[Lab] 3D Printer Assembly + Artengine Blog

Andrew Plumb andrew at plumb.org
Mon May 3 10:36:32 EDT 2010

Hey Ryan,

Did anyone get back to you on documenting the process?  I'll bring along my own HV20 (with Raynox HD-7000PRO wide angle lens), tripod and a few tapes to set up in a corner and capture activity in addition to whatever others are doing.

Software to install on the ArtEngine Mac(s):

-Arduino 0018 if it's not there already.
  - http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

- ReplicatorG 0014: http://replicat.org/download
  - Installation instructions: http://replicat.org/installation-mac
  - If you haven't done any arduino stuff, be sure to explicitly install the included FTDI USB2TTL drivers.

- Python (preferably v2.6) if it's not there already.
  - I use MacPorts (http://www.macports.org/) for my CLI tools.

- SkeinFox, v1.5: http://wiki.github.com/jmil/SkeinFox/
  - A more friendly UI for skeinforge slicing models.
  - Install git- for OS X: http://code.google.com/p/git-osx-installer/downloads/list?can=3
  - Download & Install SkeinFox: http://github.com/jmil/SkeinFox/downloads

- Pleasant3D: http://www.pleasantsoftware.com/developer/pleasant3d/index.shtml
  - For visualizing STL models before slicing and the resulting GCode after slicing.
  - Very useful for centring and repositioning STL models for optimal build platform printing.

- MeshLab: http://www.meshlab.org/
  - Useful for troubleshooting 3D model issues, converting between formats, scaling from imperial to metric units, etc.

- Google SketchUp 7 (not Pro): http://sketchup.google.com/download/gsu.html

- Blender 2.49b: http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

- OpenSCAD:  http://openscad.org/
  - Use the "openscad-latest.dmg" version: http://www.kintel.net/public/openscad-latest.dmg

That should cover the essentials!


On 2010-04-29, at 10:56 AM, Ryan Stec wrote:

> Hey Everyone,
> I thought I would send out a bit more advanced notice of the next Mod Lab as the MakerBot kit is in and hopefully people can make it out for this one.
> I actually will not be able too as I must go to a festival in Montreal starting on Wednesday. 
> I am wondering also if someone would like to document the process and do a blog entry for the Artengine blog. We pay a whopping $50 for the entries, but at least it makes it so you are not volunteering ;) Drop me an email if you are interested.
> Cheers,
> Ryan
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