The Raise3D ideaMaker software is a slicing program that converts 3D files into printable designs.
A 3D model does not have the data needed to operate the machine, so processing the model through a slicing software will create a set of instructions for your printer to make the design.
When using ideaMaker you can import 3D models files (.stl, .obj, .3mf file formats), and specify specific printing settings through the software’s interface. Once you commit these selections, the software will automatically begin ‘slicing’ the model into the printable layers based on those settings.
The resulting G-code file type will be the set of instructions that your printer will use to print your design.
Features of ideaMaker
ideaMaker is a powerful, but easy to use slicing software that was specifically designed for the Raise3D line of 3D printers. Its high level of customization allows it to be compatible with several different 3rd party machines and materials – making it a very popular choice for many 3D printing users.
Most notably, the automatic presets in ideaMaker allow you to select a pre-made profile for your material and press print. This effortless process can get you to your final print in only 2 clicks.
ideaMaker is supported by several specialty filament manufacturers. A large range of high-quality materials has tested and approved ideaMaker templates on the Raise3D OFP (Open Filament Program).
When it comes to 3D printing, the machine will need a platform to place the material on. For designs that have overhanging features, there will need to be support structures added to support the model from below. In ideaMaker, supports can be added to the model directly in the program, and are highly customizable.
ideaMaker is always being updated to incorporate the latest features. One of the cutting-edge features is Adaptive Layer Height, which can adjust it’s printing specifications throughout the print to simultaneously maximize quality and minimize time.
ideaMaker is directly compatible with the RaiseCloud software, allowing you to create a custom workflow for streamlined printing and on-the-go monitoring.
And most impressively, ideaMaker is completely free. Download ideaMaker today at raise3d.com/ideamaker
Installation and Setup
1. To begin using ideaMaker, first visit raise3d.com/ideaMaker to download the latest version. Run the installation and follow the prompts on the screen to complete the installation.
2. When you launch ideaMaker for the first time, you will be asked to select your printer model and version. ideaMaker will remember these settings for future sessions. If you ever need to switch to a different printer type, click the “Printer” tab and select your printer from the “Current Type Of Printer” dropdown. Keep in mind that you will also be able to change the printer setting before slicing.
How to Print with ideaMaker
1. What is Basic Single Extrusion?
Single Extrusion printing is when you print with only one nozzle. If you have a dual extrusion machine, you can still print in single extrusion, and it is highly recommended to first print in single extrusion before attempting more advanced printing methods.
2. How do I import my 3D Model?
Open ideaMaker and import your 3D model using the “Add” icon in the top left menu. You can also drag and drop your file into the workspace.
*Remember that 3D models can be created in a variety of modeling software and may save in different file types. To ensure your model is compatible with ideaMaker, save your files as .STL, .OBJ, or .3MF formats.*
3. Camera View
Once your model is loaded it will appear in the software workspace. Inspect your model by clicking and dragging the workspace to view around the model. You can use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
If you need to reposition the view, you can also click and hold the center scroll button while moving the mouse to pan the workspace.
*Tip* If you do not have a center mouse button, in the “View” dropdown you can enable “Show Tips and Shortcuts”. In the bottom left corner of your screen, you will see the keyboard shortcuts for navigating the program view.
4. Support Structures
Inspect your model for any large overhangs. For unsupported overhangs, we will need to add supports. Click the “Support” icon in the top bar. A “Support Structures” menu will appear. Select the “Create Auto Supports” button to automatically add supports to the necessary areas.
For more advanced supports you can use this menu to customize your automatic placements and add manual supports if necessary.
5. Template Selection
Press the “Start” icon in the menu to open the preset slicing templates. In this new pop, verify that the selected printer information matches your printer model. In the “Filament” section of this menu, click the “Left Extruder” dropdown to see the available materials. (For single extrusion, the left extruder will be the primary default for printing)
*To print exclusively with the right nozzle, check out our Raise3D Quick Tech Tip discussing how to print with a specific nozzle
Select your desired material from this dropdown. If you are printing with the included PLA, you will also have the option of 4 different quality finishes. Select your template based on the desired outcome and click “Slice”.
For more advanced materials, you can also click the settings gear to add new material. For materials on our Open Filament Program, you can drag and drop the compatible templates into this menu to select, or create your own.
When slicing is completed, a new menu will appear. Select “Preview” to view your model as it would appear printed. If the model looks good, press “Export” to save the sliced files onto the included USB drive.
You can also upload the file to RaiseCloud, or directly to the printer if on the same network.
7. Initiate Print
To run your print file, insert the USB through one of the available USB ports on the touchscreen. Select the “Print” tab and open the “USB” icon to open the available file.
If the files were uploaded via a local network, navigate to the “local storage” folder for the file instead.
Select your file, and verify the information. When you’re ready to start, press “Print”
The printer will automatically heat up to the proper temperature and begin printing. Once your file is started, you are free to remove your USB.
Once you succeed with your first single extrusion print, you can begin to explore several advanced features for your machine.
To learn more about these popular advanced features, visit the Support Center guides below:
E2 Mirror and Duplication Mode
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