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Questions about either slicing engines or 3D modeling software.

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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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Autocad export to STL

I'm a beginner to 3D design, and I'm well aware that my Autocad design was badly made. However, I've previously had no issue exporting Autocad designs to .stl, but with my current project, only part ...
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Chitubox: What are the default support setting for an Elegoo Saturn printer?

What are the factory default settings for light, medium and heavy supports in Chitubox, for an Elegoo Saturn resin printer? The settings out of the box with no user modifications. Version 1.8.0 or ...
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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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Chitubox - Why are some supports show as Green but others are Gray?

In Chitubox, why is it that some supports are highligted green, while others are colored gray? I've checked all of the settings and the green and gray supports seem absolutely identical. The only ...
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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 correct when Chitubox picks up the bottom layers of a support as an island?

Sometime Chitubox will pick up the bottom of a support as an island, even though it was automatically added and is in contact with the base. IS there an explanation as to why this happens, how it ...
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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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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 slicer. So, I'd like to get some settings to do it in Ultimaker Cura, using PLA if the ...
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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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