Pathio Special Features

Grouping

Group Slicing Settings

Pathio gives you an intuitive way to group your slicing settings for complicated projects. Slicing settings can be overridden for multiple groups of models so that each group prints exactly as desired. On top of that, each individual model can have its own settings as well, giving you full control over how everything is sliced. Simply click on a group or model in the Configure Tab to define slicing settings for it specifically.

3D-Offsetting

Pathio expands on the old idea of perimeters by creating shells. A shell includes the tops and bottoms of your prints as well as its perimeters. This means that there is a solid skin that bounds your print on all sides with uniform thickness. This is most noticeable on concave corners of your print, such as the little indent in the middle of Charpy. In an old slicer, that indent wouldn’t have had as thick of a solid bounding wall as the rest of the print. Pathio uses 3D Offsetting to create a shell all the way around that indent, improving its strength and appearance.

Traditional Charpy Traditional Charpy

Pathio Charpy Pathio Charpy (Note this is slightly exaggerated, and is based on your shell settings)

Shelving

Notice how on the left gif (which is GCode generated with Pathio) the tops of layers "grow" organically from the bottom up? Even though the perimeters visible on the outside of the print are vertical, the interior ones build with a slight slope to them. This is a feature of Pathio, and it’s similar to 3D-Offsetting mentioned above. This pattern of growing from a smaller base gives top layers better visual appearance than other slicers. On top of that growth pattern, the penultimate top layer extends further than the final one, meaning that the perimeters that grow on top of it have a solid base, and the final top layer’s corners are smooth.

Dot Supports

While still very much in development, we’re looking at ways to improve support algorithms. Our first idea was using dots of filament in the Z axis to make supports easier to remove. Stay tuned for more progress!