Once you have a 3D model from a CAD program, a slicer will create the commands to deposit melted plastic, one layer at a time. A host program lets you control your printer to send individual commands. This video introduces common slicer and/or host programs.
- [Instructor] 3D printers are robots, … and mostly not very smart robots at that. … To create a 3D print, we have … to tell them in a lot of detail, what to do. … There are two types of software that are used … to interact with 3D printers, slicers and hosts, … though all of the programs we talk about have the ability … to function as both. … - [Narrator] Programs that take a model … created in a CAD program, … and turn it into commands for a printer, are called slicers. … This is because they slice a model into layers, … and then create commands … to deposit melted plastic one layer at a time. … Host programs are the ones that talk to a printer directly, … usually over a USB connection. … A host can send instructions to a printer … and then monitor a print in progress. … But it must be connected throughout the print process … to do this. … Hosts also have manual controls … that are useful for maintenance … and troubleshooting purposes. … At this point, … the line between slicers and hosts is blurring. …
- 3D printing: An overview
- Popular slicing and host programs
- Achieving the best print quality
- Printing hollow and solid components
- Adjusting slicer settings
- Making prints stick to the printer bed
- Adjusting thickness
- Setting printer temperature and speed
- Working with multiple extruders
- Using G-code
Skill Level Intermediate
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Additive Manufacturing: Troubleshoot 3D Printswith Rich Cameron1h 43m Intermediate
Who this course is for1m 13s
1. 3D Printer Settings
2. Slicer and Host Programs
3. Slicer Settings: Print Quality
4. Slicer Settings: Making a Print Stick
5. Slicer Settings: Issues with Extruding Hot Plastic
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