Prusa Slicer First Thoughts

 So I figured I would give a different slicer a chance than the tried and true Cura that I have used for several years now.


Before I get to far into my take on Prusa's Slicer let me explain what a Slicer does for 3D Printing. A slicer is a piece of software that takes some kind of Computer Generated Drawing , such as files from Fusion 360, Blender, or OnShape that you make yourself or files you have downloaded from sites like Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, or any other source of 3D models and convert the file into something the printer can understand, typically G-Code. It also lets you the user define things such as temperatures of the nozzle and print bed, how much infill to use, and a ton of other settings that can change how the file is printed. The name of slicer is because in the software it also lets you see what it is doing layer by layer like if you were to slice an onion or something.
For my first print with Prusa Slicer I am pretty impressed with it on my Ender 3 with stock mainboard printing through OctoPrint. It was fairly easy to setup due to using it with a printer that is on the 3d party supported printers option.
I haven't dived to deep into all of the settings yet but printing with the stock settings I am pretty impressed with the results so far. Some of the few quirks that I had with the first print was due to not having it leveled well and not having good enough bed adhesion so ran into some warping issues but this is not the fault of the slicer.
I did have Ironing turned on with this first go at the printer and I was pretty impressed with how it turned out on the top layer so I will be using that for some future prints.


Going forward on future posts I will be tagging the posts if it was sliced with Cura or PrusaSlicer. I plan on also doing some side by side prints once I get print profiles setup on both that are fairly comparable.

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