FUSION3 3D PRINTERS:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many PC’s can I install a REACTOR license on?
What slicer software does Fusion3 bundle with its 3D printers?
What are the steps to print my CAD file on the Fusion3 EDGE?
The workflow for printing with the Fusion3 EDGE 3D Printer is very simple.
- Export your CAD file to your hard drive in .STL or .OBJ format
- Open that file using the supplied REACTOR 3D Printing Software
- In REACTOR, import your file and align it on the print bed to the optimal placement (usually to minimize the amount of support structures)
- Select your EDGE 3D Printer print head size installed, and material you wish to print
- Clicking on the ‘gear’, modify any other part settings including the percent infill
- Select ‘PREPARE’ and save the file to your hard drive
- Copy that file onto your EDGE 3D printer, either via USB drive or via web browser to your EDGE 3D printer’s onboard storage
- Prepare the print bed with adhesive
- Load your filament into the printer
- From the printer control panel or web interface, start your print
Is REACTOR ‘Open-Source’?
REACTOR has all the features that you would expect in a traditional 3D printing slicer plus several unique features specific to Fusion3’s 3D printers.
What operating systems does REACTOR support?
How can I purchase an additional license for REACTOR?
The REACTOR End User License Agreement allows for 1 License to be installed on up 2 PCs. You can add additional licenses to your 3D printer purchase at that time. If you wish to purchase additional copies / additional licenses of REACTOR after your 3D printer purchase, you can do so at the Fusion3 Replacement Parts Store at https://store.fusion3design.com.
Can REACTOR be used with other 3D printers?
Does Fusion3 provide default settings (material profiles) for use with REACTOR?
What if I order a new printer and want it to come with Simplify3D instead?
Does Fusion3 support other slicers besides REACTOR and the legacy Simplify3D?
We understand that customers may have a personal preference and wish to use different slicing software. However, Fusion3 only supports REACTOR (and legacy support for Simplify3D) for a number of reasons including:
- Generates excellent print output
- Has a robust set of features, competitive with peer software, and meets customer expectations
- Commercial software (not open-source
- Can provide features our customers require (meets security needs, customizable to work with our platforms)
Also, we are unable to provide additional support outside of these slicers due to the work to create material profiles. Each slicer has its own way to handle the physics of 3D printer motion and material deposition. The tuning necessary for 3D printing and each material is substantial and the creation of new profiles for each material, for a new slicer software, creates an exponential increase in the amount of work and cost.
The material profiles are an integral part of our technical support by eliminating a large % of variables from the 3D printing process. If the customer had to create these profiles on their own, it could have a large impact both on print quality and our ability to provide any support to the customer.
Please note, that using REACTOR (and/or Simplify3D) is key to ensure that you are in compliance with the Fusion3 warranty. Damage caused by commands from a different slicer will likely not be covered.
Why is REACTOR a locally installed software application instead of a ‘web’ or ‘cloud’ application?
What is slicer software? Why is it needed?
What file types can REACTOR process?
Does REACTOR create support structures?
Does REACTOR provide an estimate for how long it will take to print my part?
Can you edit models in REACTOR?
Can you print multiple parts using REACTOR?
Can you control the printer using REACTOR on a desktop/laptop?
What if I have a suggestion for a new feature (or find a feature missing) in REACTOR?
We welcome your feedback and suggestions!
Your input is vital to our ability to update and improve REACTOR. We anticipate making regular updates to REACTOR to ensure a stable and continually improving product.