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Looking into 3d printing, checking out software, what do you use ? by CoolBlue87GT
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Have been checking into 3d printing, been looking at MakerBot Replicator 2, is Makerware software the only software that can be used ?

Looking for software that I can import Thinkiverse files & create objects from scratch. Wondering what those with 3d printers are using.


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We use slic3r.

It's got its quirks, but it gets the job done. (it takes a stl file and converts it to a gcode file)

The Makerbots are great machines, my son and I recently built a Kossel Mini. (search OT for "kossel"

We've only done a few prints, but it's been great!

The newer Makerbots require less "tinkering", but are solid machines.

A friend and I are going to do a print-off - his Makerbot vs our Kossel.

We'll post it here in OT...
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Most Makerbots can print from ssd card, so the file could theoretically be edited using a few different apps. The newer ones use a proprietary file format, though(i think?)

Our Kossel is connected to a laptop. It currently can't print using an ssd.
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Originally posted by TheDigitalAlchemist:

We use slic3r.

It's got its quirks, but it gets the job done. (it takes a stl file and converts it to a gcode file)



Thanks, I downloaded it, having a little trouble understanding how to import files to it. Any pointers ?
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Thanks, I downloaded it, having a little trouble understanding how to import files to it. Any pointers ?


In slic3r, You open the stl file. Then change the scale and other settings, then export to gcode.

The slic3r site is informative
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