COMPLETE [GUIDE]Simplify3D Auto-Configure profile

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  1. potti5

    potti5 Well-Known Member

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    I dont know you others but i have been very difficult to see how those Simplify Auto-Configure profiles works and how to use them powefull. Today i decide to figure how those works and which settings it will be affect.

    Everyone can "easily"o_O check that like this
    Go to File -> export FFF profile -> save where you want
    Open that exported file to text editor.

    When you open it there is structure like this.
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <profile name="BBIDEX(3)" version="2018-03-25 10:47:13" app="S3D-Software 4.0.1">
    <baseProfile>Generic Dual Extrusion Profile</baseProfile>

    First there is all possible settings listed. Notice there is only possible settings. Not all what you possible have there saved.

    After those there will come overwrite settings. You can see line
    <autoConfigureMaterial name="PLA">
    Under this you can see all settings which you material "PLA" select will be overwrite.
    </autoConfigureMaterial>
    and second saved material
    <autoConfigureMaterial name="Colorfabb HT">
    Same on this "HT" select overwrite these settings.
    </autoConfigureMaterial>
    and so on.

    Next sextion is
    <autoConfigureExtruders name="Extruder 0 (left) only" allowedToolheads="1">
    Under this you see all extruder settings what will be overwrited when you select extruder profile.
    </autoConfigureExtruders>
    and second

    <autoConfigureExtruders name="Extruder 1 (right) only" allowedToolheads="1">
    ...
    </autoConfigureExtruders>
    and so on

    And last is quality settings
    <autoConfigureQuality name="0.10">
    ...
    </autoConfigureQuality>
    and so on


    But that is pretty messy to follow and try to see what change and what no.

    I try to do it little easier and made this pictures to me.

    AC0.png AC1.png AC2.png AC3.png AC4.png AC5.png AC6.png AC7.png AC8.png AC9.png AC10.png AC11.png
    I hope this help you too.

    Second problem. What if those profiles not change all settings what i wanted.
    Example. I want add in material profile Outline/Perimeter Shells settings like this.
    PLA material -> Layer -> 2 Outline/Perimeter Shells
    HT material -> Layer -> 4 Outline/Perimeter Shells
    and so on.

    This is possible ;)

    1. open exported .FFF file

    2. Find line <perimeterOutlines>3</perimeterOutlines> on the "all settings" area. Copy it

    3. Paste it to last line in every material on autoConfigurematerial settings area.
    (Before this quote </autoConfigureMaterial>)
    Remember add it in every material becouse if you dont add, software use last used settings for those with not have that line.

    4. Save it and import FFF file to simplify. (File->Import FFF profile)

    5. Select that imported Profile on process settings page

    5. And now you can change to every material different outline shells and profile remember it to next time.

    All other setting works same way. If you mess material and quality settings together, last loaded autoconfigure profile is significant.

    Allso if you want add new extruder autoconfigure you can copy paste one new autoConfigureExtruders setting and name it what you want. Now you have new selection on Auto-Configure Extruder dropdown menu.

    Is good to remember when you add new material or quality profile in simplify you have to add those extra line in to FFF file. If you have lot extra lines is probably easier just copy and paste new material in text editor.

    I hope this help and you can now to do perfect settings for you all materials and quality :)
     
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  2. gearmesh

    gearmesh Well-Known Member

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    Do the Red, Green and Blue boxes in the diagrams represent <baseProfile>. <autoConfigureMaterial name="x"> and <autoConfigureExtruders name> ?
     
  3. jfb

    jfb Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @potti5 - I'll play around with that...
     
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  4. potti5

    potti5 Well-Known Member

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    Red = autoConfigureMaterial
    Green = autoConfigureQuality
    Blue = autoConfigureExtruders

    all rest is baseProfile settings.
     
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  5. Paul Seccombe

    Paul Seccombe Well-Known Member

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    Excellent work!
    I've wanted to figure all of this out myself for some time. In many ways I prefer how Slic3r controls the profiles but this will help.
     
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  6. Ephemeris

    Ephemeris Well-Known Member

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    Aha! I wish that Simplify3D had your color coding!
     
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  7. MyMakibox

    MyMakibox Well-Known Member

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    This is very useful. Thank you potti5!
     
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  8. mhe

    mhe Well-Known Member

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    I still wonder why S3D does not allow to associate any setting to a material, then have some of them overridden by stuff like used nozzles and then just assign the material+nozzle combo to an extruder. This is one of the few areas where Slic3r is a bit better than S3D I think. Maintaining settings for materials inside the application is a bit cleaner.

    For S3D I started to have huge excel sheets keeping track of all these things as S3D is a bit illogical when it comes to what part of the settings file holds each value. Then some changed details don't get saved in the FFF profile even when you click update profile and even if that works, it might very well break with the next update.

    Don't get me wrong, S3D is still the best FDM slicer out there for our purposes but the settings retention is a huge downside of it currently.
     
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  9. potti5

    potti5 Well-Known Member

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    Thats so true. I dont like S3D much becouse of that but it is still only good choice when printing with more than one material or extruder.
     
  10. dc42

    dc42 Well-Known Member

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    S3D was my slicer of choice for two years, but it has always been very poor at supporting two or more printers of different types. So I am in the process of switching to Cura. Also, Cura has a plugin for direct file upload to a Duet.
     
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    mhe Well-Known Member

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    That's interesting to know, I haven't looked at Cura in ages. But probably I should...
     
  12. potti5

    potti5 Well-Known Member

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    I am also intrested cura and i try to configure it last weekend. There is a lot settings and many usefull but it some how confuse becouse most of setting is same and just sayed different way. Of course those can make invisible.

    There was also one thing what i did not find out... how i do startup scripts when i only print left head or right head or both head. There is only one startup script window and if i only print left or right head i have to send both head temps and then it heat up both head.

    Maybe have to try it again some day.
     

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