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How can I fix an error from building a 3D printing slicer software for a robotic arm based on a provided code from GitHub, getting an error LNK1181?

Not sure if the right place to ask this particular question but will try anyway. Currently trying to run a software as presented in the link here: GitHub - zhangty019/S3_DeformFDM: S^3-Slicer: A ...
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Seeking a Centralized Interface Solution for Managing Multiple 3D Printers in a MakerLab

I'm responsible for a MakerLab in an engineering school, equipped with a diverse set of 3D printers: 5x Prusa MK3s+, 2x Prusa MK4, 2x Bambulab X1 Carbon, and 1x Formlab. Students currently initiate ...
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Is there software that allows generating the vertices of a 3D model from a math function and adjusting them dynamically?

I want to print a solid of constant width, and I have defined its shape as trios of math equations in two variables: X(u, v), ...
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How do I add a custom motor driver to Marlin?

I've been digging through the Marlin code from GitHub, and I'm hoping that someone could direct me where to add a custom motor driver. I figure someone here already is familiar with the code and it ...
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Is it possible to easily convert a PDF generated from Solidworks back to a 3d model?

I have a PDF of a 3d model that when I view the document properties in chrome I see it was generated with Solidworks PDF publisher (see attached picture). I could go through the work of manually ...
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Android app to view and measure dimensions of STL?

I have received an STL file from a designer. This file can be 3D printed after slicing. However, I am far from home and from the printer so currently it is impossible to print this model. I wish ...
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Potential consequences of stringing within support structures?

Creality Slicer has a setting labeled "Limit Support Retractions" It's description is as follows Omit retractions when moving from support to support in a straight line. Enabling this ...
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Create a 3D-Model out of a 2D-Stack of microscopic planes and analyze it according to volume, side faces and number? [closed]

for my graduation project I have to compare cells in a 3D- Model to one another in regard of their volume, side faces and the corresponding forms and their numbers. First, I have about 300 Tif-Files ...
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Tool for modifing STLs?

I'm looking for a tool to modify STL files to make changes, before printing it. I know that it exists, but I don't know the name of the software. For example, I have a STL file for a ball and I want ...
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Software workflow for merging a flat image and a STL?

I have a request to create a jigsaw puzzle based on a road layout, for a customised christmas gift. Imagine a Secret Santa present. The city in question is Dunedin, New Zealand, which is on the ...
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Easy way to visually inspect/preview large amount of stl files (on Linux)?

I'm a beginner in 3d printing, so please bear with me. I downloaded a zip with about 100 STL files. I now want to pick one or two to print. The names of the stl files are not very helpful so I need to ...
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Software to Pose and Export FBX Character

I am a beginner and looking for software to easily pose a 3D character, which I currently have in an FBX file, and export the pose to an OBJ file. For example, I could move the character's arm upward, ...
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3D printing using only binary tensors representing parts

I need to 3D print several composites. The constituent materials are photopolymer resins. The composites are very similar to a Rubik's cube. Considering it that way, each voxel (every small piece of ...
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How to discretize parametric surfaces as late as possible

3D objects can be defined mathematically using so-called parametric surfaces. Turning them into a polygon mesh introduces slight imperfections. Can 3D printer software deal with parametric surfaces, i....
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Are there any free scanning programs available? [closed]

I keep looking around for 3D scanning software but can't find anything I like. Any suggestions? I'm more looking for a free app so I can use my android phone, but am open to desktop based solutions ...
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How to add custom physical buttons to a 3D printer in Marlin software

I have a 3D printer with MKS Robin mainboard + TMC2209. How do I add a piece of code to Marlin, for example, to make a physical button to start preheating, etc. I would like to use the existing ...
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Software for hollowing out models for printing on a resin printer

I'm currently using Blender to make models to print on a Resin printer, and Chitubox to hollow the models out. I'm finding that Chitubox is unsatisfactory and leaves lots of internal islands. Can ...
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Need firmware for CreatorBot 3d Pro II?

I lost the operating system in my CreatorBot 3D Pro II. How do I go about recovering the firmware? [Further details about how I lost the "operating system" are forthcoming]
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Inclined plane movement of spinneret

Normally 3D printing is done starting at the base level depositing hot plastic upwards. In order to create bas relief details, can we deposit hot plastic on an available centered cone base any curve ...
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Converting .par files to STL

I am using SolidEdge to create 3D models in .par files and right now I have over 30 files and I need to create STL files to print them in 3D printer using GrabCad Is there a way to convert all those ...
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How to move my 3D print file on the Z-axis in Creality slicer software?

I am completely new to 3D printing and am borrowing someone else's Ender printer for a school project. I have never used CAD before either. I used Onshape to create my design and then exported it as a ...
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Qidi X-Pro - Trouble Printing - Home Settings Seem Off

So I have had problems straight out of the box with this printer. After going through a lot of leveling / slicing things I decided to check what the printer "thinks" is its home settings. ...
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Recommendation for free, intuitive offline 3D modeling software for 3D printing [closed]

I've used TinkerCAD (https://www.tinkercad.com/) and was able to easily model objects for 3D printing, despite having no prior experience in 3D modeling. However it needs to be connected to the ...
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Comgrow Mini Laser Engraver - Adding laser to Windows laser control software

I recently bought a Mini Desktop Laser Engraver by Comgrow. So far, the limited functionality of their iOS app has been fine for little trinkets for testing. Pretty good product for the cheap price. ...
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Standard Settings for AnyCubic Printers?

