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Printing software on 2017?

Posted by Hauser 
Printing software on 2017?
August 14, 2017 12:08AM
Hi all,

I've been off the grid for quite some time rgarding 3d printing and it's time to start again.

I'm looking for all I need to start from zero and I noticed that Pronterface hasn't been updated for more than 2 years now.

Is it still reliable? is there any good free alternative to print from the computer? I'm working with a Prusa i3 and OSX


Thanks a lot in advance,
Re: Printing software on 2017?
August 14, 2017 12:57AM
Pronterface is still very reliable, lot of people don't like it because is not all glitzy and glamorous, which is the same reason I like it

the github shows recent activity [github.com]

The pre made binaries at [kliment.kapsi.fi] are somewhat out of date... I would go with the code from the guthub, if you can.


Cura is also quite popular [ultimaker.com] It not just for ultimaker

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/14/2017 12:58AM by Dust.
Re: Printing software on 2017?
August 14, 2017 06:56AM
Also take a look at Repetier host/firmware has a nice 'glitzy' interface and i find it very reliable.
Re: Printing software on 2017?
August 14, 2017 01:28PM
Thank you both for your responses!
Re: Printing software on 2017?
October 19, 2017 01:54PM
Ive been using Cura for some time now on my i3 with great results.
Tried Kissclicer and Slic3r and didnt care for them.
Re: Printing software on 2017?
October 20, 2017 03:57AM
Users of Duets and now also Alligator boards running RepRapFirmware don't use a host program, because the web interface provides all that functionality and a lot more besides. See [reprap.org].

You still need to use a slicer to generate the GCode file. The most popular ones right now seem to be the Prusa edition of Slic3r, Cura, and Simplify3D. As you have to pay for Simplify3D and it doesn't seem to be improving as fast as the other two (which are free), I expect its popularity to decline.


Delta printer calibration calculator, mini IR Z probe, and colour touch screen control panel: [escher3d.com]

Large delta printer, and other 3D printer blog postings: [miscsolutions.wordpress.com]

Disclosure: I have a financial interest in sales of the Panel Due, Mini IR height sensor, and Duet WiFi/Duet Ethernet [www.duet3d.com].
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