6. Cost Estimation of Build Platform
The previous version of the SLM Build Processor already allowed you to estimate the build time based on your STL data. Now, you can also quickly calculate your building costs both in an STL-based and vector-based way.
The advantage of the STL-based one is that you immediately get a result, so you can generate a quote before processing the entire part. Since the calculation was performed at the beginning of the process, the slicing and hatching can’t always be accurate, so it’s a rough estimation. The vector-based way is more accurate, since it includes the hatching and slicing information, but it takes more time before you can get the results.