A free Simplify3D slicer is a software many 3D printing enthusiasts wish for. As there is no free version of Simplify3D, we show you how to access the trial version and point out free alternatives.
Simplify3D is a popular 3D printing slicer, capable of converting your 3D models into optimized instructions for your 3D printer, and much more besides. In our review, we found Simplify3D to be the most capable and feature-rich slicer software available.
Unlike other slicers, no free version of Simplify3D exists. But there is a “trial”, of sorts. Here’s how to access Simplify for free (at least for two weeks).
Regardless of whether or not you want to own it, the only way to start using Simplify3D is to buy it for $150. You then have two weeks to try it out, and if by the end of that period it’s not to your liking, you can return the software for a full refund.
Getting set up is easy. Upon buying Simplify3D through their website, you’ll instantly receive an email with instructions to download and install the software. After that, it’s a simple matter of connecting to one of the hundreds of 3D printers supported by the slicer.
Please remember: If you don’t want to keep the software, you will have to cancel within two weeks to get your money back.
And be careful: There are some dubious repositories offering Simplify3D for free. These cracks are used to infect your computer with trojan horses, viruses, and malware – so better keep your hand off that download button if you see “Simplify3D for free”.
Even if such a thing as “Simplify3D for Free” doesn’t exist, it can be worth getting the trial version. Simplify3D offers a ton of interesting features for the magnitude of FDM 3D printers, so it’s definitely worth a try.
Naturally, if you purchase Simplify3D, the full range of features are available to you from the very beginning. These include, among others, simulating prints in advance, determining optimal support structures, and a plethora of variable print settings.
Don’t miss our Simplify3D Review: The Best Slicer for 3D Printing.
If the $150 is out of your price range, there are a number of free 3D slicers that are just as popular. Chief among them are Cura, Slic3r, and Repetier.
For information on even more slicers, check out our article, 17 Best 3D Slicer Software Tools for 3D Printers (Most are Free).
Whichever software suite you do end up using: if you’re new to slicers, here’s a guide to 3D Slicer Settings for Beginners – 8 Things You Need to Know.
Cura comes from 3D printer company Ultimaker. With an intuitive user interface and over 200 settings, it’s well-suited for both beginners and experts. It also offers a lot of 3D printer profiles.
If you choose to use Cura, take a look at our handy Cura 3D Tutorial - How to Use Cura Slicer Software.
Slic3r incorporates a number of useful tools, such as a bleeding edge feature, multiple views with which to preview a print, and a strong alternating honeycomb infill. It’s also known to operate relatively quickly, even on slower computers.
A well-established slicer in the 3D printing community, Repetier tends to be favored by users of an intermediate to advanced level. It supports plugins for multiple extruders and virtually any 3D printer on the market.