The Slicing Software behind the $50 3D Printed prosthesis #3DThursday
Jeremy Simon from 3D Universe on youtube shared a video that made the rounds last week that compared a $50 3D Printed prosthetic hand to a $42,000 Myoelectric Prosthesis has released an follow video that gives an overview about the slicing software made it possible to make a great alternative.
This is a follow-up to a video demonstration and review of Simplify3D v2.0.1. Original video here: This video highlights a specific 3D printing project (a 3D printed prosthetic handed) and shows how Simplify3D was particularly useful in this case.
3D Printing complex and organic objects like a prosthetic hand can benefit from advanced slicing settings. Having one overall slice setting for a complex part can cause issues in the print quality because each piece of geometry needs to be handled differently. Here are a few key points that highlight some advanced slicing features.
Selective support material allows you to avoid printing unnecessary support material in channels, cavities and crevices.
Sparse infill and support allows you to select thin layer height for overall objects printed every other layer.
Multiple processes allow you to set different slice settings for different layer heights.
So if you’re looking for a higher degree of control in your prints, check out Simplify3D.
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