LOL!! The “USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection is Coming. You can 3D Print All of the Ships Yourself.

Have you ever wanted your own USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection of Star Trek ships to put on proud display in your home? Your wish has been answered.

Sharpen your ears, Spock fans. For all you “enterprising” Star Trek fans out there, you’ll be over the moons of Nimbus III to find out that files of every version of the USS Enterprise are now available to 3D print.

Ex Games Artist and 3D printing wizard Alexei Bruton has already released just one 3D variant of the USS Enterprise. However, he’s now back and this time he’s launched a whole fleet of 16 ships in total.

Bruton is calling this fleet the “USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection.” Now you can simply head over to the gallery and you’ll be able to download and 3D print all of the ships yourself.

However, keep in mind that most of the ships are rather small which may have been done so they’re are all in proportion. This does mean that you may want to scale them up. Also, remember that 3D printing technology is not yet advanced enough to create a real life size ship.

Download and Print the USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection

If you’re already sold and want to try and build your own fleet, then simply visit either MyMiniFactory or Thingiverse. All files can be found for free.

As well as this fleet, there will soon be an additional stand to download. Look out for this large stand which can be used to hold up all of the ships. You can then very easily create your own 3D printed Star Trek display.

Now you can go where no 3D printer has been before. Simply download the USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection and you’ll be sure to live long and prosper.


20 Things to Make with a 3D Printer for Your Office

Here are some simple suggestions for making the most of your office desk. Feel free to share any of your ideas in the comments!

Without further ado, here are 20 cool things to make with a 3D printer for your office:

1. Whale Desk Organiser

Who’s that for? Anyone who’s resentful of the fact that they have to grow up and work can print this little whale to remind them of their childhood happiness. Check out the design on Formsfield.

2. Name Plate Pen Holder

What’s that? If you want to really seem professional then having your name hold up your pens and pencils is surely the best way to be noticed. Check out the design on Thingiverse.

3. Cat Phone Holder

Why do I need that? You probably don’t need this holder, but if you find you want to add some personality to your desk, or if you’re crazy into cats, then this could be for you. Find the design on Pinshape.

4. Office Desk Chair

Who is this for? Anyone with a large budget will be interested in 3D printing their own personalised desk chair. Otherwise, the rest of us will have to dream about the comfort of these chairs. Check out the design on GrabCAD.

5. Push Pin Monster

Why do I need this? This super cute monster is the best way to avoid pricking your fingers on pins. You can find this design on 3DShook. A cool things to 3D print for your desktop.

6. Giant Paperclip

What’s this for? The designer of this giant paperclip claims it “actually works.” If you’re feeling skeptical but want to check out the design anyway, head to Thingiverse.

7. Cable Catcher

Why do I need this? If your cables are always in a tangle, then this smart little idea will help make sure everything is sorted out properly so you don’t have to spend hours untangling those annoying leads. Find this design on Thingiverse.

8. Pentos Pen Holder

What does this do? The designer said: “This little guy will do a great job carrying your pen. However we warn you that’s all he does.” If you’re in need of a pen holder check the design out here.

9. Keyboard Feet

Why do I need this? If you have somehow managed to break the feet on your keyboard, you may find that the wonkiness is driving you crazy. These new feet can help make sure your typing is uninterrupted. Find the design here.

10. Crocodile Letter Opener

What is this? This cheeky little snapper is the best way to open your post! Download the design from Autodesk and you will have an easy way to make sure you don’t ruin your letters, or just something cool to look at.

11. Pretty Photo Frame

Why do I need this? If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself, then perhaps a picture of your family, friends or cat is the best way to remind you why you’re working so hard. This pretty frame is downloadable from My Mini Factory.

12. Flower Push Pins

Why do I need this? If you want your pin board looking pretty, then this is the best way to do it! These little flower push pins are simple yet work brilliantly! The designer said: “A fun way to grab someone’s attention when you’re not able to point out the note you left. You can decorate around your desk.” Check out the design on 3DCults.

13. Whallo Tape Dispenser

What’s this for? If you really want to continue with the theme of whales in your office, then printing this whale tape dispenser is a great idea! You can find the design on 3DShook. It’s just one of the cool things to 3D print for your home office.

