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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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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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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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Pronterface won't connect to Printrbot Simple metal with error message

I am using Ultimaker Cura to try and get my simple metal back up and running again. It is the strangest thing as this thing has printed decently for four years with just one calibration being the ...
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Steps to setup a new 3D Printer

I hope it doesn't get closed since my question is widely open: I got recently a Geeetech Prusa i3 Pro B as a DIY kit, the assembly took a lot of time since the package did not include a building ...
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Settings for vase mode in CURA?

I keep hearing about vase mode, but I have some problem figuring out how to set it up in my slicer; I use CURA. So, I'd like to get some settings to do it in Ultimaker Cura, using PLA if the material ...
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Printing refusing to print, citing non-genuine cartridges?

So I just got a Da-Vinci 3-in-1 Junior Pro 3D Printer, and was excited to start printing my first model. When I open my .STL File in the XYZWare that comes with the printer, and click print, it says ...
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Print Software for Monoprice Dual Extruder

Back in 2015 I bought the Monoprice Dual Extruder 3D printer (I know it was a clone of a FlashForge or a Makerbot, but I don't remember which). I played with it for a while but we moved and I never ...
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Simplify3D setup for Athorbot Brother 3D Printer [closed]

Using Simplyfy3D printing software I am not sure which printer mine is called in the list (or which substitute to use). I have an Athorbot Brother 3D Printer. On the screen of the controller, it says ...
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Simplified 3d will not run extruder

I downloaded simplified 3d to use with Mach 3 everything seems to work properly except for the extruder which will not communicate with the new software. Not moving filament that is my only problem ...
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How to create 3D printing file (e.g. STL, OBJ and IGES etc.) from DEM? [closed]

I have DEM with 1 m resolution, how can I create 3D printing file (e.g. STL, OBJ and IGES etc.) from DEM?
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(Cura setting) How can I fix this? No top layer

problem solved by resetting cura. I have problems like this: How can I fix this? I can't find the right setting. Also, what are these yellow lines? Do you know how to remove them? They disappear ...
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Recommend simple software to create calibration print for table leveling [closed]

I've just bought Anycubic i3 Mega printer and trying to level it. So far I've printed test object and 2 others but looks like there are problems with leveling. I want to make image of 5 small one ...
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What is wrong with this angle?

I'm trying to print a model that looks like this: at a size of approximately 10"x7"x7". I've tried 3 times now, with various different infill and shell settings, and had it fail all 3 times in the ...
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Can't print anything, clicking and low extrusion

I am the owner of a pretty Anycubic Mega I3 and it was very cool to own it. However, now I have several problems when printing with it. It clicks all along, at high or low temperature, at 5 mm ...
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Extruding a (wall?) in Fusion 360?

I have a model that has walls with a volume of 0.00mm that I want to extrude so I can 3D Print it. I was unable to convert it into a normal body in order to extrude it. In addition I was unable to ...
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Software for adding supports to 3D printed miniatures in STL file

My main application for my 3D printer (Zortrax M200 Plus) is making 28 mm scale miniatures for role-playing games. Basically people and animals at 1:60 scale, which means that things like arms, legs, ...
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Large 3D printer 10'x10'x4' - Need G-code to tell when it stops extruding and to stop machine

We use Simplify and have a large 10’x10’x4’ printer. We need G-code that when the extrusion stops the machine will stop and raise 10 mm as to not to burn the print, so we know where the extrusion ...
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How long will my print take?

If I have a stl file is there a good way to estimate how long it will take to print on a given printer? I know there are a lot of things that go into print speed, such as the speed of the printer, the ...
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Printing a building from its laser scanned exterior point cloud

I have a very dense point cloud (billions of points) of the exterior of a building obtained by laser scanning it with a Leica head. I successfully subsampled it down to around 500,000 and I'm trying ...
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How do I compute the surface & volume of a large amount of STL files?

Please, how do I compute the surface & volume of a large amount of STL files ? I have over 3000 STL files, and I want to know their respective volumes and surfaces. I will use this data to be ...
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Printing .stl file using ObJetPro 3D Printer

I am trying to 3D print some shells for a project, and would like them to be about 5 cm long. I created the shells in Blender and converted them to .stl ...
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Connect to 3D printer via internet without router

My problem: I need to connect to my 3D printer via the internet from an Android app (using IP address and API key). My 3D printer is based on Marlin firmware latest and connected to a Raspberry Pi ...
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Simplify3D and Davinci mini

Simplify3D is listing the XYZprinting Davinci mini as a compatible printer for their software. I would never buy such expensive software in combination with this printer if I didn't already think of ...
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In Fusion 360 how do I select an entire 3D object, not just its sides or faces?

I'd like to mirror a triangular prism I made. However, whenever I select it I am only able to select the faces or sides. Is there a way to select the whole 3D object to move or mirror it?
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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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Problem With large prints on Lulzbot Taz6

I have got a Lulzbot TAZ6 3 days ago. Last night I started a print which is 21 hours long and when I returned check on it this afternoon it was a complete mess. These are the objects that I wanted to ...
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Turn off heated bed in Repetier?

I have a printrbot simple metal with the heated bed upgrade. I think theirs a problem with my board, so long story short, I'm just trying to print without actually heating up the bed. The problem I am ...
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OpenSCAD to Flashprint ruins model based on number of fragments

I'm trying to print a cylinder with Flashprint. Problem is, that the .stl file i created (with OpenSCAD) is totally ruined once loaded into Flashprint. With ruined I mean the round outline is now with ...
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How to automatically add support and “base” to the model I am printing?

Most of time my prints fail due to lack of support and "base" for the 3D model. I'd like to know if there is any software that can automatically check my model, and add support and a "base" to it, if ...
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Proof that Slicing Plane/STL intersection will only produce Closed-Loop Polygons?

I am writing my own slicer and wonder if there is a mathematical proof that proves that the intersection of the slicing plane with the STL file will only produce closed-loop polygons for every given ...
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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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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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meshmodelling - remove parts of a mesh using uv map

Any idea which software they use to get the honeycomb pattern? I just read a nice article about the “Design of a Patient Specific, 3D printed Arm Cast”. (https://knepublishing.com/index.php/KnE-...
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Cura going to 204C instead of 200C

So I started using Cura a few weeks ago, and when I print it goes to 204 Celsius instead of 200. It doesn't really affect my print quality but I just want to know if there's a fix for it. My printer ...
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Good Designing Software for cheap [closed]

So I've seen some very good design software, but almost all of it is very expensive. I'm just wondering if there's a good cheap design software out there.
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Solidworks: Coincident or interfering geometry when saving assembly to STL

I'm using Solidworks to design parts to be 3d-printed. I've noticed that if I'm making an assembly, where one part has features that touch other parts, then when I try to save that assembly as an STL ...
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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 ...