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One critical part of 3D printing is the software used to design, output (or convert), repair, and then process 3D models into code that can be understood by the 3D printer.

Slic3r, designed by Alessandro Ranellucci, is an open-source conversion tool for 3D-model processing for printing. The Slic3r software can be downloaded for PC, Mac, and Linux at Slic3r is in a constant state of upgrade, which makes it an ideal choice for the rapid developments in 3D printing. Many enhancements are constantly proposed and produced by the community; check back often to find out whats new or improved.

The main task for any 3D print-slicing program is to cut up a model into fine layers all geometrically and dimensionally correct and plan paths for the extruded material used on each layer. When the print-slicing program does its job correctly, the 3D printers firmware processes this data and controls the movement of the printers components to print out the finished model.

The slicing program also analyzes the model for printability, and can then decide whether additional commands are needed whether to print extra material to help support a bridge, for example. Further, if you select to use support material, the slicer will do best to add the required breakaway support material without your needing to change the model.

Thus a slicing program must apply some intelligence to slicing a model; providing overhangs of material and sections of bridging may require changing the perimeter outlines of the object or detecting when solid layers that go in a specific direction must bridge a gap in an object to keep the print strong and appealing in its final appearance.

RepRap 3D printers use a control language calledG-code, as do the full commercial 3D printers that cost upwards of $50,000. G-code is an industry standard set of commands and codes used to script the path that a 3D printer (or even a CNC milling machine) uses to produce a 3D object. Thus all the software tools used for RepRap can also be used for high-end machines.

The difference with RepRap is that the further development of G-code is highly dynamic; new codes and commands can easily be added to the G-code set as the technology develops further. Many different slicing programs exist for 3D printing, but Slic3r is a favorite with RepRap users all over the world. Other slicing programs you may wish to investigate include Cura, Repetier host, and Kisslicer.

Netfabb is a very powerful commercial software package that is ideal for many aspects of 3D file manipulation. Its not open-source, but a basic version thats still amazingly functional is available for free download from

RepRap users favor Netfabb basic for checking model files prior to sending them to the slicing program. Netfabb allows you to rotate, scale, and modify (or fix) your object models. Loading a model into Netfabb before loading it into Slic3r enables you to ensure that the model looks 3D-printable, that it is in the correct orientation, and that it will print out at the size you expect and require.

Netfabb basic is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. A cloud-based version is also available and is often even better at fixing issues with 3D model meshes that have errors or refuse to slice correctly.

Professional versions along with specific packages of Netfabb tailored for different 3D printers (including the Ultimaker) are available to buy.

Pronterface is an open-source RepRap user interface for controlling your 3D printer and sending G-code files off to print. The complete Printrun package of software was developmed by Kliment Yanev and is widely used in the RepRap home 3D-printing community.

The Printrun package is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux from

Pronterface is an essential program for the easy use of your 3D printer.

Pronterface can also be linked with Slic3r. Doing so allows you to load model files and run background slicing into G-code with Slic3r from the set profiles youve already defined.

Repetier-Host is an alternative slicing engine and control panel for your 3D printer. Its similar to Pronterface and Slic3r in function, and can be linked to Slic3r.

Repetier-Host is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and can be downloaded here:

ReplicatorG is another well-established open-source package for both model slicing and 3D printer control. It has been widely used by some closed-source manufacturers of 3D printers, but has yet to attain wide popularity with RepRap users and developers.

ReplicatorG is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and can be downloaded from


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Monkeyprint An open-source 3d print software

Monkey see, monkey print! In the previous post you saw an overview of the 3d DLP printer I contributed one or two bits to. Now, Id like to share what exactly these bits were: An open-source print software that is easy to use (at least I hope so) and does the pre-processing and print control for DLP printers.

DLP printers are not exactly new. Theyve been around for a couple of years now and multiple commercial and DIY versions are available. Still, we were determined to build our own for various reasons: fun, customization to our needs, fun, honing our designing and programming skills oh, and fun.