14. Headphones Hanger

Why do I need this? Having a place to keep your headphones is a great idea if you always end up tangling the wires! With a hanger, they’ll be instantly accessible and untangled! Check out the design on Thingiverse.

15. Evo Collection Mug

What is this? The designer created this piece as part of a collection, they said: “Our aim is to create simple but functional objects using a basic and popular IKEA Pokal Glass.” If you fancy a quirky office mug, check out the design on My Mini Factory.

16. Cable Clip

Why do I need this? This design is yet another simple solution to the problem of tangled wires. This 3D print will help keep your space organised! You can find this design on 3DShare.

17. Memomac

What’s that? If you need somewhere to store your memos in an orderly fashion, then look no further! This Memomac is yet another way to keep your desk tidy. Check out the design here.

18. Tree Origin Bookmark

Why should I use this? If you are always losing your page then a book mark is the best way to help keep track. A simple idea and a simple design work brilliantly here, check it out on Thingiverse.

19. Portable Business Card Holder

Why do I need this? Handing over a dog-eared business card is not likely to win you any points, so make sure that your name is kept pristine with a portable business card holder. You can find this simple design on Cults3D.

20. Fibonacci Office Organiser

What’s that? This brilliantly simplistic design will give you a place to keep all of your most useful home office stationery. Check out the design on Thingiverse.

Hope our readers will get some interesting and practical gadgets from today’s article!

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19 DIY Lamp Shade (Most for Free)

You know what 3D printing is really good for? DIY lamp shades, that’s what. Here’s a selection of free & premium designs to 3D print yourself.

Here at ALL3DP, one of our favorite applications for 3D printing is custom lamp designs to light up the darkness.

In fact, digging around on specialist content repositories like Cults 3D, you can find some stunning examples of DIY lamp shades.

Presented below is a selection of the best designs. Please note that the majority of these models are free to download, except where otherwise noted for premium models.

DIY Lamp Shade #1: M&O Paris lamp

This beautiful lamp was inspired by the most famous building in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Designed and engineered by Samuel N. Bernier, a Canadian industrial designer, this item can be easily produced using any conventional desktop 3D printer. It’s printed in several pieces however, so some assembly is required.

DIY Lamp Shade #2: Lump

The low-poly Lump is a rather endearing lamp shade. It’s pretty minimalist, granted, but it’s also incredibly easy to fabricate on a 3D printer. You won’t need any supports or rafts, so there’s no fuss or muss. Make a couple of these in any color you like, and have an instant upgrade to any light fitting in your house.

DIY Lamp Shade #3: LampiON Lamp Shade

The LampiON lamp shade is a premium design, retailing for 15 euro, which is made of two separate parts modelled on a simple hexagonal grid. You can either use one or both parts in a single construct, layering one over the other, depending on your personal style. It looks cool, for example, if you print the “web” is a different color.

DIY Lamp Shade #4: Ribone Cross One

From award winning designer Martin Žampach, Ribone Cross One is a striking design of intersecting lines. Combine this lamp shade with a dimmer switch, and it gives off a pulsing optical illusion when the lights are turned on. This premium design retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #5: The Pumpkin Lamp

The Pumpkin Lamp, a.k.a. “La Citrouille D’Omar”, is a novelty item perhaps best saved for the Halloween season (unless you’re one of those folks with a pale complexion for whom it’s Halloween all year long). Print off several and pair them up with green light cables, and enjoy your light-up pumpkin patch.

DIY Lamp Shade #6: Artichoke Lamp

Inspired by another vegetable, this time the leaves of an artichoke, this beautiful lamp shade would make a nice addition for the home or office. You can use any standard hanging light cord and a low temp bulb.

DIY Lamp Shade #7: SMF.01

The SMF.01 is an elegant floor lamp assembled from 3D printable components plus wood strips and a light cord with light bulb socket. The STL files retail for 6 euro, and you’ll have to supply the rest of the components yourself. It’s a neat idea, to make your own furniture. In fact, that’s exactly what SMF stands for — Self Made Furniture.