Does anyone know where I can find a list of recommended settings for different types of resin / print objects for Anycubic printers? I realize that some of the details will need to be tweaked on a ...
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What modifications do I need to make to Marlin if I completely replace the heated bed assembly?

I have a 3D printer built from generic, scrap parts. It's controlled by a 2+ years old MKS GEN L board running Marlin version ...
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Printing 3D letters in any font?

I am looking at printing a fair amount of text, ideally using some custom fonts. I quite like Stay Classy but will likely have to consider change if it causes issues. I am a little stuck on where to ...
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Slicers and printers compatibility

I am a complete beginner so I apologise ahead for probably an obvious question. From what I understand up to now, slicer software basically takes a 3D model and turns it into instructions that say ...
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How to fix WoW models in photon workshop

I am using an AnyCubic Photon Resin Printer. I have used the (WoW model viewer to export a miniture that I am hoping to 3D print. However, when I look at the model in photon workshop, certain parts ...
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Is there any 3D-printing software that supports Raspberry Pi?

My only functional computer at the moment is a raspberry pi, and I was wondering if there was any software that supported it. My printer is a Newmatter mod-t, but I might be able to modify other ...
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Is there a convenient GUI tool for configuring Marlin settings?

I am looking for a tool to configure various runtime settings of Marlin firmware (e.g. bed leveling) that would be accessible from a computer rather than from the LCD menu on the printer. In a ...
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Roll back from Marlin 2.0 to manufacturer closed-source firmware

Because I needed to insert nuts in my prints and therefore G-code instructions in their file, I upgraded my printer firmware to Marlin as in here : At the beginning I ...
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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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3D printer emulator

Hello everyone I'm developing a system to remotely manage several printers at the same time, using the OctoPrint API. I would like to know if there is any way to emulate printers to do the tests, ...
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Software to record hot end temperature?

Is there a software package that when I have my printer connected directly to my PC via USB could record and export hot end temperature data overtime? Ideally this data would be recorded in a way ...
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How to efficiently pack a build plate?

I have a project that has lots of parts to print. I want to pack as many as possible onto the build plate. Does anyone know of software that can do intelligent packing?
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Combining multiple STL files

I have a collection of STL files, each containing a separate moving part of an object I want to print. (Imagine a set of gears, or similar, that prints as a single object with multiple moving parts.) ...
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How to use a BLTouch or equivalent touch probe to 3D scan objects with a 3D printer?

I thought about using a BLTouch probe to do 3D scans of objects. The objects to be suitable require smooth gradients and enough space for the probe, without anything hitting the print head/hot end. ...
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Using a XYZ printer on Linux

I have a da Vinci miniMaker and am trying to find a way to get XYZware on my computer which is running Ubuntu Linux 19.04. On the XYZprinting website I found references to a version build for Ubuntu, ...
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What is a printer console/terminal?

I read that G-code commands can be sent through a console/terminal over USB. What is a console/terminal and how do you use that?
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Slicing directly from non-mesh data?

This is a bit of a weird question, and I imagine the answer might simply be "no." But here goes anyway: I'm writing some code that generates shapes for 3D printing via "implicit surfaces," i.e. a ...
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Linux software for laser engraver

I am searching for a Linux software to control the 3000 mW laser engraver depicted below. It's a common model you'd find on AliExpress, Banggood, etc. under different brand names. I have already ...
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3D printer and design software for creating propellers for a toy airplane/drone [closed]

I would like to begin designing and 3D printing propellers for both a toy airplane and drone that I own. I want to do this for experimental purposes. I have never used a 3D printer nor have I used ...
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Software for processing laser scanner images

I have a Ciclop laser 3d scanner, sold as a kit (HE3D), that I've had for several months now without being able to use it, because the official Horus software is completely unmaintained and bitrotted -...
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Printer is Confused-Printing in Air Literally

So I got my 3D printer (Anet A8) a few years ago and put it together. I couldn't figure out how to use it. Then about a month ago I decided to try again now that I am older and got it to work. I know ...
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Slicer software capable of working with large filaments

I'm starting work on a very large 3d printer that uses very large filament. The idea is to house the entire thing in a shipping container and print things as large as cars. Filament will be some ...
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CubePro Alternative Slicer

So, having bought this cube pro duo 3d printer a few days ago I have come to see how significantly limiting the default slicer software that comes with the machine is. For the prints that I am doing I'...
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Is there any better way to make this transparent dome?

As part of a larger project, i'm trying to print a translucent green dome. I set it up as follows: In Blender, create an icosphere of the maximum allowed complexity. Cut it in half and throw away ...
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Resources on getting horus/ciclop scanners to work? [closed]

I have a Ciclop (HE3D version) scanner ready to try to use, but it seems the Horus software is hopelessly bitrotted. It has breakage from API-level changes at least in the Python bindings for OpenGL, ...
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How does a 3D printer software/firmware work

I have been working on a printer project that basically is a 2D printer (dot matrix type). We are using solenoids as actuators to make impressions on the paper. We are now in the process of designing ...
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