Does anyone know of a slicer which has the concept of tools which aren't necessarily extruders? What I mean by that is the slicer needs only to put a Tn command in the gcode file and can otherwise be completely dumb of what that Tn consists of. I still use a very early version is SliC3r which does that. Slic3R PE assumes that all tools must have a single extruder so before I can use say tool 9 which might be orange (a mix of red and yellow) I have to set up 9 extruders in the slicer, even though only 6 physically exist.
Come to that, does anyone know of a slicer which has no limit (or a very high one) on the number of tools? I need at least 9.
Hey, I remember seeing this post a while ago, and I had it in mind when I was creating the RRF profile for IceSL, but I forgot where you made the comment. Now that I'm exploring PrusaSlicer, I re-stumbled upon your comment, so I gotta now recommend you try IceSL!
I think IceSL, in combination with the RRF-specific congifurable profile I made for it, can get you up and running in amazing capacity.
IceSL has lots of features. One of which, if I'm not mistaken, is the ability to paint on a model with a brush different colours, and the slicer will use whatever settings/tool you wish for the different "coloured" sections.
The profile I made seems to work reliably in their latest version of IceSL with 14 tools. Technically 64 should be possible. The tools don't need to be "defined" beforehand. They all accept the default options if desired. All aspects of the tool changes can be controlled easily. Check it out:
Sorry for crashing this ancient thread with this off-topicness.
On the topic of PrusaSlicer: In their newest alpha, they have a "paint-to-place" support system which is better than in IceSL. I thought IceSL could paint to place support, but it can only paint to BLOCK supports. PrusaSlicer can paint to place and block supports. It's a bit buggy at the moment, but it's worth looking forward to.
I am looking forward to the day when a company packages everything as a kit and sells it that way. Even better, make it available in the 'normal' size and a 'super size'. Sell the controller separate as an add-on.
Getting the individual pieces is going to get expensive for freight costs and of course the fact that one is buying small qty of parts here and there means that parts costs are fairly high.
@droftarts Yes i think having multiple values for the reading with an analog z probe like the IR sensor is expected behaviour. ideally that would be a linear ramp from where it can "just see" the bed to 1000 when its saturated. The trigger amount should be picked to give consistent results with your bed surface. You can jog the axis down in small increments to see the profile of the readings at different heights and then use that to select the trigger height, I would normally have it trigger some amount above the Z0 position and then adjust the z probe offset .