MakerWorld: A Guide to One-Step Printing
by Christian on Sep 22, 2023
MakerWorld sets itself apart with its one-step printing functionality integrated seamlessly into the Bambu Handy APP. Our team dedicated significant time and effort to refine every aspect of this feature. The primary goal was to eliminate technical hurdles, ensuring that 3D printing becomes easily accessible for a wider audience. In this article, we are excited to unveil the intricate workings of this pivotal feature.
How does one-step printing work?
The magic happens when various elements come together: the model from the creator, the print profile from the 3D printing expert, and the filament parameters from the vendors. All of these are united by our cloud-slicing service, a key component of our system. The end result is a G-Code that is tailored to the best community knowledge and sent directly to the printer.
Why do we encourage print profile(.3mf)?
Print profiles (.3mf) offer several advantages over STL and G-code files:
- Convenience: Print profiles can store all of the information needed to print a model, including print settings, orientation, arrangement, and coloring. This saves users the time and hassle of having to manually adjust these settings for each print, especially for complex projects.
- Flexibility: Print profiles are not specific to a particular printer, filament, or build plate. This gives users the flexibility to change their printer, filament, or build plate without having to create a new print profile.
- Editability: Print profiles are easy to edit and iterate. This allows users to fine-tune their print settings for optimal results.
G-code and STL files have their limitations. G-code files are specific to a particular printer, filament, and build plate. STL files lack slicing settings, leaving users to manually adjust them.
If you still prefer STL, MakerWorld provides the option to upload/download STL files.
Can print profiles potentially damage my printer?
No, your printer is well-protected. We are aware that if the printer and filament settings in a print profile are incorrect or malicious, they could cause problems such as overheating the printer or clogging the nozzle. MakerWorld protects your printer from this risk by NOT using the printer and filament settings in the uploaded print profile when cloud slicing. Instead, it re-slices the model based on the printer and filament type you select, using the official presets established in Bambu Studio or your own settings.
With cloud slicing and print profiles, MakerWorld offers a range of beneficial functions:
1.Effortless Printing of Multi-Part Models: Our system allows you to separate multi-part models into individual plates, making it convenient to print even from your mobile device. Also, by assigning same colored parts into one plate, we effectively reduce the filament waste from color switch. Marks are added to plates that have already been printed to prevent duplication. If any plates fail to print successfully, you can quickly reprint the selected ones. Additionally, assembly instructions can be accessed directly from Bambu Handy, eliminating the need for a computer.
2. Universal Compatibility with Bambu Studio's Print Profile(.3MF): A single Bambu Studio print profile can support multiple printers and plate types, eliminating the need for adjustments. For instance, if a user uploads a print profile for the Bambu X1 printer and Textured PEI Plate, another user can easily switch to different printers and plates. This compatibility is achieved through cloud slicing, which retains the key components (e.g. support/strength settings) of a print profile while adapting to the current printer, filament, and plate for each print task.
3. Simplified Filament Selection: When you don't have the same material as the print profile uploader, don't fret. You can choose a suitable substitute from your available materials. For instance, if the uploader used PETG, you can opt for PLA, ABS or any other material. Our cloud-slicing service adapts to the selected material parameters to ensure accurate printing.
Additionally, Bambu Handy supports custom material parameter presets created in Bambu Studio for optimal results.
4. Color Change Preview (Coming Soon): MakerWorld enables color switches and model previews. This feature provides a clear visualization of how your print will look with the selected colors. Moreover, the cloud slicing adjusts the filament purge amount to prevent color mixing based on your color choices.
5. Effortless Replication: For models requiring multiple copies, we've made it a breeze. Simply specify the desired number of print copies, and our cloud-slicing function will find the ideal placement for each copy.
In conclusion, MakerWorld's one-step printing with cloud slicing and print profiles redefines the 3D printing experience. With enhanced convenience, compatibility, and flexibility, we empower users to explore their creativity without the technical hurdles.
Join us in this exciting journey and unlock the world of limitless possibilities in 3D printing with MakerWorld.
Q1: Why does MakerWorld allow other users uploading print profiles to the designer's model?
It may bring in useful settings for a model. For example:
1.They may give a new color scheme to this model, or just paint it in Bambu Studio to make it from a single-color model to a multi-color model.
2. They add a print profile for a new printer type which they own and can verify it on the printer
3. They may add a print profile for a new nozzle diameter
4. They may add a print profile for a specific material, such as using Support PLA filament, in this way the support settings are different
Q2: A model can have multiple print profiles. How are they ranked? Which one should I choose?
The print profiles, categorized by the uploader, fall into three types:
A. Print profiles from the model creator.
B. Print profiles from the MakerWorld team.
C. Print profiles from other users.
In general, the ranking hierarchy is as follows: a > b > c. However, this ranking may also be adjusted based on user ratings and the number of successful prints associated with each profile.
When selecting an appropriate print profile, consider referring to the print profile ratings for quality. Additionally, take into account the characteristics of each profile, such as multi-color vs. single-color and the presence or absence of support structures.
Q3: How can non-Bambu printers enjoy the convenience of one-step printing?
Bambu Studio already supports over 40 non-Bambu printers, including Creality Ender 3, Prusa MK3, Anycubic i3 Mega S, Elegoo Neptune, and more. Bambu Studio will soon enable users to share their printer settings on MakerWorld, expanding support for a wider range of non-Bambu printers.
* The printer settings are made for default hardware setups, not for modified printers.