We hear the mantra of accessibility and affordability for all in 3D printing quite often (when talking to the right people, anyway). For hardware manufacturers espousing that ideal, many of them passionate makers themselves, it means that they are in touch with their users. These particular companies want there to be not just a select few, but rather an entire world of 3D printing enthusiasts, all sharing and improving innovation. And building on that further, Simplify3D wants to offer to the world exactly what their name would intimate.
Founded in 2011, their constant goal has been to provide universal software–and to meet that aspiration, the Ohio-based Simplify3D team is constantly adding 3D printers to their list, forging partnerships to make innovation easier for users, and even publishing a comprehensive Print Quality Troubleshooting Guide.
New releases have been a substantial part of their journey as well, as they grow in helping as many 3D printing enthusiasts to succeed as possible. That continues with the announcement of Version 3.1, which Simplify3D offers as further expansion on compatibility and reliability, along with adding support for the latest from XYZprinting and their da Vinci machines--and with the ever-growing popularity of those 3D printers in particular, it’s a good thing.
Simplify3D 3.1 is available today as a free upgrade for all existing Simplify3D customers. The whole idea is for users not to become mired down in different software technologies for different printers, as some now own multiple 3D printers or are in charge of labs in possession of more than one brand. Version 3.1 offers support for over 30 new other printers, such as:
- The LulzBot TAZ 6
- Flashforge Finder
- PowerSpec Ultra
- BCN3D Sigma
- Qidi Technology
- Geeetech printers
“Many of these machines come with different software programs, which can make the process of owning and operating multiple 3D printers difficult and time-consuming,” states the company in their latest press release. “These challenges are even more apparent for schools that provide training on multiple 3D printers, and businesses striving for efficient production across their entire workforce. Simplify3D solves this problem by providing a universal software solution that can communicate with all of their different 3D printers.”
And as their list grows, they’ve included a Printer Compatibility Tool for those wondering if indeed their machines do work with the software. This new tool offers a quick and easy way to search through their database of supported printers, all now benefiting from a host of new features in Version 3.1.
“If you’ve ever wondered if your 3D printer was compatible with Simplify3D, now is the perfect time to find out,” says the team.
Simplify3D also made some changes and added features based on user feedback, to include items like:
- Enhancements for USB communication – with this feature, using your USB cable to print is easier and more reliable due to real-time error checking. Simplify3D Version 3.1 validates every command sent, with the purpose of allowing printers to ‘recover from transmission errors’ rather than stopping the print.
- Intuitive Editing of Internal Supports – for everyone out there who finds dealing with supports to be a pain, Version 3.1 offers relief as the software is able to customize where support structures are added, along with offering the cross-section tool so that you can actually take a look inside your model and edit supports.
- Improved Automated Mesh Repair – this latest version of the software works harder to eliminate failed prints, without you having to lift a finger. As mesh errors and defects are dealt with behind the scenes, prints are successful, and the process is relatively effortless.
- Support for BFB File Formats – this update allows another generation of 3D printers altogether to use the Simplify3D slicing and printing capabilities.
To learn more about the software or to download the latest release, visit Simplify3D. Also, be sure to check out the Release Notes for this new version of Simplify3D software as well. Discuss further over in the Simplify3D Version 3.1 3D Printer Software Release forum over at 3DPB.com.