This tutorial will go through the steps to create a Simplify3D process using pre-existing FFF profiles and a simple .STL model.
- If you haven't done so already, please download and import the latest Simplify3D profiles for the H-Series machine as described in 1.6 Installing Software.
- Download the simple .STL model for this tutorial from the link below (calibration-ring.stl) and save it in a temporary location on your computer.
- Create a new factory file by launching Simplify3D and clicking File > New.
- Import the .STL model into Simplify3D by clicking the Import button on the left side of the window, navigating to the downloaded .STL file, and clicking Open. The model should appear in the main window, centered on the build platform.
- On the lower left side is the process section, click Add to create a new process.
If it is your first time opening up a new process you may see the the following basic settings. Click Show Advanced to expand the window.
For single material prints, the only advanced settings you will need to specify are Process Name, Select Profile, and Extruder Toolhead Index.
- Give your process a descriptive name. We recommend that you devise a standard naming convention for your process names to help you differentiate between multiple processes. At Diabase, our standard process names include the tool number, material, and nozzle size (e.g. T3-98A_TPU-0.4mm), but feel free to select something that fits your workflow.
- Select the profile matching the material and nozzle size you will use for this print.
- In Extruder Toolhead Index, select the tool number you intend to use for this print.
- Click OK when done.
This will close the process window and return you to the main screen. Click Prepare to Print! to start generating tool paths for the H-Series 3D printer.
This will bring up a computer generated simulation of the toolpaths that the printer will take to construct the part. Click on Save toolpaths to Disk and name your gcode. Once the file has been saved Simplify3D should automatically launch into the Diabase Wizard.
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