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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2017, 06:55:07 AM »
Get her a Raspberry Pi too!
https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b

Linux based $35, credit card sized computer with GPIO for running external projects. Large, Mature community and lots of documented project!

Lobo, what kind of dad do you take me for?? OF COURSE I WILL GET HER A PI!!!! Because she aint getting mine! ;D
I have 2x Pi1 model Bs, 2x Pi Zeros and one Pi3. The Pi3 is running homebridge for my WeMo devices and controlling my garage Arduino MKR1000. One model B is connected to my TV running retropi. I was thinking of getting the PiTop for her but I don't like the price.  I hope to get her into Raspberry Pi and Arduino. I should get her started in scratch now.

This is for another thread, but I wonder how the laser engraver controllers would work with an Arduino 101 or MKR1000.....32 bit instead of 16......

When I get my 3D printer, I hope to attach a Pi and either run Octoprint or actually use the Pi for my modeling. Kind of an all in one setup. I would love to do that with the laser engraver as well. Too bad T2L and BCL wont run on Raspbian......(hint hint :o)
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2017, 09:46:48 AM »
>Too bad T2L and BCL wont run on Raspbian

T2 and BCL run on Microsofts .NET framework. For this reason, we cannot re-compile our source code under a different CPU/OS platform. The compiled source code expects to find the .NET framework library in which to make calls into and fetch data out of. On top of that is another framework of sorts called the Common Language Runtime (CLR) library which would be missing under another OS. It's a pretty complex setup for the .NET Framework.

In the 'old days' if you wanted to port your app over to another OS/platform, all you had to do was re-compile your source code for the new CPU. With Microsoft's .NET Framework, that has all changed and it doesn't work that way anymore.

To be able to run BCL on another OS would mean rewriting most or a very large part of the code. BCL relies on several libraries that wouldn't be available on another OS thus all of that capability would have to be created by hand, from scratch, and that simply isn't going to happen. It would take me a year to write the lib code needed. Add at least another 6 months for the rest of the code rerwrite and you're looking at 18 months to roll out a Pi or Linux version of BCL.

And, no offense, that market is much smaller than the windows market, so in the end, a port to Pi or Linux just wouldn't be cost effective for to do.
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2017, 10:12:07 AM »
Ralph, absolutely no offense taken. I have read elsewhere on this forum virtually the same thing you just wrote. I completely understand, just had to get that joke in there.

One problem I see with your software being ported to linux or raspbian is the fact that not only would it be a small market, it would be a small "maker" market. I have not found ANY software for the Pi that I would actually pay for, thus rendering the profit making of T2L and BCL nil.

There are gcode controllers for the pi and linux.....yeah  :-\

When I said that for the Pi, that was completely wishful thinking. I just wish WINE would work with the .net frameworks so people could purchase your software and use it on a Linux, Raspbian, Mac machine. I know that ball is not in your court, again wishful thinking.

Keep up the good work! It is going to be mid 50s *F here this weekend for me, so I might actually get to do some engraving. Now that my machine is running smooth, I might try and actually CUT something. Ralph, know of some good software for cutting?  ;D ;)
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2017, 10:25:30 AM »
I've been 3D printing for about a month and a half so I'm no expert but this is what I've learned: I use both the freeware Slic3r version that came with my Prusa printer and I spent the money on Simplify 3D. I prefer Simplify, it produces better prints for me, the support structures work better and are easier to remove than the supports from Slic3r. However, Slic3r has a feature that allows you to cut parts - you can do something similarly in Simplify by dropping the section you don't want printed below the Z axis, but Slic3r actually lets you isolate just the section you want to print, horizontally and vertically. Simplify, however, gives you more control over parameters.

I have a copy of Cura but I haven't tried playing around with it. I'm trying to get a product to market, not learn how to use every software program there is.

I'm sure that any of the widely used slicing software packages will give you adequate results, but as I have found, one or the other might work better for particular parts or plastics.

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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2017, 10:25:50 AM »
>Ralph, know of some good software for cutting?

Yes, I hear T2 cuts pretty good!! (Really).
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2017, 10:29:14 AM »
>I just wish WINE would work with the .net frameworks

My understanding is that WINE is having problems with the com ports.
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2017, 10:52:55 AM »
WINE has problems with everything. Com ports, .net framework.

From my experience, anything other than a stand-alone app, good luck making it work.

WINE makes me want to drink wine.
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #37 on: February 15, 2017, 11:15:08 AM »
This post says BCL runs OK on a Mac using Parallels:

http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,1450.msg18252.html#msg18252
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #38 on: February 15, 2017, 11:49:04 AM »
This post says BCL runs OK on a Mac using Parallels:

http://benboxlaser.us/index.php/topic,1450.msg18252.html#msg18252

yea. would love to but i have a few win8 & win10 machines. hard to pony up $80 to run it on the Mac
but that is just me
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Re: Best 3D printer software
« Reply #39 on: June 17, 2017, 11:09:27 PM »

There is a story going around (I don't really know if its true or not) where the guys up in the International Space Station needed a special tool to fix something that broke...NASA designed the tool in a CAD program and exported it to an .stl file and emailed it to them...they printed it out and made the fix using the tool!

FYI .. it was true .. sort of, it was to prove it could be done.

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/3Dratchet_wrench
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« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2017, 12:22:54 PM »
FYI .. it was true .. sort of, it was to prove it could be done.

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/3Dratchet_wrench

Just think how much less trouble they would have had on Apollo 13 if they had had a 3D printer then! These scrubbers don't fit those. No problem, print an adapter!

(Whisper) of course if NASA had been smarter they would have made sure all Co2 scrubbers were standardized, then it would have not been a problem!
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