Previewing 3D Print Ready Gcoded designs using the PrintUP 3D Printing Software (Part 2)

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After we gave generated a Gcode for our design at hand, we are able to preview that design more accurately.

Part of the Preview feature is to be able to isolate key processes of the Gcode job to see how the process will go.

This video is part of a Mini-Series.
Previous video covered Slice and Save.

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Video Transcript

Alright, guys, In this next video, we're gonna be looking at the preview feature found under the Finalising toolbar and this will be within the print up software. But before that, let's have a quick intro first. So today's video can be found on And we make short and easy to watch problem solving videos, and we also have daily updates. Otherwise, we're head back to the programme here. So now, like I mentioned today, we're gonna be looking at the preview feature or, um, our actual, uh I can say printing and that. So we've got it over here under our finalising toolbar, You can see at the moment it's greyed out, and that is because we have not generated a G code yet. So, like I said in the previous video to do that, make sure after you've set up all your things, we hit the slice for load for us. And now we can preview. Now if we go in here, um, as you can see, I'm gonna make this full screen. We have a few different options to look at, So the actual 3D navigation is very similar to the rest. So all the same controls. It's just slightly higher detail so we can see the layers of what's happening and even inside layers of the base, how high it is with our actual step as well. So it's nice if you want to get a good idea of what's happening and you can even see the floor base, which is normally added, um, for extra support. Now, in this option, we've got a few things here on the top of the left. We have our basic, um, estimate of how long it's gonna take. So we're gonna see time, hours, 04 minutes and 15 seconds, and then we've got cut the filament as well in millimetres, then under that, we've got some shortcuts. So we've covered this in our basic, uh, navigation. So you guys can just make sure you go check that out, and then what we have under that we have a few more options, which we'll look at now. But first on the right here, we've got our layers. So if I zoom in, we can see over there on top. It says we've got 24 layers and at the bottom here it doesn't say, but this is the kind of this bar previews the current layer. So if I zoom here and then we take this bar on the right and we drag it down, you can see slowly the layers go lower and lower and lower, so we can kind of see the process of from the ground up going up what the process is gonna look like. And if you're on a layer, you can grab this bottom bar, drag it to the left and right, and it will show you the process of that layer. So how many steps is in it? So, as you can see there, it's pretty handy. We go back to the top now also, if you were working with multiple, um, layers in the sense of the colour so you can see here in the preview mode in the normal mode, you cannot see it. But in the preview mode, you can see here one layer, then we've got another colour layer and then the next layer. So this is where you're gonna be previewing that if you set it up. Now, if you want to change that, we can always go here to the settings on the bottom. Then we've got the extruder colour or we've got the structure. If we click structure, we can see the structure of the actual, um uh, printing. So it's pretty similar. It's just Everything is red now and more spacing so you can see what's happening between it. We also have some travel time and all of that for the current, um, design. So I'm gonna go back to EXTRUDER colour. Then we have another option next to there called only current layer. And what that will do is only show the current active layer. So you can see here if we go down and nicely isolate the current layer if we want to problem solve or something on that line so you can do that as well. I'm gonna put that off. Then we've got your also show retraction. So sorry. Let me fix my zoom again. Click that and now we can see all the retraction points, which is nice. So if you wanna do that, you can do that as well. And then we've got the last one year show travel move, which, um, it's kind of like it will show you the um, way that thing is gonna be travelling, so I'll put that on the right to the bottom. You can see here on the bottom, left it comes in. Then what? It's gonna hit to a circle and then eventually come back all the points. There's quite a lot of points on this letter, and then as it goes up, it will update as well. So you can kind of see where's the travel time and where the travel. Um, move. But yeah, otherwise, that is it. On the preview, it's very handy. You can use it a lot to refine and make sure everything is right. Because once we close this, you can see we can no longer see those layers and the fine detail of the step and grid. But yeah, otherwise, that is it. On the actual preview feature, it's handy you're gonna use it a lot. But yeah, that is, um uh, it's something to get used to, but you'll get used to it. I think pretty quickly otherwise. 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