Frequently asked questions

How do I purchase and install Smart Slice?


Does Smart Slice work when there are multiple parts on the build plate?

Currently, Smart Slice can only be used when there is a single part on the build plate in Cura. An error will result when attempting to enter the Smart Slice environment if there are more than one parts on the build plate.

A material I want to use is not supported by Smart Slice. What can I do?

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What print parameters does Smart Slice adjust?

This question is answered here.

Thermal print parameters can effect part performance. Are they considered by Smart Slice?

Thermal print parameters, such as the printing temperature, build plate temperature, and print cooling fans, have an effect on the structural performance of printed parts. These parametersnotably influence the level of bond healing between printed layers and between adjacent roads and they influence the residual stresses which play a role in warpage and layer delamination. To properly account for these parameters, the temperature-time history of the part would need to be simulated. These "thermal history" simulations are computationally very expensive and therefore do not align with the requirements of speed and simplicity, which are core requirements for Smart Slice. With this in mind, it is important to note that all of the materials included in Smart Slice were printed using the print profiles provided by the filament manufacturers. This means that as long as you do not stray far from manufacturer recommend thermal print parameters then the consequences of modifying these parameters will be minimized.

Is Smart Slice local or cloud-based?

Both! Smart Slice is a Cura plugin and like Cura, is installed locally. However, the simulations that Smart Slice uses to compute displacement and safety factors are cloud-based. In software terminology, the front-end is local and the back-end is cloud-based.

Does Smart Slice optimize the orientaion of the part on the build plate?

At this point, the orientation of the part is not a variable in the opimization algorithms. If this is a feature you want included in future releases, let us know.

How much time do validate and optimize steps take to complete?

Most validate steps are completed between 10 seconds and 1 minute. Most optimize steps finish between 1 minute and 1 hour. The time required to generate a validate or optimize solution depends primarily on the following variables: Validate or Optimize - The validate step evaluates the performance of the current print settings and the optimizate step evaluates the performance of many different print settings. In other words, a validate step requires one solution and an optimize step will require many solutions. Due to this, optimize steps take longer than validate steps. Model size - In general, bigger models are more computationally expensive than smaller models. Print settings - Some print setttings have an effect on the solution times. For example, a part with a layer height of 0.1 will take longer to solver than the same part with a layer height of 0.2. Optimization algorithm convergence - The Smart Slice optimization algorithm will converge on an optimized solution more quickly for some models compared to other models. (Jeff to clarify this).

How do I submit a feature request?

It's easy! Just contact us and tell us what feature you want added to Smart Slice.

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