In the 3D tool chain there is a step which turns your design into the code that controls the printer. Code which tells the printer how far to move in the x or y directions, when to extrude filament, when to move the tray down in the z direction. This is G-code.
Two popular programs are Kisslicer and Slic3r. Slic3r and the hobbyist version of Kisslicer are free to download. The pro version of Kisslicer is $42.00. I’ve been using the free version of Kisslicer and so far have not found it lacking in any way. Not to say I won’t upgrade if the need arises.
For the Type A Series 1, downloads are available of Kisslicer which is reconfigured for the Series 1 at http://www.typeamachines.com/pages/downloads. The download comes with Mac Pronterface, Kisslicer, and some test models to print. More on Pronterface in a later post.
Earlier on the folks at Type A offered a preconfigured version of Slic3r also. I used that exclusively in the beginning. Now, my personal preference is Kisslicer. There are several reviews out there that tend to agree with me.
One thing the free version does not allow is for multiple models to be added to your print run. But, I found a way around that.
TIP: Load all your components into Slic3r. Don’t export G-Code. Rather, export STL into an all-encompassing file. Open that up in Kisslicer, set your settings as you prefer and save that as G-Code.Here’s a screenshot of Slic3r with 5 separate components of a Dalek added.
And here is a screenshot of Kisslicer with the same 5 Dalek components loaded. If I’d have tried to load more than one component into Kisslicer it would have told me that feature is only available in the Pro version.