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Make: 3D Printing by Anna Kaziunas France

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Chapter 4. Getting Started with Slic3r

So you have a 3D printer and a 3D file, but now what? Well, you have to slice it up into layers and create a G-code file, which you’ll then send to your 3D printer. There are many software options for slicing 3D models in preparation for 3D printing including: Slic3r, KISSlicer, CuraEngine, MakerBot Slicer, and Skeinforge. (See Slicing Software for more on each of these options). Some of these “slicers” are integrated into printer control software and some, like Slic3r and KISSlicer can be used independently of control software.

Slic3r has become a popular option because it’s open source, cross-platform, free to use, relatively quick, ...

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