DIY Lamp Shade#8: Valeria Lamp

The Valeria lamp is a very sophisticated design. So sophisticated, in fact, it wouldn’t look amiss in the library of Ron Burgundy, with its mahogany shelves filled with leather books. The small dimensions of Valeria make it most useful as a table lamp, and it’s easy to assemble and print. This premium model retails for 3.99 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #9: Night Light

The Night Light emits a warm reassuring glow, perfect for keeping nightmares at bay. And check out its sibling, the Spot Light, if you’d prefer some disco-flavored shenanigans with your interior lighting.

DIY Lamp Shade#10: Iceberg Lamp Shade

Like the Lump, the Iceberg is a DIY lamp shade with a low-poly design, but this item is more visually ambitious. Its angles have mutated and grown to an intimidating size. It should still be relatively easy to print, though. The Iceberg is a premium design that retails for 15 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #11: Anna Flower Light

The Anna Flower Light is truly a labor of love — designer Gordon LaPlante says he made it “for my love and the co-founder of gCreate, Anna Lee”. The light resembles a hanging flower and projects light evenly across the room, while also providing ample down light.

DIY Lamp Shade #12: Z-Lamp

Another lamp from designer Helder Santos — this time offered via the collective EUMAKERS umbrella — and we’re getting another strong Ron Burgundy vibe from the Z-Lamp. Reasonably certain that Mr. Santos is a fan of the “Anchorman” films… and there’s absolutely no shame in that!

DIY Lamp Shade #13: Ribone Collection

The Ribone takes its inspiration from the visual aestheic of heat-sinks on industrial lamps or LED bulbs. And hey, it looks positively super. This premium model retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #14: LUX Lamp

According to its designer, the LUX lamp “celebrates the light in the darkest time of the year, winter.” It was designed and printed during the Lux Helsinki light festival in January this year. This truly remarkable design is a premium model and can be yours for just 1 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #15: Clasp

You won’t get much shade from the Clasp, but it’s a smart little ornament nonetheless. A disembodied hand has a tight grip on the light bulb, whilst the power cord and switch trails out just below the wrist. The cool thing about this design is its versatility; it can also be attached to a wall socket and keep ahold of your phone while it’s charging.

DIY Lamp Shade #16: Monkey and Bunny Voronoi Lamps

These voronoi lamps are pretty dazzling, and you’ll want to dims the lights elsewhere in the room to see the full effect. Available as either “monkey” or “bunny“, the shades have been designed to cast some delightful shadows on the walls. Designer mingshiuan has actually created a whole series of lamps in this style, like a skull or a heart, and it’s definitely worth checking out the whole series.

DIY Lamp Shade #17: Ghost Lightclip

Convert the LED light on your smartphone into a spooooky desk lamp with the Ghost, part of the Lightclip series from Lab02. Other Lightclips include a Ninja Ghost and a Batman Bat-signal. These designs are great, but unfortunately they’re compatible with iPhone 5 / 5s and iPhone 4 / 4s only. Some adjustment of the STL files might be necessary!

DIY Lamp Shade #18: Lampe

The Lampe is a great functional print from designer extraordinaire Agustin Flowalistik. You may have encountered his low-poly Pokemon, but now he’s branching out into practical designs with a stylish flourish. With accessibility in mind, no screws or glue are required to assemble the Lampe, and it can be printed on any printer with a 120 x 120 x 120 mm printing surface (heated bed not necessary if using PLA).

DIY Lamp Shade #19: Square LED Lamp

One more roll of the dice from Helder Santos, and he’s taking a step back from the “Anchorman” influence for a more retrofuturistic design. This is a simple, elegant LED lamp designed to house a 60 cm 12V LED strip. It features a battery compartment, so it can be mounted without needing a power socket nearby. The Square can be 3D printed without supports, and doesn’t require glue or screws to be assembled.

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Original and Modern, a 3D Wooden Pot for Your Pot Plant!


Bring a touch of originality and modernity to your succulents or cacti in pots with this Pot / pot cover design, geometric, printed in 3D Wooden.

No need to repot your plants or cacti, you can put your pot directly (standard 9cm diameter) inside!

20Its clean lines, inspired by origami, and material will bring a natural side, modern and original touch to your home, but also makes an original gift for your loved ones!


This object is made from a special wood PLA, PLA plastic mixture to 70% and 30% PTFE certified wood.

This material gives the look, feel and unique smell of raw wood.

Why did we choose 3D printing WOOD rather than woodworking?

