Talk: 3D printing

Posted by Paul Campbell on June 12, 2011 in Talks tagged with , ,

Here’s some references from the 3D printing talk:

First of all Thingiverse where you can find 1000s of things to build and make
http://www.thingiverse.com/

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The “reprap host” slicing application can be downloaded from reprap.org

http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Installing_RepRap_on_your_computer

you’ll need a working Java runtime to use it.
You need to download the config file for our working reprap from:

http://www.taniwha.com/~paul/reprap.properties

install it in ~/.reprap (or wherever else reprap host stores stuff on your computer). To slice:

  • press ‘load STL’ to load an object
  • drag the loaded object a little on to the be – about 1 square diagonally
  • press the green ‘Print’ button

always quit and restart reprap host between objects – put the resulting ‘.gcode’ file on a USB key and bring it in to print

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There’s also a design guide to help you make stuff that prints well:

http://www.reprap.org/wiki/File:FFFDesignGuide.pdf

OpenSCAD – the 3D CAD program I was using is available at:

http://openscad.org/

Instructions for repairing bogus STL files:

http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2010/08/04/the-makerbot-operators-tips-video-001-solving-manifold-problems-in-blender/
You can also use netfabb http://www.netfabb.com/.

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