Mac Friendly 3D Printing Software

Today we are taking a look at the 3D printing software designed for Apple products.  So, if you got yourself a MacBook and feel it is not performing as you wanted, hold on to it, as the Mac will really make a run for your money.

Many changes have been taking place and there is more software for the use of Mac with a 3D printer.  It is hard actually, to zero down this list to any top three, since pretty much all software will do a great job on your Mac.  There have been more functionalities been added.

On the other hand, the diversity of software out there provides you the chance to decide if you want something more appropriate for beginners, something to work offline, or if you require no installation.  We will try to provide the most exhaustive review of three of the best and most popular 3D printing software for Mac users.

Simplify 3D

“Simplify3D includes everything you need to work with your 3D printer. Model setup and plating, slicing and print file creation, pre-print simulations, customizable support structures, mesh analysis and repair, machine control and monitoring, and much more! With support for hundreds of 3D different printers, Simplify3D is the last software you’ll ever need!”

This is how Simplify 3D introduces its service. According to its creators, Simplify3D is an “integrated software solution”.  To many users, it is a slicer for 3D printing and it is way overpriced.

Now, is it only a slicer?  Ok, yes but it does some more.  The software allows you to optimize a model for 3D printing. Admittedly, it is pretty fast.  When compared to Cura, the time for slicing was much faster.

Now, what sets Simplify3D apart?  It has some pretty neat features:

  • A neat preview. Probably one of the most impressive features.  You can preview the entire printing process and even mover around in angles.  This is great to optimize and troubleshooting your models.
  • Intelligent support structures.  Automatically, the software creates intelligent support structures and gives you full control of the model.
  • Dual extrusion wizard.  This wizard makes configuring dual exclusion prints for two-color prints pretty easy.
  • Several printing modes. The software supports three modes when printing three objects simultaneously.

Is it worth the money?  The software starts at $150.  Sounds too much when you think of other software that is free. But it is probably pretty worth it given all the features and full control you have over your model.

Cura

“Ultimaker Cura prepares your model for 3D printing. For novices, it makes it easy to get great results. For experts, there are over 200 settings to adjust to your needs. And integration with major software platforms makes 3D printing even simpler.”

It so appears that Cura by Ultimaker is a great choice for beginners. The company was created under the name Cura by David Braam, who was later hired by Ultimaker to maintain the sofware.

If you buy an Ultimaker printer, you probably want to download this software.  You know, when you get a pair of the same company working for each other, you know you will be getting great results.

But not only beginners can benefit as more experienced users can also customize 200 settings to better personalize their models.  You can also print several things at the same time and each object will have different settings.

The software for Cura is open and completely free.  It provides the versatility of managing your own 3D printing flow and let you have the control of the entire process.

Slic3R

This G-Code generator for 3D printers brings it down to this:

“Slic3r is the tool you need to convert a 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.”

Well, cutting the model into horizontal slices is what pretty much all printers do. However, generating toolpaths and calculating amount of material extruded gives them a little edge.

Slic3r, a 3D slicing engine for 3D printers, generates 3 codes from 3D CAD files.  When the model is done it is sent to the printer for the manufacturing of the model.

Slic3r was created in 2011 within the RepRap community to provide the community with fast and reliable 3D printing.  Very importantly, too, it should be free.  The company is actually composed or based in a community of  people who work together thinking of ways to optimize the software.

Developers ensure that the software will always remain free.  Some interesting benefits that Slice3r offers are:

  • It is compatible.
  • Open and free software
  • Community-driven.
  • Pretty powerful
  • Modular

But what makes this software so great?  Probably the fist one is that it is free.  There is a community of developers working hard to make sure the software comes out better every time.

 

Linux VPS, Windows VPS, and More – How You Can Secure Your Online Life

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When it comes to passing your data from side to side, you can never be too safe these days.  Finding a safe encryption and a reliable server that keeps your data neat and unaltered seems like a not so cheap commodity.

Virtual private server hosts are the one option to enable you and your company to build a safe website that provides speed, reliability, and safety.  This is how you can secure your online life.  But VPS servers come in a variety of forms.  As with pretty much everything in your company, you make an educated choice based on your needs

What To Consider

Here are some things that you should take into account when selecting a VPS server:

  • Budget. VPS hosts do not come cheap.  Their prices and functionality go far from what you get from a free web hosting.  In the long run, you will see how the benefits outweigh the costs.
  • Management Needs.   Do you prefer a managed host or an unmanaged one?  A managed host means a higher price as you do not get to oversee it but the company does.  An unmanaged host provides more freedom but then you will need to hire someone to oversee the server.
  • RAM Requirements.  Basic websites require 512 MB of RAM to load quickly and smoothly.  But if the plan is to grow then you should move to 1 GB with a storage of at least 20 GB.
  • Growth.  Scalability is a concern for web developers as it obviously requires more space.  When hiring a VPS host, consider one that will be able to maintain the hosting when requirements rise up.
  • Customer Support.  It feels really nice when you pick up the phone to call customer service and you have a human answering right away.  Sometimes, issues require immediate solutions.  Assess if a VPS host can provide that kind of feedback.
  • Desired Configuration. The configuration of a server determines how well a website runs.  The server’s configuration involves capacity processors, RAM allocation, disk share, and the physical space for the server.

Linux VPS

If you want to have a better control over the things installed on the server that hosts your website, then Linux VPS is a great option.

In the case of Linux, the servers are shared with other users.  But, does this mean that someone can tamper with your site accidentally?   Absolutely not since each virtual server operates its own operating system that can be administered independently from each other.

If you seriously do not enjoy sharing a server with other users, you can get a dedicated server.  But this type of server also comes with a disadvantage.

Before you decide if Linux VPS is what you need, check out the following benefits:

  • Easy to use.
  • Improved reliability at a lower ownership cost.
  • Flexibility. This means, for example, the ability to remove and add applications pretty easily.
  • Ability to modify the environment of the VPS to meet your performance needs.

Some Linux VPS providers will not give you full root access.  Make sure you select one that does so that you are able to modify whatever you want.

Windows VPS

Windows VPS is fast, pretty scalable, and safe.  If you are envisioning a quick scalability, then this is the VPN host that you need.

There are a lot of services that provide VPS hosting for Windows.  This type of hosting provides preinstalled control panels for an easier site management.   The stability of services is guaranteed and servers are optimized to greatly reduce risks of security vulnerabilities.

You get direct access to the control panel to quickly optimize your website as soon as your server is installed.  Most Windows VPS hosts provide root access to all functionalities giving you the ability the add all the applications you want.

Given the large number of services that provide you with Windows VPS, check out which ones give you the functionality you need.  Focus on security, reliability, and root access.

Just like with Linux, consider every plan based not only on your present load but also on scalability.  Make sure your host is versatile enough to account for that in the near future.

Windows VPS, unlike Linux VPS, does not come for free and requires an operating license.

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