I have a small model I have been playing with that has word engraving on the outside. When certain letters, such as ‘e’, there are some small horizontal overhangs in the resulting model.
Because the model is pretty small, it seems Cura 5.3 doesn’t create any support at all, and in fact the slicing ends up inexplicably strange on some letters. I tried playing around with some of the advanced slicing parameters, but nothing seemed to improve it.
Then I decided to try out SuperSlicer just on a lark, and it performs much better. Not only is it wicked fast on slicing, the slices are far more accurate on the letters. And if I turn on supports, I get a nice set of supports for those little overhangs.
Recently, CNC kitchen put out a video on SuperPleccer, which is a PrusaSlicer fork, which is in turn a SuperSlicer fork. I decided to try it out, because it is supposed to have automatic arc overhang support, but it seems that on the very tiny detailed overhangs, it makes no difference in the slicing. However, what I also found is that the support structures generated by both SuperPleccer and PrusaSlicer are pretty bad. The supports are so close to the object that they bonded to it, and became almost impossible to remove without damaging the object itself. I tried using the “organic support” types, but that resulted in only one support for one overhang, leaving the others untouched.
SuperSlicer has just a single support type, on the other hand, but it works quite well on my model. The support structure gets created slightly farther away from the object, and so there is no adherance problem.
In summary, I’m finding SuperSlicer quite easy to use, fast, and produces nicer prints with easy to remove supports on my model, compared with the other slicers mentioned (Cura, PrusaSlicer, and SuperPleccer).
Note: I tried only the latest versions of these slicers.
Any other slicers to recommend trying?