It pays to know how to get the most out of your slicer. Dig into this comprehensive guide to learn how to download, install, and use CraftWare.
A slicer converts your 3D models into a format that can be understood by 3D printers. Many makers are familiar with tools like Cura and Slic3r, but fewer know about CraftWare, a slicer developed by the well-established 3D printing company, Craftunique.
Well-known for the CraftBot 3D printers, this Hungarian company released the slicer free of cost for general use. Besides being free, it’s packed with features that can significantly enhance your 3D printing experience.
This article should get you started with CraftWare so that you have everything you need to know before you dive in.
The CraftWare slicer is available to download for free. When you visit the site, you’re greeted with some information regarding the slicer and a few tabs for different operating systems, documentation, and additional software.
Let’s consider an installation procedure for Windows. (The process for other systems is similar.) Among the download options available, you need to click on the “Get CraftWare” tab. A pop-up window will appear prompting you to create an account. The process is very straightforward and hassle-free, and once you complete the setup, the download begins instantly.
The other button, “Get CraftPrint”, allows you to download control software for your printer. Not entirely necessary, but cool to have.
Also, they have a link to all their previous versions just below these two links. So, in case things go wrong, you can always switch to a more stable previous version.
Once the EXE file completes downloading, all you have to do is run it and follow the steps. Assuming everything goes smoothly, you’ll be up and running with CraftWare in just a few minutes.
The software has three basic views:
Every setting that you’ll need to set up the slicer for your machine will be in the options tab on the right-hand side. We’ll take a look at the settings in order:
Once you’re done configuring the printer, you’re ready to proceed with preparing your object for the slicer. It includes orienting the object, duplicating it, and setting it up the way we want it to be.
Select the support option on the right side of the screen to enter into the support view. Support generation is probably the strongest point of CraftWare. Adding manual supports is very easy in CraftWare. The supports also come off very quickly from the printed object.
CraftWare provides you with two options for slicing your objects. We’ll be having a look at each of these modes in detail.
This mode has preconfigured settings for slicing your object. If you want a fast print and don’t want to be bothered much, you can choose this setting. You can choose from three options:
That’s it for the easy mode. Click on “Slice” and the viewer changes to G-code view.
This is for those who want to fine-tune their settings, change infill, and customize the entire printing experience. It allows for more control over the final output, and by extension, you get an overall better object. Expert mode has lots of settings. A few are standard, and others provide some additional control. We’ll take a look at the important ones that you should know to slice your models.
These settings control the initial layers of your model.
Here, you can set the material extrusion temperature.
You can also store your settings, export, or load the saved presets in expert mode. Once you’re through with your settings, just hit “Slice”.
The G-code viewer lets you get a preview of the object. It shows you exactly how the model will be printed. It’s a great tool to check the settings before you proceed with printing the model.
When you save your G-code file, you’re good to go.
(Lead image source: CraftBot)
License: The text of "CraftWare: How to Download, Install, & Use This Slicer" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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