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Converting an undirected graph to optimal G-code paths

Quote of comment of R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE on question reads: Pretty sure it is NP-complete (equivalent to travelling salesman problem), no? – This is correct; this is route optimization ...
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What are the most common 3D printing file formats?

3D-Model Exchange Files The most common file formats to exchange models for 3D printing are STL, OBJ, FBX, COLLADA, 3DS, IGES, STEP, and VRML/X3D. Of these, STL, OBJ, AMF, and 3MF are the most popular ...
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How to print LiDAR file format LAS

Because my research shows that LAS files are point cloud data, you would first have to convert the point cloud to a mesh. Point clouds are just that, data references to points in 3d space. A printing ...
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How does a SolidWorks file get converted to be 3D printed?

Any and all CAD files can be converted to STL (Standard Triangle Language). In this file format, surfaces are parsed to be combinations of triangles. For example a flat rectangular surface gets ...
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How to print a voxel object?

Magicavoxel supports export as .obj, natively or with the right plugin. While .stl is the standard for 3d-printing exchanges, ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Here is what I suggest you try. If you have a file that you can view/edit in blender I would export it as both STL and OBJ formats. Then take those files and upload them to Netfabb (https://netfabb....
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DRM or license management solution for 3D printing

Good luck with that. Issues you will face: using a G-code editor (or built-in printer software) to create multiple copies of the object in a single print session user writing the printer file to an ...
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How can I convert STL files into PDF drawings?

I've had good results with using the free web-based program known as Onshape which allows you to import/create 3D models. One of the features built into Onshape is a drawing tab. You can select the ...
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Layman term explanation of the difference between voxel and point cloud

A point cloud is often derived by sampling. Each point represents an observation. Sometimes, a point cloud is turned into a surface by fitting triangles to the points in the form of an STL file. A ...
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How can I export a Materialise Magics Project as a STL file?

I gather from your post that you are trying to export a build file containing multiple individual pieces, possibly to be printed. I suggest using the 'Merge' tool to join each of the individual STL's ...
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How can I export a Materialise Magics Project as a STL file?

Instead of using save project as or export click save part as, this defaults to an STL file.
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Convert G-code to SVG

There are a number of programs available which will convert g-code to DXF, a common drawing format. If your device does not support DXF directly, there are a number of programs to convert DXF to SVG. ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Makerbot will accept obj files also. Is there an error while importing the obj file? Also you can see errors of your imported file in your makerbot It will be marked in black. Please make sure your ...
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Conversion of DICOM files to STL files

The marching cubes algorithm can convert voxel data into a surface mesh. A global threshold to determine the surface in the greyvalues is used. This article might be helpful.
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Conversion of DICOM files to STL files

there is a nice software to do it, a brazilian one, called Invesalius (http://svn.softwarepublico.gov.br/trac/invesalius). Itksnap is probably a better initial choise, since it is more intuitive (http:...
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File from Blender is different in Shapeways's preview

Double-check that your model is solid (i.e. watertight). Holes in the mesh, or (as other's mentioned in the comments) or problems with thickness can cause those issues. You can use Netfabb's Cloud ...
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Conversion of DICOM files to STL files

Yes, invesalius (free software) is the way to go. I was able to export a CT scan a few months back using invesalius to either OBJ or STL format for 3d printing (can't remember which). But i do ...
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Outputting an STL file that contains multiple objects for import into Blender

Blender imports all STL files as if they are a single object. If you have multiple meshes in the object that you want to be separated, you can press tab to enter edit mode, select the parts that need ...
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Is it possible to convert a Las /Laz file into an STL or OBJ file?

Given that LAS/LAZ is LiDAR point cloud data, there is a GIS tool called las2tin to convert these files to a triangle based mesh called Triangular irregular networks or TIN by the GIS community. Other ...
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.STEP/.F3D to .SCAD file?

Even though OpenSCAD can import a variety of formats, the file structure will not be accepted by Thingiverse in the manner presented by the OP. OpenSCAD is a text-based description language. One ...
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Does the Elegoo Mars printer support additional file formats?

It also works with the .photon format of the Photon slicer. It is only marginally better than ChituBox though.
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Converting .nii file to .stl file

Looks like you didn't include a space between the -i flag and the file, though you did include the space in this question. Try running the command but include spaces between your flags and file ...
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How do I compress 3D files

3D files differ greatly in size and what they contain: STL STL Stereolithography files were invented by 3D Systems to store surfaces. Originally it used ASCII text to store information by naming ...
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Building a program to convert LiDAR data directly to an STL or directly to G-code

TL;DR - The problem would appear to be that some of the steps require a bit of manual tinkering in order to complete them successfully - it isn't just a simple question of conversion. So, no (not ...
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Is it possible to export a model from TinkerCad.com, reimport it, and edit it again as a grouped collection of individual parts?

STL and OBJ are formats that define a surface through trigons and a waveform respectively - to make the export work, TinkerCad runs a boolean union operation first. Without this, it would run into the ...
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Can 3D printer models be used in video game engines and vs versa?

Yes. You can import it into Blender, but it will need "bones" and "armature" if you want it to move at all. In Blender, you can manually add armature and "Rig" it, if ...
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How do I compress 3D files

If a general-purpose compression tool using a good compression algorithm, such as 7zip or gzip (for linux and command line enthusiasts) is not providing good compression it is not likely that your ...
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How can I rotate a 3D model to be parallel with the build plate?

Some tools like Cura or Repetier Host have slicers that analyses and tell you if it is ok to print or not. Both of them allow rotations.
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Layman term explanation of the difference between voxel and point cloud

I believe a point cloud is just a collection of points, while voxels - "3D pixels" - define location and a cube area. They seem to be pretty equivalent mathematically.
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File from Blender is different in Shapeways's preview

Just like the other already have mentioned, most likely your model has 3D printing errors. Either way, I would run it through a repairing service just to make sure it's free of 3D printing errors. I ...
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