Simplify3D Version 4.1 Adds New Multi-Extrusion Capabilities, Process Customization, and More

 In General News, Software Updates

We are extremely excited to announce the launch of Simplify3D Version 4.1. This update will provide you with the control you need to tackle more complex projects, while also providing greater intelligence to streamline the preparation process and ensure high-quality results.

Multi-Material Capabilities

Simplify3D has been updated to take full advantage of multi-extruder hardware, with support for up to 6 materials printing simultaneously.  This provides greater freedom for applications such as color-mixing or customized material properties.  The software automatically manages material changes using a disposable prime pillar or ooze shield.  Both of these techniques have been updated in the latest release for increased stability and improved material separation.

Intelligent Toolpath Generation

As projects become more complex, users rely on intelligent software tools to streamline the print preparation process.  Version 4.1 introduces new collision avoidance logic that will automatically detect potential collisions during the build and alter the print strategy accordingly.  The release also includes a new bridging algorithm that can adjust the scanning direction for small gaps based on the model topology.  The software can also alter solid layers within a print to create a stronger bond with the outer “shell” of the model, increasing the Z-axis strength of the printed parts.

Multi-Part Sequences

New enhancements provide more options when printing multiple parts on a single build platform.  The software offers an improved ability to define completely independent settings for neighboring parts, allowing detailed customization between models.  The printing order can also be customized, specifying individual parts that should be completely printed one-at-a-time or groups of parts that should be printed simultaneously on the same layer.  Combined with the new multi-extrusion capabilities, this enables exciting new applications that provide users with greater control over the printing process.

Build File Generation

Simplify3D is known for its ability to process incredibly large or complex models with ease.  Version 4.1 includes numerous changes that extend these capabilities, allowing the software to deal with larger and more complex builds than ever before.  The new release also offers improved print time estimations by simulating the actual behavior of the printer control system for increased fidelity.  The post-processing scripting engine within the software was also improved, allowing for rapid modifications to the build files prior to export.

Many More Improvements

This post is only a small preview of everything that was added in Version 4.1. Click the link below to see a complete list of new features along with instructions on how to download the latest release!

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