It’s simple: it allows us to unleash our creativity and create objects with particularly complex and detailed lines while keeping costs low, even produced in small series.

We call it the democratic design or design, originality and small series for everyone!

Welcome to Geeetech~  Here you might encounter your favorite 3D printer and create fabulous works!


14 Cool Things to 3D Print for Everyday life

Stuck for ideas for what to 3D print? Bored of pointless trinkets and doodads? A list of cool things to 3D print which are genuinely useful.

Like us, you’re tremendously excited by the possibilities of 3D printing. Unfortunately, the landscape is cluttered with trinkets, doodads and ornaments. We’re in danger of drowning in 3D printed objects that nobody wants or needs.

Fight the tide of mediocrity! Let’s make stuff that’s actually useful! Here’s a list of cool things to 3D print, right now, today. Prove to your nearest and dearest that there’s an everyday and practical application of this wonderful technology.

Cool Things to 3D Print #1: Auto Coin Sorter for All Currencies


Pockets laden with loose change? Impose ORDER on your finances with this coin sorting device. The smart thing is that it can be adapted for any currency in the world, from the mighy US dollar to the humble Thai baht. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #2: Collapsible Coffee Sleeve


Perhaps you bought a cup of takeaway coffee and forgot the sleeve to protect your hands from scalding. Or maybe the prospect of filling landfills with pointless waste is putting a bad taste in your java. Either way, this collapsible, reuseable coffee sleeve has you covered. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #3: Cable Management Hive


Phone charger cables, USB cables, HDMI cables, Thunderbolt cables, DisplayPort cables… Your desk space is covered in a spaghetti of cables, are we right? Banish the mess with this neat cable management hive. The design is stackable too, so you can extend the hive as the need arises. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #4: Cow Face Doorstop


Annoyed by swinging doors in your home or office? Have weird fascination with bovines? Then this doorstop is for YOU. It’s lightweight, designed for easy placement, and simple to fabricate. Just don’t try to milk it. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #5: SD Card Mountain


If you’re a regular user of digital cameras or 3D printers, then you’ll probably have little stacks of SD cards dotted around your workspace. Keep them neatly organized with this SD card mountain. Cults3D Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #6: Shopping Bag Handle


We’ve all been there. Trudging back home from the supermarket, laden with shopping bags. The forces of gravity are biting the plastic into your hands, amirite? NO MORE. Print off these shopping bag handles, and sore hands are a thing of the past!Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #7: Jar Handle


Upcycle an empty jam jar with a 3D printed handle. What could be simpler? YouMagine Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #8: Drawer Knobs with Labels


The art of storing doesn’t have to be boring. The HobbKnob is a dinky little drawer knob with a label track, so that you can describe the contents of your drawers. Never misplace your socks again! Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #9: Customizable U-Hook


This is a set of parametric u-hooks, which are suitable for universal use and very strong. How strong? One hook was used to hold a plastic bag full of heavy books weighing 47.4 kg. Use either the four sample hooks supplied, or adapt and modify for your own use with the supplied CAD files. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #10: Piggy Bank


Keep your loose change safe in this cutesy coin bank in the shape of an overweight pig. 3DShook Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #11: Wall Outlet Shelf


Put a shelf on your power socket, so you can prop up the phone when charging. This model also has an angled slot that holds your smartphone and tablets in an upright viewing position. MyMiniFactory Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #12: Soap Dish


An elegant soap dish for the bathroom, in two separate pieces that are washable. You can customize the inner tray with your own patterns, if you prefer. Cults3D Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #13: Shower Head


Is bathing under a waterfall on your bucket list? The next best thing is this 3D printed shower head (probably). Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #14: Self-Watering Planter


Houseplants dying from neglect? NEVER AGAIN. Print off this easy-peasy automatic plant waterer, and your conscience will remain clean. Particularly useful for kitchen herbs, where you can make them last up to a week longer by repotting in this natty device. Cults3D Download.

Have any 3D printing ideas of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

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20 Challenging Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models (for Free) |Part Two

Hi, you guys ~ Today we will continue  to share another ten dual extruder 3D printer models to satisfy your curiosity for the fabulous 3D printing world! !

