Archive for slicing 3D files

Worlds Collide: 3D Printing Experience Informs Metal Sculpting

Dynatorch Super B 4x4 CNC Plasma TableSince I became a full-time artist in 2006, I’ve purchased and used a lot of tools. A lot of tools. If you took the recent video tour of my studio, you see many of them, and yes, I use them all. Using the right tool for the job can mean the difference between a job well done and one that turns out just OK, and the difference between spending hours and committing days to a single task.

Recently, I “moved up” in the world of metal working with a purchase of a Dynatorch Super B 4×4 Plasma CNC table (right). This tool allows me do jobs in an hour that would have taken me days, and does them better. It cuts out the metal accurately and cleanly – no more cutting close, then trimming or grinding to size!

The CNC table is a game changer for me, much like my 3D printers have been.

Interestingly enough, my experience with 3D printing helped me get up to speed on the Super B a lot faster than I would have otherwise ….

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The 3 Biggest Myths About 3D Printing

Any time there is new technology – fax machines, the Internet, electric cars – claims abound it. New!

“This will change the world like nothing before it!”

“You’ll never have to [fill in the blank] again!”

“Your life will be easier and better than ever before!”

Of course, some of these claims end up being true, but often they blow the benefits out of proportion ….

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Reality check

A small container - Kevin CaronI’ve been playing with the CubeX and the Cerberus 3D 250 for a while and decided to take on a little project with Cerberus 3D’s Gigante deltabot printer.

I designed a hexagonal bin with swirling sections around the outside using Geomagic. I used the “shell” command, thinking it would give me a relatively slim container with the swirl embedded on the sides.

Surprise!

I still have a lot to learn about using CAD, translating through Kisslicer and into the printer …..

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After CAD it’s time to slice ….

After I create my design in my CAD (computer aided design) program, as I talked about in last week’s post, it’s time to take the .STL file into a slicing program.

With my Cubex printer, the slicer is built into the host program, taking you from the CAD design right to the host program. While it was one less apparent step, you also had no control over the process, and slicing is pretty important.

Slicing is the step in which the item you are going to print is reduced to planes, each of which will be laid down by extruder types of printers. Both the Cubex and Cerberus 3D’s deltabot printers are extruders.

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