Z-SUITE is an application created specifically for Zortrax devices. The program prepares models for 3D printing by saving projects in the .zcode/.zcodex format. Apart from that, Z-SUITE allows you to change and adjust print settings, such as the size of the model, layer thickness, the type of infill or how many support structures will be generated. The Z-SUITE 2 manual is divided into several parts which are available at: Working with Models, Print Preparation, Support Adjustments, Tips & Tricks. This part describes the basic options and shows how to navigate through the program.

Z-SUITE 2 requirements:

Minimum system requirements:
Central Processing Unit Intel / AMD (2,0+ GHz)
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Series GT2+ Tier / AMD APU A4
RAM Memory 4GB
Operating System Windows (7/8/8.1/10) 64-bit / macOS up to 10.14 (Mojave)
Recommended system requirements:
Central Processing Unit Intel i3-i7 or equivalent AMD (3,0+ GHz)
Graphics Processing Unit GeForce GT 730+ / AMD R7 series+
RAM Memory 8GB+
Operating System Windows (7/8.1/10) 64-bit / macOS up to 10.14 (Mojave)
Supported File Formats*
.STL, .OBJ, .3MF**, .DXF**

*In the case of computers that do not comply with the hardware requirements, problems can occur when loading models over 100-150MB 
**Some models may not be correctly read because of the limits of this file format

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Welcome Screen

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Preferences Menu

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Navigation

Adding an External LCD Printer

Go to the EXTERNAL LCD PRINTERS tab on the right side of the welcome screen and select Add external LCD Printer.

In the pop-up window, enter the following information:
Printer name,
Printing volume (X, Y, Z),
Horizontal resolution,
Vertical resolution,
File format.

Accept the parameters with the OK button. The added printer will appear on the list.

NOTE: Some Z-SUITE options may not be available when preparing a model for an external resin printer.

Tabs

At any point of preparing a model you can add a new tab and either start work on a completely different project or try other print settings for the same model. As with any website browser, you can add a tab by clicking the “+” icon next to the already open tab.

It’s easy to switch between multiple tabs. They function independently so it’s possible for you to work with several 3D printers at the same time.

My Devices Panel

The My Devices panel allows you to work with one or more Zortrax device (M Series Plus and Inkspire printers, or Zortrax Apoller) that are connected to the local network (using either Wi-Fi or the Ethernet cable).

Once you open this tab, you can search for devices available in the local network and add them to the program’s panel. Select the icon with your devices’s IP address and click on it to add the device to the panel. You can also add a device manually by typing its IP address.

Each added device can easily be managed within Z-SUITE. You can start, stop, and pause the printing process (M Series Plus), see the device’s current state, change the name of your device, preview basic information about the device, or display the preview from the printer’s camera (M Series Plus).

Each time your added device finishes the printing or smoothing process, you get a notification in the panel. The notification is displayed in the top right corner of the device’s icon (blue question mark) and on the bar with tabs (red circle).

In the 3D Printer Files tab, you can preview all .zcodex files that are stored on the USB flash drive. The .zcodex files can be directly transferred from the computer to the printer over Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable.

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Step by Step

The whole process of preparing a model is divided into four individual steps: MODEL, PRINT SETTINGS, SUPPORT and PREVIEW.

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Keyboard shortcuts

This section lists keyboard shortcuts which you can use with Z-SUITE 2 to make your work easier and faster:

Left mouse button (pressed) Camera rotate
Right mouse button (pressed) Move view
Middle mouse button (pressed) Zoom
Mouse wheel up Zoom
Mouse wheel down Unzoom
CTRL + SHIFT + NUM 0 Fit to all
CTRL + NUM 0 Fit to selected
CTRL + S Save
CTRL + I Import
CTRL + C Copy
CTRL + V Paste
DEL/BACKSPACE Delete
ESC Close tool box
CTRL + N New Project
CTRL + O Open Project
CTRL + U Open zcode
CTRL + A Select all
CTRL + Q Selected objects
CTRL + W Move
CTRL + E Scale
CTRL + R Rotate
CTRL + L Rotation Optimization
CTRL + H Center all
CTRL + T Split
CTRL + Z Undo
CTRL + Y Redo
CTRL + NUM 8 Top
CTRL + NUM 4 Left
CTRL + NUM 5 Front
CTRL + NUM 6 Right
CTRL + NUM 2 Bottom

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