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When to save a Factory File vs. GCode in Simplify3D - 3DChimera

When to save a Factory File vs. GCode in Simplify3D

In this video we outline the differences between a Factory File and GCode from Simplify3D 3D printing slicer software
FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified - 3DChimera

FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified

Nozzles can be a confusing topic in 3D printing, mainly because it feels intuitive that a smaller nozzle sizes would provide for a better finish.  This is simply not true.

When thinking about nozzle size there are really 2 things to consider...

optimize for speed

Optimize for SPEED with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

To optimize for Speed on a German RepRap printer, you need to consider the layer size (similar to optimizing for surface finish...only opposite).  In this case, the nozzle diameter is also important to consider since we cannot print a layer thicker than 80% of the nozzle diameter. 
optimize for surface finish

Optimize for SURFACE FINISH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

We can optimize surface finish on any German RepRap 3D Printer with Simplify3D (our slicer software).  Surface finish is a function of layer size and nozzle size. The smaller both are, the better it looks. The tradeoff is print time, the smaller the layer and nozzle size are, the longer it takes to print.
Industrial Quality - What does that even mean? - 3DChimera

Industrial vs. Consumer 3D Printers

If you have spoken with us about 3D printing, you most certainly have heard us mention "Industrial Quality" when referring to our 3D printers from German RepRap, Makerbot or Sintratec. Sure, "Industrial Quality" sounds like something you want...but what does it mean?