I’m brand new to here, got invited by a message from a user on thing***se.
Some of my best new models are solids that I print with a few base layers and then a single fat perimeter, no top layers. To print on powders with laser bonding is a technique I’ve never had experience in setting up.
Here are some things I can easily do in Slicer, Cura or Mattercontrol:
Scale: all axis or individual axis.
Choose different fill styles including empty.
Choose number of perimeters and top and bottom layers.
To print a Vase for example, I have an openscad algorithm I wrote to skin a tubular solid with edge joined triangles according to formulae I insert to modify the radius and height in various mathematical patterns.
This produces a non simple model for anything above 1 layer high. It fails in slic3r, but Mattercontrol has no issues with it, I typically print 3 to 4 bottom layers and one fat perimeter. I get great adhesion and the model looks good, feels robust.
Sometimes I decide I want to scale a model, so I simply adjust the axis and reprint, no problem. This should be an option for customers on here, there will be interior decorators and architects, householders who want a quite precisely sized version of models on here.
Use of non solid fill styles is of great benefit on FDM printers as lighter parts may be made with similar strength and less volume of material. Jewelers will be doing this with gold as soon as it’s available.
Voronoi processing gives some of these advantages as a preprocessing step but not if we are still requiring the full unbroken skin.
Can pinshape provide any of these features and if so, as designers, how do we enable the options as preset and/or with ranges for customer selection?