May 1, 2014 AT 11:03 pm

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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