The working principle is pretty easy and does not require overly complex mechanics. The only things needed are:

a projector (preferably a DLP projector, hence the name),

a basin with transparent bottom that can be tilted and is positioned above the projector and

a vertical linear drive above the vat carrying the build platform

The DLP printer setup consists of three main components: the projector, the resin basin (vat) and the build platform. The projector is placed under the tiltable vat. The build platform enters the vat from the top and can be moved upwards to pull the print out of the vat layer by layer.

During the print, the same routine is carried out repeatedly, layer per layer. Check out the picture below:

The print process is fairly simple. First, the build platform is positioned one layer height above the vat floor (A). Then, the projector exposes the first layer (B) and the vat tilts to separate the freshly cured layer from the vat floor (C). After the build platform has moved up by one layer height (D), the next layer is cured (E). This routine will continue until the model is finished (F).

The process requires a minimal mechanical set-up (e.g. compared to FDM printers) and this in combination with the print results is the main appeal of the method.

The electronic set-up is simple as well: A PC will send the black-and-white slices of the 3d model to the projector via HDMI as well as build platform and vat tilt movement commands to a micro controller via USB. The micro controller will then enable the stepper motors accordingly. The only problem here was that I couldnt find a nice, all-in-one software to do this

The only thing missing was an easy to use print software that would do the things mentioned above: prepare an stl file, generate supports, slice the whole thing and carry out the print job by controlling the projector and the stepper motors for tilt and build platform.

The missing link in the print work flow was the software that would pre-process and slice an stl file as well as control the projector and stepper motors during a print.

There is a program calledCreation Workshop, but it does not natively run on Linux since it needs Microsoft and was not really stable using the mono runtime emulator. Other approaches are usingPrintrun(a Pronterface derivate as far as I understand) but that seemed to be pretty confusing and complicated and I didnt like the interface.

So, after some fiddling around with bash scripts to control the printer which turned out to be a disaster concerning usability I decided that there had to be a different, more user friendly solution and ended up writing a Python GUI print software from scratch:monkeyprint!

OK, heres what it can do in a series of screenshots:

Upon loading an stl-file your are able to position, scale and rotate it in the build volume. The model is tested for build volume fit and will be resized or repositioned automatically to fit the build volume at all times.

Monkeyprint has a simple parametric pillar-and-cone support structure. You can modify the overhang angle, support spacing and geometry of the support pillars. The algorithm behind this is fairly simple and leaves room for improvements, yet it does a good job

The slicer is not only able to slice the compound of bottom plate, supports and model with an adjustable layer height it can hollow the model keeping a user defined wall thickness and create parametric fill structures as well. The hollowness and fill structures drastically reduce the force needed to separate the model from the vat floor and thereby save the coating from tearing. Note how the fill structures move to prevent stressing the same spots over and over again

The print control allows for setting the exposure time for base layer and all other layers independently. It also implements a pause before exposure to allow the resin to settle after moving the build platform. During the print youll see a status bar including the remaining time.

I have uploaded to code to Github, you can find the repositoryhere.It is licensed under the General Public Licence. You need Python 2.7, VTK 5.8 and OpenCV 2.4 in order to use it.

Monkeyprint has many firsts: its my first python code, my first GUI program and my first software to be published as open-source under GPL license so bear with me if the code is neglecting best practices or simply lacks elegance. Feel free to comment on these matters though

Oh, and in case you wonder: Testing the printer with the new program was done usingBlendersmonkey head model, so thats where the name comes from

Monkey king and his mutant army. Blenders monkey head model was used extensively for testing during printer and software development hence the print softwares name monkeyprint.

Well, thats it. There will be improvements on the code and explanations on how to use the print software in the following posts. Until then Id be happy to hear your comments and feature suggestions. If you use the software, make sure to post your results and tell me how you got along!

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ByStephanie CondonforBetween the LinesMay 8, 2017 — 18:55 GMT (02:55 GMT+08:00)Topic:3D Printing

3D Systems on Monday is rolling out its latest multi-material 3D printer, a range of new software and new Stereolithography (SLA) materials.

Unveiled at the RAPID + TCT 2017 trade show in Pittsburgh, the new products should be useful for the manufacturing process in industries like aerospace, automotive, healthcare, dental, durable goods, and entertainment.

