How do I convert stl into a gcode file?

Mr. Lancett told me about the software Slic3r, which is used to convert file into gcode.

It includes real-time incremental slicing, 3D preview, toolpaths preview,3D honeycomb, customizable bed shape, integration with OctoPrint, pressure regulation.

For tutorials, I used¬† to learn the basics of slic3r. With this software I’ll be able to change the print settings and export as a gcode file. I played around with it a bit, and it seems pretty easy to use especialy with the badic tutorial. However, I’ll still need to ask Mr. Lancett for the school printer’s information so I can add it into the program.

Site – do MLA later:


Where can I learn about 123D? Write down important notes.

I’ll use for tutorials, since it is convenience (where I used it for my IT project too). I found a tutorial learning how to use 123D in one and a half hour. It’s pretty short (compare to Blender – 6 hours and AutoCAD – 7 hours).

Up and Running with 123D Design

with Kacie Hultgren

Topics include:

  • Adding primitives
  • Drawing shapes, lines, and splines
  • Trimming and extending
  • Transforming and snapping
  • Measuring and duplicating
  • Modifying solids
  • Extruding, sweeping, revolving, and lofting solids
  • Splitting faces and solids
  • Staying organized with groups and hidden objects
  • Creating patterns
  • Adding text
  • Saving and exporting a 3D design

I’ll take notes as I watch the tutorial. Click READ MORE for the notes.

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What is 3D printing? How does it work?

3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing, is used to make any three-dimensional objects by adding materials to the object layer by layer. This process is called “sterolithography” (Stephanie Crawford, 2011)To print an object, you need to design your object through software like AutoCAD. Then you send the file to your 3D printer to create the product. (Matt Petronzio, 2013) 3D printers would go through the process of “sterolithography”, which is similar to the process of forming stalactites except it is a lot faster.

This came from a Science One-World Essay I wrote last year in 9th grade. I became interested in this technique since then. Although my essay was focused on 3D printing’s advantages and disadvantages, it would still be a good idea for my background information.

C, Cadwalladr. “Environmental Impact.” ETHICS IN 3-D PRINTING. Weebly, 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.

Petronzio, Matt. “How 3D Printing Actually Works.” Mashable. Mashable, 28 Mar. 2013. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.