Vandal Forge Printer Software
|Duration||Fall 2017 - Spring 2018|
The goal of this project is to customize existing 3D Plastic Printer software to handle the requirements of a 3D Metal Printer.
Current printing software is not customized for a 3D metal printer.
The Mark I 3D Metal Printer requires a custom print instructions file. Currently users must manually modify the printer instructions file that is created by the Slicer software.
- Slic3r software customized to produce 3D metal printer instructions. Slic3r takes a 3D model, "slices" it into print layers and creates printing instructions for the Printer.
- OctoPrint software customized for 3D metal printing. Octoprint is the interface between the Printer and the printing instructions created by Slic3r.
Team Goals and Objectives
To improve the quality of the VandalForge Software while extending usability to allow further customization for future project endeavors.
Goals for Slicing Software
- Easy to use
- Integrates with OctoPrint
- Modify the GCode output for immediate use with Forgeware
- Can remove horizontal shells, infill, and interaction
- Modify Slic3r with the ability to store temperature data from an active
- Add additional options for heat and temperature control
- Add Real time slicing
Goals for Hosting Software
- Have convenient GUI for ease of use
- Updates with print info in real time
- Remove the plastic printer exclusive options from GUI
- Add functionality using a regular and infrared camera
- Add a real time temperature display of the active print
- Gather Specifications and Research Software
- Research OctoPrint Host Software
- Customize GCode File output via Slic3r Software
- Design Review
- Make Modifications to OctoPrint Software
- Investigate new Printing Algorithms for Slic3r
- Integrate with the Mark I Metal Printer
- Add Features specific for the Mark II Metal Printer
From left: James Young, Tim Clemans, Michael Madsen, Jonathan Buch