Simple Process From CAD to 3D Print

Joe Binka, Development Engineer with 3D Platform, how easy the process is to go from CAD to a large format 3D print.

3DP Representative Mark Huebner talks with Development Engineer, Joe Binka, about the software process of model creation to printed part. Mark starts off by asking, “What is the process you are going through from the very beginning when you create a solid model, and what is the software you use?”

Joe: Initially, we take any CAD data, whether it’s from SolidWorks or any other software, and export an STL file. Next, we bring the STL file into our slicing software or our sending software and position it on the bed. If we want to have 20 parts being printed at one time, we can easily do that with our sending software. Then, we send it to our slicer program, and at this point make decisions regarding solid parts, infill, or any extra adjustments.

Mark: When you say slicer program, what actually happens when you take your solid model and put it in slicer?

Joe: Exactly what it sounds like. That slice is the parceled into multiple layers, creating all the g-code for the machine. Everything is there that needs to run the print. It will adjust the temperatures in the extruders, control the speeds and feeds, and do everything correctly.

Mark: So, you use that slicer program to create the signals that go to the printer. What then is your process from there?

Joe: Literally click “print,” and that will send the file out to the Arduino board. It will do all the g-code parsing from there. One other option is to put the g-code onto an SD-card and then the SD-card can be inserted into the printer. In this way you can disregard your laptop and pretty much walk away while it’s printing.

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