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Make: 3D Printing by Anna Kaziunas France

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Chapter 2. Software for 3D Printing

You’ve got a shiny new 3D printer and a brilliant idea for your first original design—now what?

Creating and printing your own unique 3D models requires three kinds of software. First, there’s the 3D modeling program used to design the shape of your creation. Traditionally, the use of software to prototype physical objects has been referred to as computer-aided design (CAD). Second, there’s the computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) program (commonly referred to as a slicer) that converts your model into specific, mechanical instructions for the printer robot. Third, there’s the printer control software, or client, that sends ...

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