The Validate workflow

Evaluate part performance with the current print settings.

The Validate operation computes the performance of the printed part based on your use case and the current print settings and material.

The performance metrics are the maximum part deflection (displacement) and the minimum factor of safety. Validate typically takes between a few seconds and a few minutes to complete and is therefore useful for quickly understanding how a part will perform. In a matter of seconds you will know if your part is over-designed or under-designed.

Validate is an easy method for understanding the influence of individual print settings. For example, to see the influence of the wall count, simply run a Validation with Wall Count = X and then run a 2nd Validation with Wall Count = X + 1. Compare the computed results to gain insight into how influential the Wall Count print setting is.

Use Validate to find the best material for your application. Simply change the material, run Validate, and compare the performance to other materials. By virtually qualifying materials, you can find the best material before committing to purchasing it.

The general steps for Validate are:

  1. Open your slicer and import the part geometry.

  2. Select the material and adjust the print settings as desired.

  3. Select SmartSlice and define the use case by selecting the anchor and load surfaces and defining the load magnitude(s) and direction(s).

  4. Define the factor of safety and deflection requirements. Note that this step is optional for Validations, but is highly recommended for viewing the results.
  5. Click Validate and wait for the solution.

  6. Investigate the computed values for max deflection and minimum factor of safety. In addition, view the deformed shape and the failure regions using the buttons in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  7. If satisfied, proceed to slice and print the part.

  8. If unsatisfied, have SmartSlice automatically optimize the print settings or manually adjust the print settings and run Validate again.

See the Validate tutorial for an example.