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Questions about various 3D printing file formats.

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I was updating my firmware for my 400XL kit for Ender 3 Pro and got an original firmware from the Creality website, but VSCode couldn't read it

Basically, I got the XL I installed the kit I downloaded the firmware from the Marlin GitHub page (Version 1.1.9 for Ender 3 Pro v2) I put it in VSCode but it says that it is not binary or uses ...
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Chitubox .cbddlp vs .ctb file formats - what's the difference?

Is there some advantage to using either .cbddlp or .ctb? What's the practical difference between the two?
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Is it possible to export a model from TinkerCad.com, reimport it, and edit it again as a grouped collection of individual parts?

I have this model, for instance, made in www.TinkerCad.com. It is made up of a bunch of grouped objects. I'd like to be able to back it up by saving it locally, then reimport it and ungroup those ...
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What is the largest file (in terms of storage space\mb) that can be printed on an Elegoo Saturn?

In terms of Mb, rather than volume, what is the largest file size that the Elegoo Saturn 3D printer is capable of handling in a single print? How is this limit determined, for example, is it due to a ...
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Building a program to convert LiDAR data directly to an STL or directly to G-code

Some people have figured out how to take raw LiDAR data and after going through multiple steps (using LAS tools, converting to digital elevation model (DEM), converting to an STL) getting an STL file ...
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Can 3D printer models be used in video game engines and vs versa?

If someone creates a 3D model of a character for 3D printing can I import that model into Unreal engine or Unity 3D for use in a video game? Also is the inverse true? Can I get 3D model of Mario and ...
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DRM or license management solution for 3D printing

Is there any DRM or license management solution for 3D printing? I'm looking for something, that would help me limit the number of prints someone can make from my projects. Basically, I would like to ...
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How do I compress 3D files

I'm trying to compress different 3D files, but find it difficult to find the right software to compress the file. What are the most suitable 3D file compressors to compress 3D files like STL, OBJ and ...
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.STEP/.F3D to .SCAD file?

I work with Fusion360 for designing lots of things. Recently I learned how to work with parameters that I can easily modify all at once, allowing to pretty much make easily customizable pieces. Now, ...
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Does the Elegoo Mars printer support additional file formats?

I recently bought an Elegoo Mars 3D printer. Generally speaking, I'm quite happy with it. But, I don't care for the slicing software, Chitubox. Does the Elegoo Mars support other 3D file formats? I ...
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Converting an undirected graph to optimal G-code paths

I am developing an image to gcode program, that would recognize edges and generate corresponding G-code to be sent to a plotter. I was able to detect edges using the Sobel operator; then the edges are ...
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How can I convert STL files into PDF drawings?

Does anyone know of an easy and free way to convert my STL models to a PDF drawing for CAD and metal CNC machining? I've created some great designs that are all STL files and want to somehow send ...
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Converting .nii file to .stl file

I'm trying to convert a .nii file to a .stl file using this tutorial. Since my computer runs Windows, I'm running FreeSurfer (Linux) on VirtualBox. I was unable to allow Guest Additions, so I ...
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How to print a voxel object?

I recently downloaded Magicavoxel to give this voxel thing a try, and I was curious if there was a way to turn the voxel files into a file for printing? Magicavoxel doesn't seem to offer a way to ...
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What are the most common 3D printing file formats?

What are the most common 3D printing file formats, and which one is more effective or used more than others?
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How can I rotate a 3D model to be parallel with the build plate?

I have an STL that has a flat surface which should contact the build place when 3D printing. The model has an unknown rotation. How can I rotate the 3D model to be flush with the build plate? I am ...
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Outputting an STL file that contains multiple objects for import into Blender

I want to print a object that looks like a flat board with a set of matchbox-like lumps on top of it. I have written a script that outputs an STL file. To keep the script simple, it creates an object ...
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Is it possible to convert a Las /Laz file into an STL or OBJ file?

I would like to know if there is any tool/library (preferably python based) that could be used in parsing a Laz file to extract info that is normally found in 3d object files such as vertices. Which ...
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Layman term explanation of the difference between voxel and point cloud

can anyone explain in the simplest terms please what is the difference between a point cloud and a voxel mesh?
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How does a SolidWorks file get converted to be 3D printed? [closed]

I've done some research on this matter however I cannot find any clear answers. How does a SolidWorks CAD file get 'converted' into a file format suitable for 3D printing, in detail?
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File from Blender is different in Shapeways's preview

I am trying to print a model I designed in Blender on Shapeways. The object has a hole in it: But when I upload it to Shapeways as a STL file, fixed the sizes, but the hole is filled up in the ...
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Conversion of DICOM files to STL files

Good morning everyone, I am developing a consulting job in a clinic of dental CT scans. This work involves the development of administrative software, and preparing a routine for conversion of ...
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How can I export a Materialise Magics Project as a STL file?

I created a new project in Materialise Magics, added a few parts (different STLs), moved them around in certain positions and now I want to export this project into another STL, containing my recent ...
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How to open .max files

I'm new to this forum. I need help opening a .max file a friend sent me. The thing is, I dont have Alias Maya. Well, Alias Maya that works anyway. Is there any other file openers that I can use? Or ...
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Is there a way to convert a file to .dwg?

I can download a file from Tinkercad as any of these: .STL .OBJ .X3D .VRML Is there a way to convert any of those file types to .DWG?
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How to print LiDAR file format LAS

I want to print a model that I acquired in the LiDAR file format LAS. I don't have a printer but I'm planning to send a model to one of those shops who print for you. What do I need to do beforehand ...
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Convert G-code to SVG

This question is a bit of an edge case for what 3D Printing SE covers, but it has to do with topics most closely related to 3D printing. I've found a plethora of ways to convert SVG (vector graphics) ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Our library system just put a 3D printer in one of the branches. I have used SketchUp on the library computers for a number of years just to do artsy things. Suddenly, I have the opportunity to ...
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