Slicing is the process of turning your digital 3D model into instructions that your 3D printer can use to print an object. In MatterControl slicing is done on an 'as-needed' basis based on your current slicing settings. You can easily select one of the drop-down options for “Quality” or “Materials”. You can further modify your slice settings by selecting “Advanced”.
“Quality” and “Material” overrides are shown highlighted in Yellow and Orange respectively.
Values that have been further overridden from the standard setup are shown highlighted in Blue.
Depending on the slicing engine you have chosen, there are a myriad of options for configuration. Don't be overwhelmed, many of these settings are optional and are meant to provide fine-grained control of your prints.
Here is a breakdown of the most important settings:
- "Filament" > "Temperature": Separated into first layer/other layers, this setting will dependent on your material. If you find that your filament has trouble sticking to the bed, try setting the temperature a few degrees hotter for the first layer than the rest of the layers.
- "Print" > "Layer Height": Think of this as the speed versus quality setting, a lower layer height will have fewer visible layers, but take longer to print.
- "Support Material" > This option automatically builds a scaffold to support and steep overhangs that would not normally be possible.
- "Raft / Priming" > This option prints a large flat area under the part. Use this option to help with the printing of small parts or parts that have small complex support structures.
If you modify your slice settings while connected to a specific printer you have the option to "Save" or "Revert". Unsaved changes will still be used in your current prints, but not they will not be saved when the application is closed. When you 'Revert' the slice settings you restore them to the latest saved state.