O'Reilly logo

3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 3. 3D Printing Software

We will look to answer the question of how a CAD file gets turned into a 3D printed part. In the process we will touch on the different 3D printing software options and discuss many of the 3D printing options useful in printing a part. We will cover the following topics:

  • Introducing and discussing the two most common 3D printing software packages: MakerWare and ReplicatorG
  • Converting an .stl or .obj file to .x3g or .s3g
  • Behind the scenes view of how the software breaks down the model into a series of motor movements
  • Discussion of influencing print options
  • An example on printing the roof truss from Chapter 2, 3D Modeling Software

Software choices

If you remember from Chapter 2, 3D Modeling Software, we had an abundant number ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required