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Idiot's Guides: 3D Printing by Cameron Coward

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CHAPTER11

Software Setup and Printer Control

In This Chapter

  • The purpose of firmware and host software
  • How slicing software works
  • Common host control commands and useful G-code

Before you can actually print anything, you have to set up the software to slice models and control the 3D printer. There are many options for these programs, and it’s possible that your 3D printer may be restricted to one particular software package. However, the settings and setup process tend to be fairly similar between all of them.

In this chapter, you learn about your printer’s firmware, as well as how to choose host and slicing software. I then discuss how you ...

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