Monday, January 9, 2012

3D Printing Part 1 - Software Setup

To design objects for 3D printing on the Makerbot, you'll need to create a 3D file to send to us. The easiest way to create a 3D file is using Google Sketchup and a free plugin.
  1. Download and install Sketchup (if it's not already installed, and you have permission to install it)
  2. Download and install the DXF or STL export plugin
That's all you need in order to design 3D models, which is the topic of our next post.

However if you'd like to look at the software that we use for printing, you can download ReplicatorG. ReplicatorG is the program used to drive the Makerbot, and it includes Skeinforge which is a program for turning 3D files (STL files) into g-code that the printer understands.

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