thank you very much for commenting on this topic.
First of all, I fully agree with the Tiertime idea to have a printer which just works out of the box for any kind of user.
And it is a fact that UP! printers do this on a very high level.
I do own many 3D printer (5 x self build, 3D-Systems old and new Cube, Form-1 and of course 2 UP! printer) so you can take it as a compliment.
Whenever somebody asks me how to start with 3D printing I answer with a simple choice:
a) Do you want a hardware / software / electronics challenge and a build a machine yourself? Then go and build a RepRap
b) Do you just want your first 3D printer and print 3D objects? Go and buy an UP! They have best price / value / ease to use (BY FAR!).
Now back to Modding Topic,
I love my UP mini for one more reason: Compared to a RepRap printer it just is more suitable to stand on my desk in office.
The only thing I want for myself is to have more options to achieve better print quality for my parts.
BTW: Jason is right, that having a Slicer with hundreds of options does not mean that you can print better automatically. In reality It means you can spend a lot of time with all the parameters to find best working parameter for your current model. So only if you have the patience to tune your print having this options is valuable.
Short answer: For me it is important
I can achieve much much better print results in case I can tune parameters for anything myself.
Not just a "claim", It's real, done it myself, FDM-3D print, PLA, 0.05 Layer Height, 0.2 Nozzle, 100 layers (==> 2mm model height): http://stohn.de/3d/index.php/2013/05/14 ... ltra-tiny/
And since you asked for it, here a list of desperately needed (asked many times) features the UP standard software is missing:
- pre heat (some minutes) BEFORE print (just like the not so useful option to heat after print in the software)
- possibility to set temperature (I was able to print many kind of different material like PET, Ninja-Flex, ... after using my temp mod)
- preview before print to inspect the model and the SUPPORT (just like ModelWizard is showing the preview)
- different nozzle sizes
(some others might add more)
The missing features mentioned above are my main motivation to create this transcoder. Personally I have no preference to use any other slicer. Just the missing essential features are my problem.
Personally I want to thank Tiertime, to allow us to discuss all of this freely directly inside of their forums. THANKS FOR THIS.