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #11: Two-Color Octopus


Oh hey, did you think nervoussystem would stop at a mere frog? Nope! Here’s a two-color octopus…

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #12: Two-Color Cat


… and here’s a two-color cat! This colorful feline is available in two poses: relaxed, and ultra-relaxed.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #13: Yin-Yang Dimmer Knob


The eternal battle between lightness and darkness made literal, with a quirky dimmer switch in a yin-yang style. The design of this dimmer switch is especially appropriate for the next item on our list…

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #14: Artisan Soap-Dish


We’re stumped as what qualifies this soap dish as “artisan”, exactly. But hey, it comes in two tones. Pretty!

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #15: Green Lantern Ring


If you’d like to keep your cosplay subtle and sophisticated, then this magical Green Lantern ring should fit the bill. Green not your color? Maker Kevin Skeuse has a whole series of lantern rings for every spectrum in comic book legend: blue, red,indigo, orange, sapphire and yellow.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #16: Retro 8-Bit Geek Glasses


Demonstrate your boffin credentials with with these retro 8-bit geek glasses. Also available in a “nerd” variation of pixelated pride. Whose side are you on: Geek or Nerd?

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #17: D20 Dice


Another great application for dual extrusion is dice. This model is a 20 sided die with flush numbers, perfect for long sessions of role-playing games like Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #18: Aria the Dragon


This model is actually at the centre of a major controversy on Thingiverse, where multiple designs have founded their way onto eBay as 3D printed objects in violation of Creative Commons licensing. Designer Louise Driggers first sounded the alarm when she found that her Aria the Dragon was one of over 2,000 designs being sold without maker consent or permission.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #19: Two Color Vase


This elegant ornament can be printed in either one color or two. But it’s much more striking when fabricated with dual extrusion in two contrasting shades.

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #20: Star Keychain from Super Mario World


A very simple dualstrusion project here, a flat keychain in the retro style of the 16-bit star from Super Mario World. What makes it so easy is that the design is more 2D than 3D, so the complexity is kept to a minimum.

(Download from Pinshape)

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20 Challenging Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models (for Free) |Part One

Need an advanced and colorful challenge? Here are 35 free dual extrusion models specially designed for your dual extruder 3D printer.

3D printing is a fun hobby, and one that you can make as simple or as complicated as you like. Making stuff in a single material, for example, is pretty much the standard option for most 3D printers and projects. But what if you wanted to print something in more than one material? This is where a dual extruder 3D printer comes in handy.

What’s a dual extruder 3D printer? It’s an evolution of the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology, where instead of one hot-end extruding molten thermoplastic filament, it has two hot-ends with two separate spools of filament. Therefore, it becomes possible to print off objects in two colors or two materials (or both).

It’s also a useful technique for fabricating objects with complex geometry. Using a secondary dissolvable material, you can create removable supports for those tricky overhangs and bridges that single extruder 3D printers can’t handle.

In software terms, “dualstrusion” works by overlaying two separate (but interlocking) models on top of each other in the same physical space, and the slicing software issues commands to the 3D printer to distinguish between them when printing the object.

Current dual extruder 3D printers on the market include the Ultimaker 3BCN3D Sigma, Makerbot Replicator 2X, Printrbot Plus and Flashforge Creator Pro. Some manufacturers go even further, and offer machines capable of triple and evenquadruple extrusion!

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Here’s a list of models that are just perfect for dual extruder 3D printers. Master these objects, and you are truly on the path to becoming a true 3D printing guru.

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #1: Low-Poly Pokemon


According to designer extraordinaire Flowalistik, Pokemon and 3D printing have something in common: they both evolve. The multi and dual extrusion Low-Poly Pikachu is designed to show all the possibilities of dual and multi extrusion 3D Printers. This model is more complex but easier to print, and it keeps all the features from the original design: it doesn’t need support material, infill or prime tower. There are three more in the series: Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #2: Jack the Pumpkin King


From the Brothers Ruiz at Adafruit comes this deliciously evil pumpkin head, named after (we presume) Jack from The Nightmare before Christmas. Print one off in time for Halloween, but keep those candles away — unless you like the smell of burning plastic.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #3: Mini Tri-Spinner


This is a sophisticated fidget toy, powered by a mini ball bearing, that spins and spins with just a flick of the fingers. The dual extrusion is just to add a bit of color and flair as it rotates.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #4: Uli3ot Female


A bit of fun to celebrate the launch of the Ultimaker 3 — a dual extrusion 3D printer, if you hadn’t already heard — sees the popular Ultibot mascot given a gender swap with an artfully placed number 3.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #5: Captain Underpants HypnoRing5

This is a cosplay prop from a kid’s TV show, the Captain Underpants HypnoRing. The beauty of this design is that, if the white section is printed with glow-in-the-dark filament, it adds a nice luminous effect in low-light conditions. Perfect for beguiling your opponents!

