ToolChain



  • Hi All,

    I am very new to this and looking for some advice for a decent toolchain (CAD & Slicer I think)

    Key considerations

    • Using Duet (v0.6) on a large delta printer (DC42's design)
    • OS agnostic, I am happy to use either Linux or Windows
    • This is a hobby, so ideally stuff that is affordable, ideally free

    Many thanks in advance

    Cheers

    Sylvain



  • Check out FreeCAD for a free and open source multi platform solution for design -- the thread I linked has many resources that should get you started.

    For Slicers, I like SuperSlicer, but Cura, KISS, Ideamaker are also options (others exist).



  • Thanks @oliof ,

    I'll check them out!


  • Moderator

    Fusion360 has lost a lot of luster with people lately, but the free version is still relevant and a powerful tool with a lot of tutorial content available. Worth checking to see if the free personal version is suitable for your needs.



  • Fusion360 is indeed still awesome for small scale hobbyist 3d printing based on .stl exports - the big thing to consider is are you okay with the risk of them again removing export functions (.step) that will essentially lock to you Fusion. (in my opinion its a matter of when, not if)

    I'd also be surprised to see the free version benefit from the FDM slicer when they crippled the CNC CAM.



  • @bearer

    The stopping step is not the big thing which will put people who have used it for the past couple of year since the free-ish version.
    The kicker the the only 10 item at a time ? .
    Then what will they stop next ?



  • @peter247 said in ToolChain:

    The kicker the the only 10 item at a time ? .

    I don't think thats gonna be an issue for small scale hobby usage to be honest; but the CAM stuff has me moving to FreeCAD.


  • Moderator

    If you're doing an assembly with more than 10 separate references files you're probably better off using something like Inventor, no?

    You're not limited to components within a file, you're just losing the ease of use of having components reused in many files.



  • @Phaedrux said in ToolChain:

    you're just losing the ease of use of having components reused in many files.

    if you have more or less static components I don't think it'll be an issue, but if you're doing many iterations on more than 10 files daily it will be time consuming and annoying which is what they call "added friction"


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