has a unique process system that enables users to apply different settings to different parts of the same model, or even different models on the same build plate. This feature is especially useful for multi-extrusion printing, as it allows users to assign different extruders, colors, or materials to different parts of the print.


What is Multi-Extrusion?




Multi-extrusion is a 3D printing technique that uses more than one extruder to print with multiple colors or materials. There are two main types of multi-extrusion: dual extrusion and triple extrusion.



  • Dual extrusion uses two extruders, each with its own nozzle and filament. This allows users to print with two different colors or materials on the same print. For example, users can print a model with one color for the main body and another color for the details, or print a model with one material for the structure and another material for the support.



  • Triple extrusion uses three extruders, each with its own nozzle and filament. This allows users to print with three different colors or materials on the same print. For example, users can print a model with three different colors for a gradient effect, or print a model with three different materials for a composite effect.




Multi-extrusion can enhance the appearance and functionality of 3D prints, but it also requires more hardware and software setup than single extrusion. Users need to have a 3D printer that supports multi-extrusion, either by having multiple nozzles on the same carriage (independent dual extruder or IDEX) or by having multiple carriages on the same axis (dual or triple carriage). Users also need to have a 3D printing software that supports multi-extrusion, such as Simplify3D.


How to Set Up Simplify3D for Multi-Extrusion?




To set up Simplify3D for multi-extrusion, users need to follow these steps:



  • Select the correct printer profile from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the software. If the printer supports multi-extrusion, it should have multiple extruders listed in the profile name. For example, FlashForge Creator Pro Dual Extruder.



  • Import the model(s) that you want to print with multi-extrusion. You can import multiple models and arrange them on the build plate as you wish.



  • Select the model(s) that you want to assign to a specific extruder. You can select multiple models by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking on them.



  • Click on Edit Process Settings in the bottom left corner of the software. This will open a new window where you can customize the settings for your print.



  • Under Select Profile, choose Auto-Configure for Material from the drop-down menu. This will automatically load the optimal settings for your selected material based on your printer profile.



  • Under Select Extruder, choose which extruder you want to use for your selected model(s). For example, if you want to print your selected model(s) with Extruder 1, choose Extruder 1 from the drop-down menu.



  • Under Layer Modifications, you can adjust the layer height and infill percentage for your selected model(s). You can also enable adaptive layer height, which will automatically vary the layer height based on the model geometry for a balance of quality and speed.



  • Under Infill, you can choose from a variety of infill patterns for your selected model(s). You can also enable dynamic infill density, which will automatically increase the infill density near the top of the part for improved top surfaces and reduced material usage.



  • Under Temperature, you can set the extruder and bed temperature for your selected model(s). You can also enable temperature control, which will automatically adjust the temperature based on the print speed and layer height for optimal print quality.



  • Under Cooling, you can set the fan speed and blower duration for your selected model(s). You can also enable cooling control, which will automatically adjust the cooling based on the print speed and layer height for optimal print quality.



  • Under Speeds, you can set the print speed and movement speed for your selected model(s). You can also enable speed control, which will automatically adjust the speed based on the print temperature and cooling for optimal print quality.



  • Under Ooze Control, you can enable or disable retraction and coasting for your selected model(s). These settings help to prevent stringing and oozing when switching between extruders.



  • Under Advanced, you can enable or disable wipe nozzle and prime pillar for your selected model(s). These settings help to clean and prime the nozzle when switching between extruders.



  • Click on OK to save your settings. You can repeat steps 3 to 14 for each extruder that you want to use.



  • Click on Prepare to Print in the bottom right corner of the software. This will slice your model(s) and generate a preview of your print.



  • In the preview window, you can see how your print will look like with different colors or materials. You can also see how much time and filament it will take to print. You can switch between different extruders by clicking on their icons in the top left corner of the window.



  • If you are satisfied with your preview, click on Save Toolpaths to Disk in the bottom left corner of the window. This will save your print as a G-code file that you can send to your printer.




Hacks to Improve Your Multi-Extrusion Prints




Here are some hacks to improve your multi-extrusion prints with Simplify3D:



  • Use different colors or materials that contrast well with each other. This will make your prints more visually appealing and easier to distinguish.



  • Use a prime tower or ooze shield to prevent cross-contamination between extruders. These are additional structures that are printed along with your model to catch any excess filament that may ooze from the inactive nozzle. You can enable them under Additions in Edit Process Settings.



  • Use a purge bucket or wipe wall to clean the nozzle before switching extruders. These are additional structures that are printed along with your model to wipe off any residual filament that may stick to the nozzle. You can enable them under Ooze Control in Edit Process Settings.



  • Use a skirt or brim to prime the nozzle before printing. These are additional structures that are printed around your model to ensure that the filament flows smoothly from the nozzle. You can enable them under Additions in Edit Process Settings.



  • Use a raft or support material to improve adhesion and stability. These are additional structures that are printed under or around your model to help it stick to the build plate and prevent warping or curling. You can enable them under Support in Edit Process Settings.



  • Use Simplify3D's custom support feature to add or remove supports manually. This allows you to fine-tune where you want supports to be placed or removed for optimal print quality and ease of removal. You can access this feature by clicking on Add Custom Supports or Remove Existing Supports in Edit Process Settings.



  • Use Simplify3D's custom process feature to apply different settings to different parts of the same model. This allows you to optimize each part of your print for different quality or performance requirements. You can access this feature by clicking on Add New Process in Edit Process Settings.




Conclusion




Simplify3D is a powerful 3D printing software that supports multi-extrusion printing with dual or triple extruders. It allows users to customize every aspect of their prints, from slicing settings to support structures. It also has a unique process system that enables users to apply different settings to different parts of the same model, or even different models on the same build plate. This feature is especially useful for multi-extrusion printing, as it allows users to assign different extruders, colors, or materials to different parts of the print.


In this article, we have shown you some hacks to make the most out of Simplify3D's multi-extrusion features. We have also explained how to set up Simplify3D for multi-extrusion printing with dual or triple extruders. We hope that this article has helped you to improve your multi-extrusion prints and unleash your creativity with Simplify3D.


If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us at support@simplify3d.com. We would love to hea


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