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As you may already be aware, Simplify3D is one of the most popular brands of professional 3D slicing software on the market. Since first expanding its 3D printing software suite in 2014, the company has been continually releasing updated versions of it each year like clockwork, and 2018 is no exception. Following last summer’s release of Version 4.0, today Simplify3D is launching Version 4.1, with plenty of brand new features and capabilities.

“For more than 5 years, we have expanded the functionality of our software to capitalize on the latest advancements in additive manufacturing technology. Version 4.1 will provide professional users with the control they need to tackle more complex projects, while also providing greater intelligence to streamline the preparation process and ensure high-quality results,” said Simplify3D’s CEO Clayton Webster.

“Version 4.1 is a tremendous step forward for the software, offering improvements in almost every aspect of the product. These tools will continue to offer professional users the options they need to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing.”

Simplify3D’s 3D printing software is preferred by engineers, innovators, and professional users around the world, as it supports hundreds of 3D printer brands, is available worldwide through a long list of industry partners, and streamlines the 3D printing process while also offering excellent customization tools for achieving high-quality results.

Automatic Collision Avoidance & Sequential Raft Construction

Version 4.1 of the software is continuing Simplify3D’s mission to provide a universal software interface, with support for over 50 new 3D printers. This new version also includes all sorts of important new features, like intelligent tools, customization, and ways for users to have even greater control over their prints.

First, Simplify3D has been updated to take full advantage of multi-extruder hardware, and can now provide support for up to six materials printing at the same time; this gives users more freedom for applications like customized material properties and color-mixing. In addition, Version 4.1 uses an ooze shield or disposable prime pillar to automatically manage material changes, both of which have been updated for better material separation and more stability.

Simplify3D is well known for being able to easily process very large or very complex models, and its latest version extends these capabilities through multiple changes. The software’s post-processing scripting engine has been improved, so users can make rapid modifications to the build files before they’re exported, and by simulating the printer control system’s actual behavior for increased fidelity, print time estimations have also been improved.

In terms of multi-part sequences, Version 4.1 offers new enhancements, which give users more options to choose from when 3D printing several parts on one build platform. The print order can be customized, so users can specify individual parts that need to be printed one at a time and groups of parts that need to be printed on the same layer simultaneously. In addition, the software’s ability to define independent settings for neighboring parts has also improved, which allows for more detailed customization between models. These updated multi-part sequence features, when combined with the new multi-extrusion capabilities, gives users more control over the 3D printing process.

Finally, this latest update introduces new collision avoidance logic that can automatically detect potential build collisions during the print and alter the strategy as needed. The updated software can alter solid layers within a print in order to make a stronger bond with the model’s outer “shell,” which increases the Z-axis strength of the printed parts, and a new bridging algorithm makes it possible to adjust the scan direction, based on model topology, for small gaps. These kinds of intelligent software tools can help users streamline the print preparation process for complex projects.

To learn more information about the full release of Simplify3D Version 4.1, which is available for download starting today, check out the release notes on the website.

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[Images: Simplify3D]
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