Actually not. I already have Simplify3d. Yes, it's a paid program. Why did I buy it before I have ANY actual printing experience? I don't really have a good reason. I just did it.
I've already gone back and forth between SU and Simplyfy3D a few times - trying to make educated guesses on print time when I was planning on printing at a local community college's Fab Lab. Then I found this:
Dual extruder with automatic leveling option for under $400! Yes! Mine's on the way.
From what I've already tried, I'm not sure I'm going to need anything that Netfabb or Meshlab offers. My slicer has great support for controlling infill (with primary filament) and extensive separate control for supports - which can use the 2nd extruder. I'm planning on using mostly PLA filaments for my models, with water soluble PVA for support.
And yes - I know I've set myself up for a steep learning curve! Before I print my first part, I'm going to have to:
- Assemble the printer
- Calibrate the printer - and the profile settings in Simplify3d - for the filaments I intend to use
I don't expect either step to be either fast or easy, but I'll persist!