3d building software

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superalex
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3d building software

Post by superalex » 22 Nov 2017, 00:32

what software do you guys use?
i'm experienced in autocad (also 3d) and sketchup
i pretend to print a PLC enclosure

what do you recommend?

thanks

MrDoom
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Re: 3d building software

Post by MrDoom » 23 Nov 2017, 10:40

Hello,

I use fusion 360, it is free for makers and if you follow a tutorial for it it is a very powerful tool to work with, with very few limitations :)

For the slicer I would recommend slic3r prusa edition has it has given me the best results from all the slicers I tried

superalex
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Re: 3d building software

Post by superalex » 26 Nov 2017, 04:01

thanks

i've start to draw my PLC enclosure in sketchup and i intend to print it in cura

i have theese doubts:

a normal 2d printer only moves the y axel in one direction. it prints one row after another
a 3d printer moves the y axel in both directions, so it has to "choose" the route of the movement to complete the drawing

is that route choice made by the printer or by the slicer software?

how does it work?

can we control it?

MrDoom
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Re: 3d building software

Post by MrDoom » 27 Nov 2017, 11:01

usually the slicer chooses it automatically in a way to minimize unnecessary motion and wasted time while printing, some slicers, like simplify 3d allow you to choose in which direction the slicer should try to move, clockwise or anticlockwise, and the order of printing, either inside out or outside in.

From my experience altough Simplify 3d appears to have the most efficient decisions on the movement, all of the recent slicers do a pretty good job on that regard.

The printer itself is quite "dumb" it works by executing Gcodes which are just a set of instruction on where to move each axis, the only kind of processing happening is to limit the speed to the acceleration and jerk settings present in the firmware

Maya
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Re: 3d building software

Post by Maya » 01 Feb 2018, 13:09

I personally use Archicad and its libraries

zabumba
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Re: 3d building software

Post by zabumba » 10 May 2018, 22:48

I'm using Inventor.

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