The open-source 3D printing slicer PrusaSlicer has been released in a first alpha version of the upcoming version 2.7. According to developer Prusa Research, the update brings new features like SVG support as well as improvements to the user interface.
One of the highlights is the ability to embed SVG files as engravings in 3D models. The feature complements the existing text engraving tool in PrusaSlicer. SVG files can now be projected and manipulated as well.
In addition, PrusaSlicer introduces a binary G-code format with the alpha version. The compressed encoding is said to reduce file sizes by up to 70 percent. The prerequisite is a firmware update on the original Prusa printers.
Other new features include support for G2/G3 commands, an editor for user-defined G-codes and improved arrange functions. Work has also been done on the user interface to make it more comfortable to use.
All changes can be read on GitHub. The download for the alpha version is also available there.