Dual Extrusion 3D Printing with Photoshop

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Hi there Photoshop Community!
I've just started using the 3D printing features of Photoshop and they've been very interesting to use. So far, I've gotten alright prints with my MakerBot Replicator 2 printing with PLA. My major question is how to properlly use the slicer for multiple colors. I've imported OBJ files from blender succesfully and mapped the appropriate textures. I've even manipulated the colors on the textures so that Photoshop slices the correct two colors (is there a way to manually select which two colors it seperates for each nozzle, by the way?).

My problem is that the print never goes as planned. It starts fine, but as soon as the first tool change, the printer starts doing a strange dragging motion, where it extrudes a little bit of fillament as it slowly moves the nozzle in from the right side of the print. By the time the nozzle gets to the point in the print where it should actually be printing, the nozzle has oozed all of it's fillament out onto the build plate, and there's none left to deposit on the print properlly. Also, this drag takes an increadibly long time. I sliced a print that was estimated at 8 Hours and it was only about 12% done by then.

Is there a way in the printer settings to remove this odd dragging motion? Alternatively, is there a way to export the two seperated models as stls post slice? I'd like to do the actual slicing with Simplify 3D, but it can't automatically slice up the file for dual extrusion printing like Photoshop can.

Thanks for your help!
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Gabriel Seltzer

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