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  • 3D Printer Software

    Posted on August 15th, 2015 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    The printer needs special software to run.

    On the printer there is an Arduino board (a open source circuit board with an Atmel microcontroller). This Arduino controls all the parts of the printer and has it’s own program. This program has configuration options that needed to be set up for my printer and then it was uploaded from the PC to the Arduino by a USB cable.

    The standard software on the PC side for Reprap and open source 3d printers is Printrun. It is a set of Python programs that run on your PC to control your 3D printer. After installing Python and several Python libraries, I was able to install Printrun.

    One of the main programs in Printrun is Pronterface (yes, that is spelled correctly.) Pronterface connects to the arduino on your 3D Printer and lets you control you 3D printer using a graphical interface. I was able to move all the motors on the printer from Pronterface running on my computer.

    Now things are getting interesting! It’s getting easier to see how this is all going to come together.

    There are some little things left to do and some calibration, but the two main things are the heatbed and the assembly that actually feeds the plastic into the printer.


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