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How can I create PNG image files from STL files?

I need to add some simple image renders of STL files to a document. I currently open the STL files in Preview or one of the slicers and grab a screen shot. Is there an easier or automatic way to ...
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Only generate supports between object and bed (for a brain model)

I would like to print a model of my brain (figure 1), it requires supports (figure 2). The supports also get generated between the brain folds/wrinkles of the brain by Slic3r. I only want the supports ...
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Adding extra Z-offset to bed for PETG in Slic3r

Having printed exclusively in PLA for the past year, I'm now looking at trying out PETG in order to print a set of spare parts for my new Prusa i3 mk3. I have bought a roll of PETG from Rigid.ink and ...
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How to determine real printing speed (TEVO Tarantula/Cura)?

Recently I noticed that Cura always is giving me less printing time than the print itself takes on my TEVO Tarantula with Marlin firmware. The time difference is about 15 %, at requested 50 ...
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Which 3D design softwares make multi-material amf or other design files that slic3r will slice?

I'm looking for suggestions for 3D design software which support designing multi-material parts. I will be printing on a multi-extruder machine based on RepRap firmware. The printer will handle the ...
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Over-hangs in prints

I would like to ask this in more of a general sense than anything, just for people to make note. I am printing out things for people and some files have some edges hanging out the side. I always ...
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Supports for dense Voronoi pieces

I have printed 1 voronoi piece before. I was able to get the supports that were inside the structure out with tweezers because the holes were big enough. This one (pic below) I do not think I can do ...
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Combing and Coasting

Here is my understanding of Coasting: Coasting stops extruding early in a move so that the string itself will finish the layer. Here is my understanding of Combing: Combing reduces the need to ...
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Using KISSlicer from command line on Linux?

Is there a way to use KISSlicer from the Linux command line? Or convert KISSlicer settings/profile to Slic3r/CuraEngine?
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Fusion 360 M3D Slicer

I have created a design with fusion 360. I tried to print it with my M3D Pro printer but it seems the designs have a flaw. If I try to print the bottom part, the second layer is wrong. It seems to ...
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How to increase the printing quality when using abs (slicer config)?

I have checked several different sites giving different configurations for the slicer. Let's say that the average extruder temperature is 230°C. I know that the complexity of the object matters a lot ...
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My print did not turn out as I expected. Where can I start troubleshooting?

I am trying to modify this thing. It's prints OK, but there are some design choices I don't like, so, since the previous makers uploaded their source files, I tried my hand at Sketchup. My latest ...
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Slicing adds holes/cracks to my object

I recently got started in 3D printing but here's an issue I can't seem to find a solution for (I don't know what exactly to look for). Here's what I did: I used InkScape to convert an emoji in to a ...
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Layer height issues creating partial top layer

Cura is slicing my object (a gear with text) with a partial top layer, and I believe it has to do with layer height and rounding issues. I have been able to solve this at specific heights 10-14mm ...
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commandline remeshing and simplifying tools

I'm currently trying to remesh and simplify some protein structure models (very large) to reduce the file size of the STLs I need to print from. The raw file before manipulation is ~4.9GB. I'm ...
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How do I convert point cloud data to DICOM?

How can I convert 3D point cloud data to DICOM format (specifying slice width) or an equally scrollable sharp 2D image format? Which software (preferably opensource or free) can I use to do this? I'...
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How is the print time of an object to be printed estimated?

I am curious about the algorithm/principles behind the estimates that the slicing softwares provide. Is there a standard technique behind this and how accurate is it ?
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How to print a two color part with only one extruder

I'm planning my first project. I want to print an iPhone case with a flush letter on the back, but I want the letter in a different color (single extruder printer). The thing is the two colors will be ...
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Why is the bottom of my part not smooth

I printed Planetary Gears and the top looks great but the bottom doesn't I am printing on a TronXY X3 (Prusa i3 metal frame clone) using eSun PLA+ and sliced using Cura 2.4. I print on glass and do ...
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How to slice this wing so it has a smooth infill like perimeters

I have this wing design that I want to print: You can notice that its walls have a thickness, which is 1.0 mm. I want to print it so that the perimeters are inside that thickness. Here is the ...
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Slic3r not interpreting STL correctly

I'm very new to 3D printing, I purchased a Monoprice Maker Select Plus last week and I'm just getting started with printing my own models. I can create fairly simple models in Sketchup without a ...
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Slic3r settings for flat slopes on top

I am having trouble printing a hollow object using Slic3r. On flat slopes on top, there are gaps that I cannot get fixed. The perimeters of successive layers just don't cover each other. Cura however ...
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Parts of my (apparently manifold) model aren't appearing in my Slic3r preview

I have an STL file that, when I load it in Slic3r, looks fine, but somewhere in the actual slicing process, something goes wrong and parts of the model disappear. That's the render on the left, and ...
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Cura 2.4 missing “split object into parts”

I have an stl with multiple parts that I want to split up. Cura 15 had an option to "split object into parts" but I can't find that in cura 2.4. Did it get removed?
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Where to find z coordinate in G-code for delta printer

I´m currently writing my own firmware for a custom delta printer. Therefore I also need to read G-code from programs like Slic3r. Even with an small example like an cube I´m struggling to find out ...
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Turning off heatbed for the last few layers. Good idea or not?