The new ProJet MJP 5600 multi-material composite 3D printer, according to 3D Systems, offers print speeds up to two times faster than competing multi-material 3D printers. The high-definition parts the printer creates are useful for prototyping, functional testing and medical modeling.

It comes with a 64-bit OS, a 10-inch display, and on-board capabilities to slice multiple builds simultaneously. Additionally, the systems multi-material capabilities enable customers to digitally blend rigid and elastomeric materials at the voxel level — that opens it up to a wide range of applications, such as assemblies, rubber-like components, jigs and fixtures, and dies.

The ProJet MJP 5600 is expected to be available in June.

3D Systems is also introducing a new rigid, black plastic material for the ProJet MJP 5600, called VisiJet CR-BK, which enables manufacturers to produce parts with enhanced mechanical performance.

The ProJet MJP 5600 is expected to be available in June. For customers who already own 3D Systems ProJet MJP 5500X, the company will offer an upgrade program thats slated to start in July.

The new printer features 3D Systems new 3D Sprint 2.5 software. The software also supports the companys current line of SLA as well as MJP and CJP printers.

3D Sprint 2.5 comes with Smart Support technology that produces highly efficient SLA supports for easier removal, improved surface finish, and material savings. It also features improved slicing algorithms for stronger part quality, as well as a more intuitive interface.

3D Systems customer Amcor Rigid Plastic said that the new software has been, in some cases, 60-times faster when slicing a build in comparison to the previous version of the software.

The new software should be available this week.

Meanwhile, 3D Systems new 3D hybrid design software, called Geomagic Freeform 2017, is aimed at helping customers solve complex design and manufacturing challenges in a single platform. For instance, Geomagic Freeform is well suited for designing the mass customization of parts, typically for production through additive manufacturing. Its new features include the ability to create 3D text labels or new design components that exactly fit or offset the surface of an existing model. This software should be available in June.

3D Systems also announced Monday that its bundling its 3DXpert software with all of its direct metal printers. Additionally, 3DXpert is slated to include a new Build Simulation module that allows users to accurately verify and optimize their parts before sending them to print. The Build Simulation module should be available in the second half of 2017.

Lastly, 3D Systems on Monday announced two new SLA materials: Accura HPC (high-performance composite) for the ProX 800, as well as Accura Phoenix for the ProJet 6000 and 7000.

Accura HPC combines stiffness with high-throughput production capability, making it ideal for advanced performance applications like wind tunnel models or assembly and welding fixtures. Renault Sport Formula One Team is using it for vehicle aerodynamic testing.

Accura Phoenix, meanwhile, offers high clarity and high-temperature resistance. This is useful for applications such as high temperature fluid flow visualizations in complex automotive parts.

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Look around you. Chances are that almost every object, from your pen to the desk to the electronic device you are using to read this text was designed using 3D modeling software. Often ignored by the public, these programs make it possible for countless occupations to provide a professional service to their clients.

Below we go into detail about what 3D modeling software is, who can use this software, what the pros and cons of the software are, and the various kinds of paid and free versions of the software you can select from.

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3D modeling software allows you to create 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. Depending on the 3D modeling software you are using, you can make multiple mechanisms, animate objects, design blueprints, and more. There are dozens of different kinds of 3D modeling software used by an equal number of niche industries. In addition, 3D modeling software is used by individuals looking to create or illustrate an idea.

3D modeling software is used by hobbyists, large international companies, and everyone in between. Any industry that builds or constructs objects will use a 3D modeling software to aid their design. On the smallest scale, programs like CAD can help create tiny mechanisms and organize their assembly process. Larger multi-part mechanisms can be made and show how everything fits together. These mechanism can be placed in fully designed homes or commercial spaces that use 3D modeling software in all aspects of design. On larger scales, 3D modeling software can be used to create large skyscrapers, airplanes, cruise ships, and more. Because of this, architects, engineers, those in aerospace, individuals in construction, and more will all use this software. At the same time, many people who simply like designing things for video games or for personal entertainment can also use this software to their advantage.

