Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by jeffroig » 08 Sep 2018, 22:41

Interesting topic, I think this is a matter of preference. I do all my design work in TS 7.6 and export everything out as STL.
I then will use sketchup to double check the dimensions before printing.
I use Cura to Slice/Export Gcode.
Sketchup is a fairly okay software for designing it, its interface can be frustrating but there are many video tutorials out there to help.
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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by bitkar » 11 Sep 2018, 08:43

what about 123D or something from that family?
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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by jeffroig » 11 Sep 2018, 21:56

I have to be honest I have never used 123D, I am familiar with Lightwave,Poser and 3D Studio Max but other than 3D Studio non of them offer STL export.
My work flow for printing is like this.
1) Design in TS
2) Export out as 3DS file.
3) Import 3DS into Sketchup
4) In Sketchup do final inspection and measuring.
5) Export out of Sketchup as STL
6) Import into Cura and do Layers inspection
7) Save GCODE and start printing.
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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by the_ant » 02 Jan 2019, 08:18

My work flow for printing is like this:

1) 2D in DraftSight (DassaultSystemes) if needed (then Export 2D polylines in Autocad ver.12 ascii-DXF)
2) Modeling in tSp (7.61beta8 with bridge: using modelside and some booleans in workside)
3) Create .stl with tSp
4) Import into Cura (for my Creality Ender 2 the ver.15.04 is very good) and do Layers inspection
5) Save GCODE and start printing.

One of results is my Avatar Upgrade! :bananahi:
IMG_20190102_083924 x tSp 500.jpg
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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by bitkar » 02 Jan 2019, 09:44

gratz for the new avatar! :)

I see tS STL is pretty usable, thats nice.
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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by Rhino169 » 01 Jan 2020, 18:34

Long time no post!

I was just modelling and 3d printing from truespace 6.6 last night and today. I save as a .stl file to OneDrive and then download it from there into my 3d printer and print. I have a SeemeCNC Rostock Max v2 printer. It looks like they are on V4 now.

https://www.seemecnc.com/collections/3d-printers

It works great so far.

I have had the potential to have my design molded, but the guy at the injection mold shop couldn't use the .stl code. I believe he was using Solidworks. He has mentioned using .stp or .iges. I believe my TS6.6 can save files that way, but I'm not 100% sure.

Has anyone saved files to be used in the injection molding process before or to Solidworks?

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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by Rhino169 » 01 Jan 2020, 18:49

the_ant wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 08:18
My work flow for printing is like this:

1) 2D in DraftSight (DassaultSystemes) if needed (then Export 2D polylines in Autocad ver.12 ascii-DXF)
2) Modeling in tSp (7.61beta8 with bridge: using modelside and some booleans in workside)
3) Create .stl with tSp
4) Import into Cura (for my Creality Ender 2 the ver.15.04 is very good) and do Layers inspection
5) Save GCODE and start printing.

One of results is my Avatar Upgrade! :bananahi:
IMG_20190102_083924 x tSp 500.jpg
Is this Cura program free? Can it be used without signing up for anything?
Just checking.

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Re: Most Popular Software for 3D Printing

Post by the_ant » 02 Jan 2020, 09:22

Yes it is...and it's constantly upgraded ...nevertheless i work with the (oldest but simplest as wrote in the post) version in the free usb-key arrived with the kit of the printer.

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