Find answers to common questions to help you get started with 3D printing. If you can’t find the answer to your question – please contact us
Any 3D modelling software that is capable of producing STL files or files capable of being converted to STL files.
Many of these modelling softwares are available for free download.
Once you have a 3D model design, it needs to be converted into printing instructions for your THREEDY 3D printer. This is done by “slicing” the model into horizontal layers (slices) – so that the object can be built from the bottom up.
Slicing software takes STL files and generates G-code for your THREEDY 3D Printer. Suitable slicing software includes Cura, Slic3r, KISSlicer and all other RepRap 5d firmware compatible slicers eg Repetier, Skeinforge, Simplify3D
If you don’t fancy designing your own prints, there are loads of 3D printable files available on the world wide web that you can download to print on your own 3D printer.
Some offer professionally designed models, others are creations shared by other users. Many are free, some also offer premium 3D print files.
Whilst this list is in no way complete, here are links to some websites you may like to try.
Explore, find something that takes your fancy, have fun with your THREEDY 3D printer!
We love to see what you’ve been printing with your THREEDY – please do keep in touch and send us photographs of your creations!
Your 3D printer is no use unless you have something for it to print! You need a 3D model file. You may wish to download a model, but if you are feeling creative or need to make something specific that isn’t available elsewhere (after all, that is surely one of the joys of 3D printing – to be original and design your own) you need to start by creating your own 3D model.
Once you have a 3D model design, it needs to be converted into printing instructions for your THREEDY 3D printer. This is done using slicing software, which “slices” the model in the STL file into horizontal layers (slices) and generates G-code, which provides the instructions to your THREEDY 3D Printer.
Finally – transfer the G-code to your THREEDY printer on an SD Card and you are ready to print.
Get Creative! Have fun!
Do keep in touch – we would love to see what you have been printing on your THREEDY 3D printer!