3D printing enthusiast rejoice, Slic3r version 1.0 is finally here

3D Printing would not be where it is today if it were not for Slic3r and its ability to cut 3D models into layers to print, and today, version 1.0 is here!

Published Mon, Mar 31 2014 3:17 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

It's been more than a year in the making, but Alessandro Ranellucci has finally released Slic3r 1.0 to the masses. For those not in the know, Slic3r is the default-slicing program that most 3D Printing enthusiast, such as myself, use to slice the 3D models we wish to print into manageable layers. Slicer also handles the hard-work of plotting the tool-path head, injecting control coding, and spitting it all out into machine-readable GCode. While there are other slicing programs out there, Slic3r is by far the most popular and feature rich.

3D printing enthusiast rejoice, Slic3r version 1.0 is finally here | TweakTown.com

Today Slic3r 1.0 stable has been released and it brings with it, a myriad of new features as well as support for a host of new printers and tool-heads. As always, Slic3r 1.0 is fully open source, and free to download, modify and distribute as you see fit, making it fully Libre / Open Source compliant. A lot has changed in Slicer 1.0 so I fully recommend that you read the user manual before jumping straight into use.

Slic3r 1.0 boast the following new features as well as many more.

  • Wide printer compatibility,
  • Fast G-code generation,
  • Command line and graphical interface,
  • Multiple extruder functionality,
  • Automatic generation of support material,
  • Open source code, open development,
  • Brim features for best adhesion,
  • Smart cooling strategies to improve prints,
  • Many input/output formats,
  • Easy, dependency-free downloads for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and
  • Microlayering to save time, increase accuracy.

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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