You can’t find a slicer software to your Weistek Ideawerk Speed? Look no further. Use REALvision Online.
So you bought a Weistek Ideawerk Speed printer years ago and where most 3D printers broke after a few years, this one is still working very well. This printer was originally designed for education and high-speed printing and seems to resist time like a champ. It’s a low-cost printer and a good way to get hands-on for a newbie in 3D printing.
But… the software it comes with is fairly outdated, to say the least.
Or to be precise, in the case of the model WT280S, the software is not supported anymore.
Now you are wondering what software you could use to revive your 3D printer? But you can’t find the proper specs to create the standard config files or you might think maybe it’s not even possible because the firmware in the printer uses a special “.Fcode” file format for high-speed printing.
But then you are thinking – there has to be someone else out there with the same problem who has managed to find a good solution.
Stop thinking. I have good news for you. Create it REAL has been providing technology bricks to 3D printer manufacturers since 2009 and was involved in the early days in the success of the Weistek Ideawerk Speed. Therefore we have created a backward compatibility configuration in our REALvision Online slicer and in our REALvision Pro slicer.
You can now use REALvision Online to control your Weistek Ideawerk speed WT280S 3D printer. Just choose IdeaWerk-Speed from the printers list on realvisiononline.com.
Take this opportunity to renew your old printer and not only make it work but upgrade the printing results!
If you have bought a cheap desktop 3D printer like an FDM printer from Creality but you are not satisfied with the quality of the Creality slicer, then you are not the only one. Historically those printers were sold as kits for 3D printer enthusiasts developing 3D printers themselves such as the RepRap project. Today most 3D printer enthusiasts just want to spend time on printing and not on fixing the 3D printer. This is why slicing and the slicing software is a big part of the success of 3D printing.
In Fused Filament Deposition technology, also known as Fused Filament Fabrication, the spool of filament is the material used to build the 3D part by melting the plastic out of the nozzle of the 3D printer. The printer extrudes the filament line by line, layer by layer, by increasing the z-axis, and will build the 3D printed part.
STL files are three-dimensional geometries CAD files based on a list of triangles defining the wireframe or the outside shell of the 3D object geometry. There are two types of STL files: they can be ASCII or Binary. The binary STL file format is more size optimized (takes less byte size) while the Ascii STL file format is humanly readable (can be opened in a text editor) and defines the tessellation (list of triangles creating the 3D polygon). To define a triangle the STL file format is a list of triangles made from 3 vertex or 3D vectors. Of course, there are a lot of triangles and they are fairly small so those triangles next to each other define the meshes of your STL 3D print file.
|CAD / 3D CAD softwares|
CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design, it is the software part of CAD-CAM solution where you create your 3D designs or more precisely create your 3D models (actual 3D geometries). You can use beginner CAD software like Tinkercad, Google Sketchup, or more advanced CAD software like Autodesk Inventor, using Solidworks, 3DS, Autocad, or even parametric CAD design software like Openscad (script-based CAD software). All CAD software can export a CAD file under different file formats, but without a doubt, the most popular one is the STL file format.
Gcode files are the files used for 3D printing. There are two types of Gcode files they can be ASCII or Binary, the Ascii files have a bigger file size and are humanly readable, while binary files are not humanly readable. You can easily preview an Ascii Gcode instruction by opening it in a text editor. The file extension or file format is .gcode and is generated from a CAM software usually named a slicer.
|CAM / Slicer 3D printing software|
A CAM software in 3D printing is most commonly called a slicer. Slicers are used to create Gcode files. For beginner and intermediate users, you can use online slicers like the online slicer REALvision online; or for expert users, you can use slicers like REALvision Pro, Cura, Ultimaker Cura, Simplify 3D, Creality slicer or Slic3r. A slicer lets you manipulate the STL and then takes a planar cut or cross-section cut of your STL 3D design and automatically generates the movement instruction of your 3D printer (the toolpath) as well as all the repositioning and print strategy of the 3D printer. The filename generated from the slicer or CAM is called a GCODE file and the file format is a .gcode. You can usually simulate the 3D print result by looking at a slicer 3D viewer.
|A CAD-CAM solution is a combination of creating a 3D design, preparing the manufacturing of the part and ultimately automatically manufacturing the party using an FDM 3D printer or a 3D printing service (like Shapeways, 3Dwarehouse|
|3D printing Services|
To print 3D files you can use printing 3D files services such as Shapeways or Materialise. You can upload your STL files and they will ship your 3d prints to your home for a fee.
If you are not confident in designing your STL 3D files yourself you can download a lot of STL files for free on websites like Thingiverse or Cult 3D where there are thousands of free STL files to choose from.