IdeaMaker is one of many slicing platforms, but what distinguishes it is its sleek compatibility with dual extruder printers and highly customizable print settings. In this tutorial, we go through the basics of slicing with Raise3D's IdeaMaker.
IdeaMaker is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac. To find the latest stable version for your platform, check out Raise3D’s website.
Once you download it, run the executable file. The installation is simple and straightforward. Just make sure to check both of the auxiliary installations in case if you don’t have them installed on your system.
On your first launch, the configuration wizard will pop up. But if it doesn’t, simply go to the “Printer” tab and select it manually.
And that’s it! Your printer is set up. Just keep in mind that currently IdeaMaker only supports printers using Marlin firmware, but don’t give up if your printer uses another firmware! You can always use IdeaMaker as a slicer and export the g-code.
To add your model, click on the plus icon in the middle. Choose your file and it will be loaded onto the screen. Use the “Pan”, “Move” and “Rotate” tools to look around. You can also use the shortcuts.
One thing you might notice is an orange warning sign. This means your models are “Invalid” and that they need to be repaired. If you unselect them, they will be colored red. Repairing is a very smooth and efficient process in IdeaMaker. Here’s how to do it:
Note that repairing may take some time depending on the model.
With IdeaMaker, it’s also possible to transform your model. The tools are basic but often enough to get the job done.
You can move, rotate and scale your model using the tools in the toolbar. Here’s how to transform your object:
The “Free Cut” tool allows you to partition the model into multiple pieces. This is handy when you want to print something in parts, for example if your print bed is too small. Here’s how to perform a free cut:
Keep in mind that, once you “cut” the model, you’ll need to repair the resulting ones to get rid of the non-manifold edges.
The support tool allows you to add supports to your model, either automatically or manually. You can also activate auto-supports in the print settings. Here’s how to add supports:
The auto-supports function works decently well and usually covers all the required parts. If it doesn’t, or if you want to have supports only in specific places, you can manually add them. Once you have your model selected, add manual supports in the following way:
Now that the model is ready, the settings need to be configured:
The settings are abundant and you can adjust almost anything you can think of in IdeaMaker’s settings tab. From “Coasting Distance” to “Infill Acceleration”, there are settings present in IdeaMaker that usually aren’t present in other 3D Slicers. In case you’re lost in all the options, here’s where to find some typical settings:
Once you’re done adjusting the settings, click “Okay” and then “Save and Close”.
After setting up the print settings, it’s time to finally slice it into g-code:
And that’s it! Happy printing with Raise3D’s IdeaMaker!
License: The text of "IdeaMaker – A Beginner’s Guide to Raise3D’s Slicer" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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