3DChimera - Connecting the Dots

When to save a Factory File vs. GCode in Simplify3D

When to save a Factory File vs. GCode in Simplify3D
In this video we outline the differences between a Factory File and GCode from Simplify3D 3D printing slicer software

FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified

FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified

Nozzles can be a confusing topic in 3D printing, mainly because it feels intuitive that a smaller nozzle sizes would provide for a better finish.  This is simply not true.

When thinking about nozzle size there are really 2 things to consider...

Optimize for STRENGTH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

optimize for strength

There are many characteristics to consider when optimizing for strength.  Obviously, this is highly dependent upon the material properties of your filament.  It is also highly dependent on the number of shells in the part, the infill shape, and the infill density.

Optimize for SPEED with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

optimize for speed
To optimize for Speed on a German RepRap printer, you need to consider the layer size (similar to optimizing for surface finish...only opposite).  In this case, the nozzle diameter is also important to consider since we cannot print a layer thicker than 80% of the nozzle diameter. 

Optimize for SURFACE FINISH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

optimize for surface finish
We can optimize surface finish on any German RepRap 3D Printer with Simplify3D (our slicer software).  Surface finish is a function of layer size and nozzle size. The smaller both are, the better it looks. The tradeoff is print time, the smaller the layer and nozzle size are, the longer it takes to print.

Does a Heated Chamber really matter?

Does a Heated Chamber really matter?
The reason a heated chamber is important comes down to the material properties of engineering-grade plastics (think back to materials science class folks). 

Industrial Quality - What does that even mean?

Industrial Quality - What does that even mean?
If you have spoken with us about 3D printing, you most certainly have heard us mention "Industrial Quality" when referring to our 3D printers from German RepRap, Makerbot or Sintratec.  Sure, "Industrial Quality" sounds like something you want...but what does it mean?