What's your 3D modeling software of choice?

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  1. Bhelliom

    Bhelliom Active Member

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    I sure love me some Sketchup.
     
  2. Jack1

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    I'm using google sketchup and have installed the STL extension. I need guidance on what I do from there. I have a mac and the stl file is sitting on my desktop. How do I begin the printing process?
     
  3. lps2

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    @Jack1, you are now going to use Software such as Cura to slice the .STL file. This will create the .gcode file your printer will use to print. On the support page, you can find the Cura settings that need to be used
     
  4. Zostix

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    @Bhelliom I can't for the life of me get used to sketchup. At least not to do small scale projects.

    I've been using tinkercad which has been great, but the big downside is that it's online based. Though it has great control and tool support.

    What I really want is a 4 split window like lightwave has, I just don't want that lightwave price tag. I'm going to try blender next.
     
  5. Ryan-3D

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    Recently, I've been trying out DesignSpark Mechanical. I'm pretty happy with it so far. The only thing that I've really struggled with so far is mirroring. I can't seem to figure that out. I'm an experienced AutoCAD user and I do a lot of modeling at work using Revit, but sometimes those skills don't seem to translate well to other software.

    DesignSpark has definitely been easier for me to use than Blender and AutoCAD 123D Design. I haven't used Sketchup in a couple of years, but that software was never all that intuitive to me either.
     
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    I can't seem to find the cure settings. Could anyone further direct me to instructions?
     
  7. Zostix

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    Shai Master printer guru Deltaprintr Staff

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    Oops, forgot that the old link for instructions was /support ... will get it up on the new site asap!
     
  9. Jack1

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    I am confused, I put the SD card into the slot and it says no SD card. I've been looking online what I need to do for example it say Init+ SD card which I don't know what that means. I have cure set up but without the SD card it won't do anything
     
  10. Zostix

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    If you're using the SD card from the kit, toss it and get another. I luckily had a 128 mb (yes mb) one laying about which is working perfect.

    If it's a different SD card hit Init SD card. It's fine or you can hit the blue button behind the card slot to reset the machine which will let it recognize it after it resets the printer. Then you can print from SD card.
     
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    Yeah I'm using the one from the kit that I got from the website. I tried reseting it with the blue button and no change occurred. So what should I do from here?
     
  12. Shai

    Shai Master printer guru Deltaprintr Staff

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    @Jack1 please make a new thread.
     
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  13. Ian Brennan

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    Toss it - it's a piece of junk.
     
  14. Mike Harmon

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    I modeled a ton in sketchup. It is my go to for teaching my 8th graders. Free and simple for the 3 weeks I have them modeling.

    I have also grown fond of TinkerCAD. It is crazy simple and you can model some pretty sweet stuff with rudimentary skills. I have some videos I have created for my students if anyone wants to check them out. They are all on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCn4KZHC7_8MpyVCVfdwYAw

    Mesh Maker is another tool that I am enjoying fiddling with. Cannot claim to have knowledge of it, but I just keep tweaking stuff till I am happy.
     
  15. Mike Harmon

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    Forgot OpenSCAD. Really cool tool! Used to teach math, so I love to see creations that are math centric. Solved some really cool projects with the screw libraries too. Had a water rocket launcher and was able to solve an issue that had driven me batty for years by printing the part that should have been there all along. =)
     
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    OpenSCAD. But I only really do mechanical type stuff (enclosures, parts, etc). Not anything artistic. (Though I made a signet ring once with it)
     
  17. denys

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    I use TinkerCAD and nothing else. A couple of others have been tried but I could not get my head around them. Even Sketchup!
    FreeCAD is one I've installed but could not make sense of it either. Oh, I run a Mac so most of the Windows ones are out.
    Math based ones scare me off ;) Maths was never one of my strength so I'll probably stick to TinkerCAD.
     
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  18. Matthias Peschek

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    I use autodesk fusion 360 for more complex models.
    Openscad for simpler models and for those I want to be parametric.
    Sometimes I "design/sketch" a model in fusion 360 and later redesign it in openscad once I now the "basic shapes/cuts".
     
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