He alerted me in an email to an important new feature in the latest update to the Cubify Client software. I'm as excited to see it as he was!
Previously, the only file types that we could upload into the Cubify Client were .CREATION and .STL files. We can now IMPORT a THIRD file type into the Cubify Client!! And, that is a .CUBE file.
|.CUBE File Type Added to IMPORT.
And, the importance of this is that, for the first time, we can visualize supports before we print them!
This is no small thing. Supports are sometimes a necessary thing in printing an object with our Cube. But, you already know how much I hate them and do my best to avoid needing supports if at all possible. Being able to see, beforehand, how supports might be generated, BEFORE printing, is going to be very helpful in making design AND LAYOUT decisions.
I've created an .STL file that demonstrates why I say this.
|Design & Layout Comparison Drawing
The above image shows essentially the same FUNCTIONAL part in two different design configurations and two different print orientations. The only difference between the parts is that in one, the notch has a flat cut and in the other the notch is rounded. Each of these two designs has been flipped upside down so that the notch is pointing up.
|STL Import View
Previously, all we had was the view of the part in its pristine form. Just as the .STL or .CREATION was designed. This tells us NOTHING about the final print when it comes to either needing supports or how those supports will be printed. That all changes with Version 1.0.24 of the Cubify Client.
|.Cube File View
If we create a .Cube file and then load it into the Cubify Client, we now see the parts in two different colors. The YELLOW represents the part and the RED represents the support materials. We can instantly see that both design and orientation make a difference when it comes to needing supports.
|Flat Notch vs. Rounded Notch
Let's first compare the DESIGN decision to use a FLAT notch vs. a ROUNDED notch. Notice how must more dense the support material is in the FLAT notch. The ROUNDED notch still requires some support; but, it is less dense, which should make it easier and cleaner to remove.
But, the real difference comes in using a different orientation!
|Orientation Support Comparison
Notice that it does not matter how we designed the notch if we flip the part upside down to print it. Neither design needs support in the notch area. The only potential need for support is at the side holes.
|Side Hole Support
I hope you can see how useful this new feature is going to be to save you (1) material, (2) time and (3) aggravation. :)