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Instant Slic3r

Book Description

Unravel the mysteries behind taking a virtual model and turning it into a physical object

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results

  • Use Slic3r to make your printed objects the best quality possible

  • Make Slic3r work for you, automating tasks and doing post processing on Slic3r output

  • The book is put together in a friendly and accessible manner to help walk you through the learning and how to use the software

In Detail

One of the most critical parts of 3D printing is taking a 3D model and converting it to a format that a 3D printer can print. Slic3r is one of the best pieces of software out there. It gives great control over how an object is converted, and can save you hours upon hours of frustration by producing great prints. This book will show you how.

Instant Slic3r strives to give you a good foundation for what Slic3r can do. It offers a hands-on way to learn about how Slic3r works, and how you can use its powerful features to produce great prints. It takes you from the beginning setup, through advanced features such as post processing the G-Code that it produces. You will get a good grasp on how Slic3r works, and ways to troubleshoot your prints to make the best objects your printer can produce.

Instant Slic3r covers where to get Slic3r and how to install it on a variety of platforms, and helps lead you through the setup and tweaking your personal printer settings. The book is clearly laid out and easy to follow, but with information that even experienced users of Slic3r will find useful. You will learn how Slic3r converts your model into G-Code. Then, you will learn how to not only read that G-Code, but how you can write scripts for post-processing the output, before it is sent to the printer. You will also learn what things can go wrong with printing, and how you can use Slic3r to troubleshoot the issue and then fix it. Along with this, you will learn how to improve your printing by delving into Slic3r’s expert settings.

The book is filled with examples, leading you through not only how to do things, but why they need to be done. After you are finished with this book, you will have a deeper understanding of Slic3r and 3D printing.

Table of Contents

  1. Instant Slic3r
    1. Instant Slic3r
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewer
    5. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    7. 1. Instant Slic3r
      1. Getting and installing Slic3r (Must know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Getting older builds
          2. Running from source code
          3. Installing on Raspberry Pi
      2. Calibrating Slic3r to your printer (Must know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Testing the settings and printing our first model
          2. Saving our configuration
          3. Slic3r profiles
      3. Using Slic3r with other printer software (Should know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Other printer software
      4. Layer height, fill settings, and perimeters in our objects (Should know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
          1. Layer height
          2. Perimeters
          3. Infill settings
        4. There's more...
          1. Vases and other hollow objects
      5. Print speed, cooling, support material, and more... (Should know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
          1. Switching to the Expert mode:
          2. Changing the Infill settings:
          3. Changing Speed settings
          4. Changing the Skirt and Brim settings
          5. Changing the Support material settings
          6. Changing Cooling settings
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Multiple extruders
          2. Vibration
      6. Troubleshooting your prints (Should know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
      7. Running Slic3r from the command line (Become an expert)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
      8. The basics of G-code (Should know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
      9. Post processing with Slic3r (Become an expert)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. There's more...