3D Printing with MatterControl by Joan Horvath

By Joan Horvath

In 3D Printing With MatterControl, Joan Horvath and wealthy Cameron, the workforce in the back of Mastering 3D Printing, clarify step by step tips to use the MatterControl application, which lets you keep watch over many universal different types of 3D printers (including either cartesian and delta kind machines). 3D Printing With MatterControl can stand by myself, or it may be a spouse to Mastering 3D Printing to teach you the way to put in, configure, and use top practices together with your printer and printing software program. The booklet comprises either step-by-step software program walkthroughs and case reviews with ordinary 3D revealed gadgets.

Whether you're a "maker" or a instructor of makers, 3D Printing with MatterControl will provide help to get the main from your printer with the hot commonplace for open resource 3D printing software.

While there are books to be had on 3D printers, or even a number of on software program to make types for printers, there are few solid resources overlaying the software program that really controls those printers. MatterControl is rising because the major open resource software program for 3D printers, and 3D Printing With MatterControl covers this new normal during this short book.

What you’ll learn

  • 3D version fundamentals and cutting the model
  • Controlling the printer and utilizing G code
  • Working with diversified fabrics and assorted printing events
  • Using MatterControl plug-ins
  • Using your 3D printer within the classroom
  • Basic post-processing and troubleshooting

Who this e-book is for

Makers, scholars, academics, hackerspace leaders, and somebody who wishes step by step tips on utilizing MatterControl 3D printer software program.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The 3D-Printing Ecosystem

Chapter 1. The computing device 3D Printer

Chapter 2. what's MatterControl?

Chapter three. Downloading and Configuring MatterControl

Part 2: The 3D-Printing Process

Chapter four. creating a 3D version

Chapter five. cutting a 3D version

Chapter 6. Controlling your 3D Printer

Chapter 7. fabric concerns

Chapter eight. targeted instances

Part three: Your Printer at Work

Chapter nine. dossier and Settings administration and the contact Tablet

Chapter 10. Case stories and school room Tips

Chapter eleven. MatterControl Plugins

Chapter 12. Troubleshooting and Post-Processing

Appendix A. Supported Printer Manufacturers

Appendix B. Links

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Figure 2-6. Text creator plugin output Using an SD Card Your printer may come with an SD card reader. SD cards are the cards in some cameras that store pictures until you can copy them to a computer. You can save files from MatterControl onto an SD card inserted into your laptop. Check your manufacturer’s instructions to see whether the file needs to be named something in particular to be recognized, or use the LCD interface on your printer to select the file to print. The MatterControl Touch Tablet MatterControl also runs on a dedicated tablet (see Figure 2-7), called the MatterControl Touch, available from MatterHackers.

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