Slicer software what does do?
Slicer software is the software that converts a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates tool paths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.
Payed vs Free(open source)
Some of the open source Software available will work just as good as the high-end Software. Long as open source software is set up proper! The pay Slicer software will of course come with more bells and whistles. For some one just getting into 3D Printing the dollar value can out weigh the frustration level with “setting up the software” them self’s. The software which comes with most ready to run 3D prints for the most part are fairly user-friendly.
Click the link at the bottom of each developer to find out more about each Slicer software
3D Modeling Tools
Listed below are the most common and widely used 3D modeling software. There are three main categories: CAD Tools, Freeform Modeling Tools and Sculpting Tools. Whereas the tools of each category can generate models suitable for 3D printing, the way the inputs are generated are different: CAD tools are largely based on using geometrical shapes to build models while Freeform modeling tools allow more freedom by allowing you to create freeform shapes. Sculpting tools are pretty much like using digital clay that you can push, pull, pinch and grab to form your models.
For easy reference we included information on User Level and Price, such that you can pick your software of choice based on your skills and budget.
The Bottom Line
There are still a large verity of software out there, if you know of some that we should feature Contact us. With that my friends i leave it up to you.