My heatbed won't let go off the prints until it considerably cools down. The cooling process takes decent amount of time. I was considering putting the M140 S0 (...
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What causes gaps in small region fills and how to prevent them?

I saw this cool Nuka-Cola bottle opener. I made it: As you can see, nasty gaps have appeared in the text. What could've caused them? I am sure I set the filament diameter correctly. So why did ...
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Why are my prints so defective?

I received a Monoprice Maker Select v2 (I3 V2 clone) from my wife for Christmas. The sample .gcode files that came with the printer generally print great with no noticeable defects. However, when I ...
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Cooling for big layers

There is an option in Slic3r to disable cooling for layers that take more than n seconds. What would be the disadvantages of having cooling on big layers ?
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What slicer settings would produce the strongest part?

If a part is wanted to be made the strongest possible, what slicer settings should be used? 3-5 shells vs all shells, no infill? 100% infill vs some other % infill? Thin layer height vs thick ...
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Why do I have problems trying to get Slic3r to load a config file?

I decided to fire up my 3D Printer again after a while. I have new PCs, so I had to download Slic3r fresh, so I got the latest version (1.2.9). Then I went and found my old config file. It's really ...
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Why does Cura insert G0 commands between G1 commands while Slic3r doesn't?

While looking into G-code I was wondering why Cura inserts G0 commands in between G1 commands every other line like this: ...
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Skipping Y-steps, only when using Ultimaker Cura

In order to find out why my printer sometimes skips Y-steps (always in the same direction) only in Ultimaker Cura, I am digging into the G-code to understand the problem better. However, thousands of ...
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Printing objects with holes using M3D Printer

I am using an M3D printer and loaded an STL design with holes in the middle: However, the output is an object without holes (so I stopped the printing): What can be done to be able to print with ...
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Missing top layers in Cura

I've just tried to make some small labels with embossed lettering. Base is 1.5 mm, with letters and a perimeter protruding by another 1 mm. After printing, I realised that Cura is not giving me a top ...
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Slicer for “metal” 3d printer [closed]

In my last topic I learned that Pronterface can control powder 3D printer provided that the slicer generate g-code for printer which is printing from metal. My question is as follows. Is there a ...
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Slicing software and Sidewall

I am new to FDM RP. I've done a lot of work on ZCorp and Connex. The question is can vectors curve drive an extrusion nozzle? Within a 3D volume I can generate curves that I want the print nozzle ...
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How to calculate the approximate volume of material used in 3d print?

Is there a reasonable way of approximating the volume of material used for 3D print by knowing only the STL file volume and infill percentage? Or what is the formula for calculating the exact volume ...
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File Input data types

I'm a newb and don't know much about 3D printers. In visual basic I can create vector data of 3d objects,that can be loaded into a binary or text file. Can files like this be used with a 3d printer? ...
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Tinkerine 3D Printer

I am trying to print model for Prosthetic Hand (File Here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:596966) using Tinkerine 3D Printer. It went smooth for first hour and after that it started messing up(...
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How to line up (x,y) print area between hardware and software?

I'm trying to line up the physical print bed of my printer (Printrbot Simple Metal) to the virtual print area of the slicer (Cura). So far, they've never been properly aligned. It was never that big ...
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How to build CuraEngine?

I've been trying to build CuraEngine on Ubuntu following the Github instructions. The problem is that it lists some requirements: Clone the CuraEngine repository; Install Protobuf (see below); ...
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Slicer that exports vectors or pics for every slice

For a large scale project, I need a slicer which gives me the slices as image (BMP or vector). I have a 3d model and want to assemble it manually using large printouts on cardboard. For this I need ...
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Failing slow extrusion after upgrade to E3D hotend

I recently upgraded to a E3D full hotend and I started to have problems with slowly printed parts. After I print first object and start next one, then the first layer has serious issue. The first two ...
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Smooth finish in Slic3r using Support Material

How can I obtain a smooth finish like the one in this video: Easy and clean support material removal from 3D printed part., using Slic3r instead of Simplify3D? What settings do I need to change?
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Is inconsistent vertex density a bad thing?

Will an inconsistent vertex density likely introduce artifacts in a print? Or is it OK as long as it's a smooth surface?
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Offset in X or Y axis

How can I set an offset in y or x axis so that I can move the position of my printed object. I have tried doing this with so many options in Repetier, and in Slic3r, and still nothing, please, have ...
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Extrusion adjustment

I recently started to use Simplify3D! It is great software, but I have a problem with adjustment of amount of plastic extruded. I have a slight under extrusion after I adjusted amount of plastic ...
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What setting do I need to change to get rid of this gap between the shells and the inside?

I've noticed that some of my prints (mostly square-ish objects) are coming out with gaps between the outside shells and the inner parts. This gap is visible even in the 2D sliced preview of the layers ...
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Slicer/Printer Origin

I am very close to buying a 3D printer and have started to do some preliminary design work from the things I'd like to make, but I have a question: Which corner of the print bed corresponds to the ...