CAD is just the start of the 3D printing workflow. Modelling applications may be the birthplace of any part, but you always need software to process your part ready for 3D printing. Slicing, support generation, material toolpaths and scheduling tools, which bring your work to life. Choosing the best software for every step is essential if it’s going to work well together and help you achieve your goals.
Conversion and slicing utilities, alongside remote management suites, can make an enormous difference to the overall cost of a job. Whether swapping solids for mesh, setting appropriate layer heights or identifying where you need support material, they are not just handy assistants: they are vital to the efficient and timely production of any part, regardless of size or the printer you’re using.