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That is an interesting question…
Simply because it is not the printer transforming the data. It only receives instructions on how to move, where to lay the filament and so on. The 3D printer merely receives instructions and has no real data transforming powers.
3D printers need 3D data already transformed to their operating language in order to produce the object you want printed. To do that, it takes what is called by middle-ware software, others call it a slicer, to make the transformation. That middle-ware is placed on your computer.
To learn more about 3D data transformation just continue to read our article. It is filled with the information you need to know about in order to understand 3D printing better.
It may be nice to think that your 3D printer is somewhat of a genius computer making calculations, receiving data, changing it into print instructions and then printing the object. It would be great to have such a device and you do. It is called your computer.
On the computer you place the file you want printed, then the middle-ware software changes it from the CAD language to G code . From there a slicer program transforms the G-code into I/0 analog and digital instructions layer by layer.
That is the simplified way things work when you want to print using a 3D printer. All the firmware, software, middle-ware or slicer are placed on your computer and it does all the work
If the 3D printer could do all of that, then you would not need your computer to handle those tasks. All you would need would be a USB port and a keyboard and monitor.
The following steps are also simplified so you can understand them better. The tricky part is converting the files into the right format so your 3D printer can print correctly.
|Step one||Select the CAD or equivalent design software you want to use|
|Step two||Use your computer to convert the drawing to STL file format|
|Step three||Transfer the fire to the computer operating the3D printer, make your settings at this point|
|Step four||Make any adjustments to the file you need to based on the type of 3D printer you are using|
|Step five||Start your build project and this may take some time|
|Step six||Once completed remove the object from the build bed being careful not to touch any toxic materials or hot surfaces|
|Step seven||Do your post-processing at this point|
|Step eight||Use the object you just printed for whatever purpose you have|
If you have done any amount of research you may have gotten the mistaken idea that all you have to do is use your 3D printer like a 2D model and push a single button and you get results.
3D printing is not at that stage of simplicity even though researchers are working on it. Here are some of the challenges you will face when you want to do 3D printing:
This is for those people who want to make their own designs and not use a generic one found at the many open source websites that dot the internet landscape. If you are making your own designs be prepared to spend many hours drafting the details till you get the design just right.
There is some good and bad news. First, the 3D printer does not transform any data. That is all done by the computer that controls the 3D printer through the different software placed on it.
The good news is, once it gets the correct instructions, and there are no errors in them, the 3D printer will print what you want. Your only limitation will be your imagination and availability of computer files.
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