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  • Smoothing

    I had an interesting email from All3DP today about using the 'Subdivision Surface Modifier' in Blender.

    I loaded the Lola T163 file kindly sent to me today and tried smoothing the's a RAM hungry process and if you try to push the process to far Blender crashes. After half a dozen attempts/crashes I managed to save a smoothed file.

    I also had the same original file smoothed in much simpler fashion in 3D Builder...also a slow process but not crash-prone like Blender. I saved that file also.

    Then I opened these two files with the original file in Qidi Print (Qidi's rehashed Cura to you and me) to compare the three:

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Name:	Smoothers.png
Views:	228
Size:	1.05 MB
ID:	75612

    From left to right: Original file, Blender smooth, 3D Builder smooth.
    ...I think 3D Builder did the best job.
    Kevan - Isle of Man
    Life is like a box of Slot cars...🚓🚗🚚🚜

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    Very interesting, Kevan. I have some inkling that the QidiPrint software or printer firmware has some interpolation or anti-aliasing or something built in. Racer1h and I can print exactly the same file and his Qidi is smoother than my Ender. It's not a lot.....both printers make a good body when tuned....but the Qidi has some magic somewhere in there.

    But smoothing in 3D builder is pretty powerful, obviously. Hopefully the prints look good too!
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    • Kevan
      Kevan commented
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      It makes the .stl file HUGE compared to the original...but should save a few hours post process work