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What is slicing in the 3D printing world

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What is slicing in the 3D printing world?

In the 3D printing world, slicing is when you literally 'slice' a 3D model into sequential horizontal lines. You are creating a 'recipe' for the 3D printer to follow, as 3D printers print layer by layer.


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When you download models from Cults3d or create models in Tinkercad, you will be given an STL or an OBJ file format. 


This is like the flour to your recipe, you import this STL file into your slicing software, and after slicing, you will receive your cookie, a GCODE file format.


The GCODE file is the tool path. This file format is then compatible with your 3D printer. 

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The print settings that you can adjust:


   - Quality

   - Walls

   - Top/bottom

   - Infill

   - Material

   - Speed

   - Travel

   - Cooling

   - Supports

   - Build plate adhesion


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