3D printer slicing in the manufacturing world
It’s no secret that the way you build things in your garage is rarely the way big companies build things at scale. But sometimes new techniques on the production floor trickle down to the hobby builder and vice versa, so it pays to keep an eye on what the other side is up to. Maybe that was the idea behind [Carolyn Schwaar’s] post on All3DP titled “Beyond Cura Slicer: 3D Printing Build Prep Software for Pros”. In it, she reviews a few programs that commercial-grade 3D printers use for slicing.
The differences between the software we typically use and that intended to work with a dedicated high-end machine are quite stark, though perhaps not in the way you’d expect. While you might expect them to have tight integration with their target machine, you might not expect them to generally offer less control over settings than a product like Cura. As a quote in the article points out, Cura has over 400 parameters. Commercial 3D printers don’t have time to change these settings endlessly. So the focus is more on pre-made profiles that work.
However, not all programs are tied to machines. Commercial CAD offerings are getting better with 3D printers and can sometimes cut and send jobs directly to printers. Regardless of the type of software, however, everyone needs certain functions: design, repair, simulation, build plate configuration, etc.
If you are looking for a hobbyist grade slicer other than Cura, we use SuperSlicer which is a fork of PrusaSlicer, which is a fork of Slic3r lately.