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3D Print Express is an application that will allow you to print at high resolution reducing the printing times of 3D printers FFF (fused filament fabrication) considerably.

Most of the 3D printers generate their pieces using G-Code language files, the most commonly used programs to generate these files are Cura and Slic3r (they are responsible for layering the part or parts). Although the most popular slicers have been named, it will also work with any other that generates G-code, which you consider your favorite.

3D Print Express analyzes the G-Code file of any 3D part and optimizes it to minimize the time of printing, always trying to get a good finish of the piece. Finally the optimized file will be sent to the printer.

3D Print Express is designed for the standard user of a 3D printer that wants to print their parts at high resolution and without investing so much time.

The average time gain estimate is between 30% and 50% of the original time (for a medium sized piece). A piece that would take 4h could be printed in 2h. The gain of time will depend on the structure and complexity of the piece, the more complex pieces can be optimized more than the simple. For parts that have already been optimized, the percentage will be low.

There are two optimization options:

  • Constant layer height of the workpiece finish. A layer height of 0.2mm or less is recommended.  
  • Variable layer height of the workpiece finish. A layer height of 0.1mm or less is recommended. But it could be used with higher heights (0.2-0.5mm for example).  

The variable layer option allows you to automatically calculate the height of the layers depending on the different surfaces of the part to be printed. Getting an optimal finish in less time.

example of Variable and Constant layer
example of Variable and Constant layer

 In addition to the advantages of the "variable layer" option, it also has the optimization of time already commented (the time gain will be lower by the best finish).  

The difference between both options is that "constant layer" maintains the finish of the original G-code of the piece, with a constant layer height.

It has been decided to use Autocad ® as the application environment. It is the most used and possibly the most versatile CAD program, through its functionalities and graphic environment, it opens a wide range of possibilities for future versions of 3D Print Express (graphic edition of the G-code could be one of them).

Features of 3D Print Express:   

  • Optimization of G-code files for faster printing.  
  • Optimization with variable layer height calculated automatically (faster printing too).
  • Divide G-code files into the desired number of parts. For a print by parts, it is normal for an impression to take hours (even days). The part must remain in the bed of the printer until its completion.  
  • Load multiple G-code files simultaneously for different program options.  
  • Respect the finish of the original slicer (depending on the part certain slicer works better than others).
  • For any 3D printers FFF (fused filament fabrication)

Requirements to run 3D Print Express:  

  • Any version of Autocad ® (Windows), you will not need to have previous knowledge of the program. The educational or trial versions are also valid.
  • File of the piece (G-code).

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk will be the development time if there are complications, although it would only affect the date of completion of the project.

As a greater challenge, to do everything possible to reduce the execution time of the program, usually even simple pieces have thousands of lines of G-code.

And finally there are many hours of testing and analysis of pieces in which the project sponsors can participate with their creations (or others).

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