3D modeling software offers you the ability to turn the objects of your imagination into reality. Along with creating what you want, they can be synergized with 3D printers as well as act as fantastic professional aids.

You dont have to be an industry specialist to use 3D modeling software or benefit from its use. 3D modeling software allows you to take an idea and transform it into a reality. Depending on the software, you can view it, color it, choose the material, rotate it, and even animate it. In the end, what you can do with 3D software is often limited only by your imagination.

While 3D printers have been around since 1984, they have mostly been relegated to special industries. In the past few years, the costs have dropped dramatically along with their size, making 3D printers available to the public. With many different kinds of 3D modeling software, you can transform the plans over to your 3D printer and watch as your digital object becomes a reality. 3D printers offer a lot of different printing options depending on what you buy. Again, what you can create is almost exclusively limited by what you can imagine.

3D modeling software provides a crucial aid in the design of objects across dozens of industries. Whether you are a small company or large international company, you can use 3D modeling software to design everything from tiny pieces of machinery to supertankers. Making it possible to design and expand on your ideas, 3D modeling software is available from a beginner to industrial standards.

While 3D modeling software makes it possible to do a lot, it is not without its drawbacks. In fact, there are a few major issues with 3D modeling software that you will probably have to contend with including cost, limited functionality, and issues regarding file compatibility.

First and foremost, cost will prohibit you from accessing a lot of the 3D modeling software available. While some licenses allow you to use the software after a single purchase, others will charge you a constant yearly or monthly rate that can be in the thousands of dollars. Further down we list both priced and free 3D modeling software for you to consider.

Limited functionality is a big issue, especially if you want to do a lot of things with a single program. Know that certain 3D modeling software is designed for highly specific uses. For example, you cannot use ArchiCAD to render and animate 3D models as effectively as you can with other software. It is important for you to identify what you need is prior to purchasing software.

File compatibility can be an issue. In particular, it can be an issue if you are trying to take your file and send the information to a 3D printer. Check to see what file formats are supported by the equipment you have and choose carefully.

There are many well-known and trusted companies that produce 3D modeling software. Before choosing a piece of 3D modeling software, run through the following checklist in your mind.

First, what is your intended goal with the software?

Rendering landscape, building a house, making a model, or animating an object will all require different software. Next, consider your experience level. Below we go into detail regarding the best beginner, intermediate, professional, and industrial software out there. Last but not least, consider cost. Some of the licenses for the software can cost hundreds of dollars a year and may mean a big commitment on your part.

One of the best choices for beginner 3D modeling tools is the 123D Design. Similar to the easily approachable SketchUp, 123D Design is a combination of CAD and 3D modeling software. It is released by the Autodesk Company and free versions can be found depending on the kind of license you are looking for. Along with being able to be used as a grid program for planning basic objects, 123D Design also comes with complex options that greatly expand its scope. One of the best pieces of software for beginners, 123D Design manages to do a little of everything. It is a great way to begin building a solid understanding. Other 3D design programs for beginners include 3D Slash, Photoshop CC, SculptGL, and TinkerCAD.

An interesting intermediate 3D modeling software worth playing around with once you have some experience is SketchUp. The software designed to show architectural elements in Google Earth, SketchUp has grown from a small program with a cult following into its very own rendering software. Incorporating a neat and tidy interface that makes using SketchUp easier, be prepared for an insane amount of buttons and choices. That being said, a little bit of learning can lead you to create 3D models. Because of its multifaceted functionality, SketchUp has been used by a wide variety of industries including hobbyists, interior designers, architects, engineers, urban planners, and even those in the construction industry. Other intermediate 3D modeling software worth considering includes Meshmixer, Moments of Inspiration (MOI), OpenSCAD, and Sculptris.

Professional software for 3D modeling software includes many recognizable names. The biggest player in the world of 3D modeling software is AutoCAD. A commercial software that can be used for 3D and 2D model making, AutoCAD has been available for nearly 40 years. AutoCAD is an interesting program because there is multiple version of the software depending on your intended goal. For example, architects have available ArchiCAD, which is the AutoCAD program specifically made for that profession. Easily accessibly to 3D printers, AutoCAD are designed to work in a number of different industries and provide an above average level of support. Be aware that it is also challenging to learn and can incorporate learning a lot of shortcut key commands. Other professional software for 3D modeling software worth considering includes 3ds Max, Zbrush, Rhino3D, Mudbox, and Blender.

