For the design of 3D models, the following software can be used:
- Open scad - Openscad is a open source software for creating solid 3D Cad objects (available on Wndows, MacOS and Unix/Linux). Openscad is a scripting language
- Fusion 360 Fusion 360 is an integrated CAD/CAM/CAE software to design 3D models. For personal use it is free of charge (available on Windows, MacOS)
- Tinkercad Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding.
For the printing a models, you need a .STL design file of the model. Any CAD software that is able to convert your design into a STL files is suitable for designing for the 3D printers. Alternatives are Sketch and Blender.
The printer needs a GCODE file as input. A .STL file can be converted into a GCODE by:
- Cura Cura is used to slice the model and prepare the GCODE (file extension .NGO). To feed model the GCODE needs to be copied to a SD-card. The SD-card reader is on the front of the 3D printer
- Slic3r Slic3r is used to slice the model and prepare the GCODE. To feed model the GCODE (file extension .NGO) needs to be copied to a SD-card. The SD-card reader is on the front of the 3D printer
- PrintRun PrintRun allows direct control of the printer and offer more opportunities than Cura/Slic3r. The GCODE file is uploaded via the USB connection on th ebackside of the printer.
The Makerspace has two near identical 3D printers: