Introduction to Voxelizer 2
Voxelizer 2 is software designed for multi-material and multi-workflow digital fabrication. It is made for use in 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting and thick paste extrusion all using a single pipeline.
In this short introduction we will take a quick look at what you can achieve with Voxelizer 2.
When you open Voxelizer for the first time the software you will see the Welcome splash screen.
Here you can choose your printer/machine (we keep adding new ones) and toolhead, which will also affect the specific workflow you will be using: 3D printing, CNC, Laser or thick paste extrusion.
In our example we will choose a 3D printing, single extrusion workflow. The principles are valid for the others also.
Once you have chosen your workflow you are in the "Scene Editor". Here you can import and set up your model by applying basic transformations like rotation and scaling.
If your mesh is damaged you can try to repair it under the mesh diagnostic tab.
A surface reconstruction algorithm is also provided. Keep in mind however that, thanks to voxelization, many possible defects of your mesh are “forgiven” and fixed automatically.
Voxelizer will automatically determine the optimal voxel size for your model, however you can also set it manually in the Voxel precision tab. Be aware that your setting for Voxel precision will affect both the speed of computation and the precision of the model.
Once you have set up your scene you will move to the Settings view. This is the core of Voxelizer, where you can benefit the most from the voxelization process.
Try one of the many filters to refine, repair and fix your mesh, or use them to achieve powerful visual results. One example of this would be applying a microstructure.
To fine tune your model you can go into the Voxelmap Transformations tab. Select the voxels directly with your mouse by dragging and pressing SHIFT (to add voxels), CTRL (to remove voxels) or 'q' to activate the sphere selection mode (use the mouse wheel to change the size of the sphere).
Once you have applied all the necessary transformations to your model, it is time to set it up for printing under the Printing Settings tab.
In order to make the generation of G-code easier for the user Voxelizer works with presets. You can either choose one of the already available presets or create your own.
In the Filament Settings you will find all the parameters necessary to achieve the best printing quality.
The Durability Settings are about the solidity and strength of your model: here you can choose the type and set the quality of your infill.
In the Support Settings you define the type and characteristics of your support. In Voxelizer 2 we have introduced two new kinds of support, the Tree Support and the Lattice Support. These provide many support possibilities. Give them a try.
If you want extra control over you print you can go to the Custom G-code panel and add specific commands for your printer.
When everything is set you can click NEXT and the G-code will be generated.
Under the Diagnostics tab you can inspect it and make sure that everything is as desired.
Now you can save your G-code and print your model!