Solidworks is a great industrial 3D modeling software that provides a wide range of functionality. A solid modeling software, Solidworks runs on Windows and is among the most common program used by engineers. Solidworks was designed to work across a number of different industries, making it one of the few industrial 3D modeling companies that is truly cross industry. Solidworks has been used in architecture, medical, energy, industrial equipment, automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, and mechanical engineering. Other industrial 3D modeling software includes Inventor, Fusion 360, and CATIA.

Interested in 3D modeling but dont want to spend hundreds of dollars on professional software?

There is multiple good quality 3D modeling programs that are available for free. Covering a wide range of possible uses, the 3D modeling software goes from fun to serious offering a lot of possibility if you are struggling to find the right program for you.

In addition, consider using some of the free modeling software first to see what works and what doesnt when it comes to what you are looking for. Some of the best free 3D modeling software includes LeoCAD, 3D Crafter, and AutoDesk 123D.

is a fun piece of software that takes the toolset of CAD programs and applies it to LEGO! LeoCAD allows you to create virtual LEGO models utilizing hundreds of different pieces and colors. Including a simple interface that is straightforward to learn, LeoCAD provides support across platform including Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. The program supports animation mode as well as key framing as well. A fun tool to play around with, LeoCAD is a great tool if you are familiar with LEGO and want to use it to see how 3D modeling software works.

is a beautiful piece of 3D modeling software that provides a simple drag and drop approach. A real time 3D animation tool, 3Dcrafter allows you to print as well as sculpt using it. An advanced tool if you want to create animations, 3Dcrafter is well worth checking out if animation is your goal. Be aware that the controls are a bit more complex to understand. That being said, once you become familiar with the software you can do a lot.

AutoDesk 123D is a combination of animation 3D modeling tools and CAD combined. The end result is a powerful tool that lets you create a wide variety of shapes. AutoDesk 123D is a popular choice because it supports a wide range of formats. With more than 10,000 free 3D images that you can select from, AutoDesk 123D gives you a lot to play around with. Be aware that like other CAD programs, AutoDesk can take some time to master. That being said, putting in the time can create some truly remarkable 3D objects. As a final note, AutoDesk 123D supports 3D printer technology, allowing you to turn your object into a reality.

Along with the free software listed above, there are many more programs that are well worth checking out. Some of these free programs include Wings 3D, Daz Studio, Open SCAD, Meshmixer 3.0, 3DReshaper, PTC Creo, VUE Pioneer, Netfabb, NaroCAS, LEGO Digital Designer, ZCAD, Houdini Apprentice, Design Spark, Free CAD, Sculptris, MeshMagic3D, and Open Cascade.

With dozens of different 3D modeling software to consider, the biggest challenge you will face is in selecting the right modeling software for your needs. With that in mind, start with free software and see what it is like to use. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can expand to paid programs that provide increased functionality.

Know that the price of 3D modeling software is constantly changing. What may not be affordable today may be affordable tomorrow and vise versa. In addition, know that these pieces of software are constantly being updated and changed by the creators. With mostly good updates that improve functionality, glitches can be reported and resolved. Also know that many of these programs offer a lot of user support, beginner guides, and more. If you need information to learn, the company offering the software should be your first source.

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Most other 3D printers come with a limited 3 month warranty, asking buyers to spend over $400 for a full one year warranty. All KLIC-N-PRINT 3D printers come with a Full 1 year warranty. For support, whether it be by phone, email, forum or other form of social media, we have you fully covered. giving you piece of mind.

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We manufacture both 3D and 2D graphic equipment, and we know our stuff. Our computerized cutters have been available for almost a decade now, and we have a huge community of makers, just like you. TheKLIC-N-PRINT 3Dprinter was a natural direction for us, since the technology is very similar.

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