When desktop 3D printing started, the slicer software was simple enough to be more or less limited to one task: slicing your 3D model into layers and converting that information into a toolpath that could be read by a 3D printer. . Today, technology has advanced so much that there are many varieties of this previously simple tool, users can choose one that has all the features needed for their applications.
Take BuildBee, for example. As a cloud-based slicer, it instantly offers an advantage over pure desktop options in that users can access saved files anywhere in the world at any time. You can use the Windows / Mac desktop app or a CloudDock (Raspberry Pi) to connect your printer and use a browser or the mobile app from the Google Play Store to use the platform securely wherever you are.
The ability to use BuildBee in the cloud and on a desktop demonstrates the overall flexible nature of the software. Aimed at all levels of users, from hobbyists to businesses, the slicer has a variety of features that cater to both new and advanced users. So, while it is possible to choose an object from a library and simply prepare a model for 3D printing on your phone, you can also perform model analysis to determine printability and perform automatic repair before printing. ‘perform a job.
Features range from the most basic, such as resizing and rotating a model, to more advanced combining and dividing (especially useful for 3D printing large objects into segments), as well as automatic arrangement on the build plate. Users can even upload SVGs or image files to create 3D printed lithophanes. A built-in height calibration wizard prints test lines to get a feel for the Z offset calibration. And while new users can get started with a library of 3D models to print, along with tutorials to guide them, experts can download a custom gCode to print using experimental settings.
While slicers like the Cura will have material profiles for specific printers, BuildBee is the first I’ve seen to develop internal presets for a specific model. types. This includes miniatures and mechanical parts, among others. In turn, usability is dramatically increased for novices and experts alike, with the latter group able to start with a preset and change it as needed.
BuildBee offers a variety of pricing plans, depending on the type of user. A free starter plan allows a printer and a user to store up to 20 models on their account. For US $ 6 per month, with a 30-day free trial, the Pro plan expands to five printers and 100 templates for one user, as well as personal queue and advanced template features.
The slicer supports a wide range of systems, such as Prusa, Creality, MakerBot, etc. Templates can be designed in Tinkercad, Fusion360 or MakeCode and saved directly to your BuildBee account. All of this can be easily demonstrated by visiting the BuildBee website, where an integrated version of the software is hosted.
There you can see how easy the tool is to use and how absolutely clean the interface is. This is no small feat, considering the connection to the cloud. Where one would expect a lot of jerking, you can find a very smooth user experience. Honestly, BuildBee in the cloud works more seamlessly than my Microsoft Word desktop, an interesting fact considering that the slicer can be used to prepare complex 3D files while my word processing software is only meant to type letters on. an empty page.
While BuildBee is relatively new to the slicer world, it packs a punch in terms of usability and richness of features. The team behind her has been in the industry for quite some time, having previously established the Me3D 3D printer distributor in Australia, and it shows in the professionalism of the platform. The startup already has more than 25,000 users worldwide and plans to continue developing new features, as the software evolves according to customer needs. Seeing what BuildBee has created so far, I’m excited to hear what’s coming next for the company.
For more information, visit BuildBee.com.