Z-SUITE is an application created specifically for Zortrax devices. The program prepares models for 3D printing by saving the projects in the .zcode/.zcodex format. Apart from that, Z-SUITE allows you to change and adjust the print settings, such as the size of the model, layer thickness, the type of infill or how many support structures will be generated. The following categories describe step by step all options of our software. The system requirements for Z-SUITE are listed below.

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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 (Vista/7/8/8.1/10) 64-bit / macOS Sierra
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 High Sierra
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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Navigation

Tabs

At any point of preparing a given model you can add a new tab and either begin working 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 and, most importantly, 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 M200 Plus printers 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 printer’s IP address and click on it to add the printer to the panel. You can also add a printer manually by typing its IP address.

Each added printer can easily be managed within Z-SUITE. You can start, stop, and pause the printing process, see the printer’s current state (Ready to Print / Printing / Paused / Offline), change the name of your printer, preview basic information about the printer, or display the preview from the printer’s camera.

Each time your added device finishes the printing process, you get a notification in the My Devices panel. The notification is displayed in the top right corner of the added printer’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 printer’s USB flash drive. The .zcodex files can be transferred directly to the printer over Wi-Fi.

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Step by Step

The whole process of preparing a model is divided into four individual steps: MODEL, ANALYSIS, 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 Delete
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 + 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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Adding a Model in the *.STL, *.OBJ, *.DXF or *.3MF Format

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Selecting / Adding / Deleting a Model

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Workspace View

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Moving a Model

Click the Move Model icon to change the model’s position on the X and Y axes in the workspace. Next, select the model and move it manually along the X or Y axis, or both axes simultaneously. You can also use the “+” or “-“ buttons to move the model by millimeters in the selected axis.

The Move Model option also allows you to change the model’s position on the Z axis and, for example, place several models on top of one another, while keeping an appropriate distance between them. To print several model this arrangement, you need to remember to generate proper support structures.

You can move your models by using the control grips marked red, blue and green.

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Scaling a Model

Select the Scale Model icon to resize the X, Y and Z dimensions of a model. You can change the parameters manually or by using the “+” and “-” buttons. Click the padlock icon to scale the model only in a selected axis. To make it easier, you can use the control grips (marked red, blue and green) – just click and hold one grip, and move your mouse to change the model’s dimensions.

You can acquire the desired dimensions of a model by typing the exact value in millimeters. Just click the “%” button to switch to “mm.” This option becomes useful whenever you want to change the height or width of the model and be sure of the precise measurements.

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Rotating a Model

With the Rotate Model option you can rotate the model in the in the X, Y and Z axes. To rotate the model, adjust the value in an appropriate field using the “+/-“ buttons. Additionally, this option allows you to change the models’ position by 45°. You can also rotate the model using the control grips marked red, blue and green.

The Place by face tool allows you to rotate the model so that the selected face of the model is placed on the platform’s surface.

There are also three mirror flips represented by the square symbols.

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Auto-Arranging Models

Click the Auto-Arrange Models icon to return to the model’s default position in the workspace.

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Splitting a Model

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Placing (multiple) Models

Upload two or more models to the workspace and click on the Auto-Arrange Models icon in the left menu bar.

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Copying and Deleting a Model

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Preparing to Print

Once you determine the model’s size, its position in the workspace and the amount of the support structures, you can change and adjust the Print settings. The Print settings menu is divided into Normal and Advanced settings. In this menu you can define all parameters influencing the model’s quality and durability, such as the layer thickness, the type and level of infill or the fan speed.

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Normal Print Settings

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Advanced Print Settings

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External Materials Settings

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Profiles

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Z-SUITE 2 allows you to create customized profiles which you can test and print with as many times as you wish. Once you choose the best settings for a given model, you can save your profile and store it in the program.
Use the Save option and name your profile. It will be included in the drop-down list.

There are also several ready-made profiles with default settings for different types of models. These profiles’ names indicate possible applications of models.

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Slicing a Model

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Calculating the Print Cost

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The print cost calculator in Z-SUITE 2 allows you to estimate the cost for an individual print. To calculate the print cost, simply type the cost of a single spool. Press the Calculate button to see what the total cost of the print will be.

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Model Analysis

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Support Adjustments

Editable Support

Apart from the automatic option, there is a manual support editing option which makes it possible to add and remove the support structures.

Manual support

There are three types of editable support which you can generate: EDGE, POINT, TRIANGLE. You are able to add the support along the edges of overhanging parts of your model (edge type) or at any selected place on your model (point type). With both these types you can also set the thickness of the added structure. The triangle type automatically adjusts the support to the chosen triangle on the surface of the model. Just select a place on your model (edge, point or triangle) and click on it to add the support.

Similarly, you can remove some of misplaced or redundant supports, even those generated automatically, all at once or individually.

There is one more option connected with the automatic support and the editable support, type FACE – Support Offset. This option enlarges the support structure, making it easier to remove. Support offset is useful when Z-SUITE generates the support in hard-to-reach areas, for example, holes and gaps.

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Smart Bridges

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If your model has small holes (max. 8mm) in its structure, it is advisable to enable the Smart Bridges option. These holes will be supported with special, easily removable “bridges.” Once you disable this option, small holes will have the regular type of support which may be hard to remove.

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Position and Print Quality

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Choosing your model’s orientation can highly influence its final look. By selecting the proper orientation, you can easily eliminate most defects that may appear on your print and, as a result, you can obtain a much smoother surface.

As your model is printed one layer after another, you may notice some imperfections on its external shape. Every layer sticks to the already dried previous layer, so when the two layers stick to each other and leave a visible mark on the surface.

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Weak Spots

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The way to avoid weak spots that may appear on the surface of your print in the process of printing is to change the position of your model. Weak spots may influence the model’s resistance. Placing the model vertically instead of horizontally may eliminate the problem of weak spots.

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Report

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Once you generate the .zcode/.zcodex, click on the report section to copy the content of the print settings report to the clipboard.

Z-SUITE 2 will save the print settings in a separate text file together with the .zcode/.zcodex.

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Preview

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