Resources


This is an helpful resources page that you can always come to for all your 3D printing needs. This page will improve with time.

 

3D models repository

Here are some sites where you can easily find 3D models to print.

Thingiverse

YouMagine

Redpah

MyMiniFactory

Software:

CAD:

CAD is the acronym for Computer Aided Design software for drawing 3D models. Virtually all CAD software can export 3D models in stl format. There are CAD software for all budgets, pro and free.

Pro:

SolidWorks

SolidEdge

Free or open source:

TinkerCAD

OpenSCAD

Fusion 360

 

Slicer:

The slicer is the software that will generate the 3D printer instructions (.gcode) from a digital 3D model (STL file). It cuts the model into thin horizontal layers which are then treated like 2D drawing one above the other. The slicer is a Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software that will generate the toolpath for the 3D printer to complete the part.

Cura

Slic3r

 

Host:

The host software can control the 3D printer. This software sends the G code commands from the computer to the printer

Cura

Repetier

OctoPrint

Astroprint

Firmware:

Firmware is the software resident on the 3D printer motherboard. It interprets G code commands into stepper motor movements. The firmware must be configured for each 3D printer model.

Marlin