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Questions tagged [software]

Questions about either slicing engines or 3D modeling software.

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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 ...
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Looking to use 3D printing to make a master plate for rubber stamp vulcanizing

I am an art rubber stamp maker, using a vulcanizer to make art rubber stamps from molds that are usually created with a magnesium plate. The normal process is to send artwork off to an engraving ...
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How to “paint” a mesh on a stl/obj

I have almost 0 experience in 3d modeling and I'm looking for a simple way to color a model. I want to replicate this paint job of a model. I've tried Blender, tried Mudbox and I don't have the ...
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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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How do I decrypt messages on my Repetier firmware?

I need to send a complex password to my machine. The machine needs to decrypt it and run it. I have not found enough resources for such an operation. More detailed description: I am developing a ...
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What are the basic requirements to make a 3d printing machine? [closed]

What are the basic necessities needed to build a 3d printing machine. Workforce Technology Money etc. I'm an undergrad and my friends and I would like to make a printer for a project. We wanted to ...
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Using a MakerBot Replicator 1 dual (or clone like FlashForge Creator) with Cura

I have a Monoprice architect which is a barebones clone of the FlashForge Creator Pro, or Replicator 1 Dual. I have upgraded the power supply and added a heated bed and, after getting fed up with ...
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Lack of isolation between axes

Sometimes I notice that if I manually command a single axis movement (typically Z, when I want better access to the extruder), I observe that several channels move together (and they maybe move slower ...
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Sharing a printer over a network

I have a Tronxy X3 (i3 Clone) running Repetier firmware on a Melzi board. I would like to share the printer over my home network so that: Both my boys and I can use the printer. (We have separate ...
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Laser engraving software for Boxzy 3D printer

I have a laser-engraving "head" for one of my 3D printers (a Boxzy, so it's designed for it, not just strapping a random laser onto something), and I'd like to try using it to, well, engrave something....
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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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How to build Cura on Windows?

I am interested in doing development on Cura. Initially I want to start with the UI rather than the Engine. I have found the repository and have cloned it to my PC. I have also looked over the Wiki ...
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Is it possible to 3D print sharp objects with high details? And how?

I mean 3D forms like these? In a small scale (height: 1-2 cm, width: 0.5 cm). I want to keep all the form's details. If it is possible, what printer do you advise? How much does it cost to print one ...
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Thoughts on designing and printing 3D miniature house

I've done a few 3D designs in Sketchup and Fusion 360. Prints were done in PLA on an FDM and an SLA machine that I have access to. Generally I am quite happy with the results. Now the description of ...