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #6: Fashion Traffic Cones Collection


Perhaps the first thing people attempt with dual extrusion is the humble traffic cone. With two tones of orange and white, it’s a simple and appealing design. This collection builds on that concept with more elaborate variations, so the printed object looks less like a traffic cone and more like a wizard’s hat!

(Download from Thingiverse)

 Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #7: Two Color World


A very early proof of concept for dual extrusion — dating back to 2011 — is the two color world, with a representation of the Earth rendered in blue and green filament. A remixed version is the Giant Hollow Two Color World, which is a super-sized version for folks with bigger printers.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #8: Dual Color 3DBenchy


3DBenchy, the jolly 3D printing torture test, started out life as an open-source calibration model for FDM 3D printers. The little tugboat has proved tremendously popular, and its designers have extended the design to cover dual extrusion 3D printers too. Another version for full multi-color printing is also available, but don’t run before you can walk!

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #9: Micro Glider


This micro glider is made by combining two different types of filament, PLA and filaflex, to form a functional object that can fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Firstly, a super fine 0.2 mm layer of filaflex is laid down, and then overlaid with PLA, to create an elastic membrane. Proof that “dualstrusion” is not just about aesthetics, but can have an engineering application, too.

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #10: OpenRC Experimental Wheel


The Open R/C Formula 1 project is a great initiative by maker Daniel Noree, who’s shared his open source blueprints for a 3D printed radio controlled car. The most critical component of any car — radio-controlled or otherwise — are the wheels. Which is why Noree has been experimenting with printing the wheels using a dual extruder: flexible rubber for the tires, plus solid ABS for the rims. The model is still at an experimental stage, however!

(Download from Pinshape)

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16 Best 3D Slicer Software Tools for 3D Printing Hobbyists (Most are Free)

  • Do you want to get the best results from your 3D printer? Here are the best 3D slicer software tools – most of them are free.So, what does a 3D slicer software do? A 3D slicer is a piece of software, running on a computer. It acts like an interpreter for your 3D printer. You feed it a 3D file, usually, that’s an STL, M3F or OBJ file (which describe coordinates in a three-dimensional grid). The 3D slicer software then cuts the object in many horizontal layers and produces a path a printhead can follow – line by line, layer by layer.So, any decent 3D slicer software will create:
    1. a toolpath (more or less intelligently) based on the geometry of your STL-file.
    2. a percentage of infill to save 3D printing time and material.
    3. constructions of support material, if the geometry is difficult to print. These supports are meant to be removed after the print is finished.

    After analyzing the file and offering you choices and settings, the software generates a „G-code“ file that‘s tailored for the machine you’re using. It describes coordinates, nozzle and bed temperatures, fan control, printhead speed and other variables.

    Why is a 3D slicer software so important?

    If you use a good 3D slicer software, you will get better results, even from a mediocre machine. If the 3D slicer software isn’t good, you will more likely encounter a misprint or run into generic 3D printing problems.

    What separates a good 3D slicer software from the bad?

    There are several variables you can check in search for the best 3D slicer software for your 3D printer:

    1. STL import speed: It doesn’t seem to be a big thing, but if you’re handling complicated files on a slow computer, you don‘t want to fetch a coffee until the software is finished displaying the file.
    2. viewer capabilities: If you don’t own some CAD software, you’ll probably see your printable file for the first time when you open it in the 3D slicer software. A good software should offer the possibility to turn and zoom to any point of your 3D model flawlessly and fast.
    3. STL repairing: A good 3D slicer software won’t leave you in the dark. If there are errors in your 3D model, it should bring them to your attention – and ideally, repair them automatically.
    4. Usability: How difficult is the 3D slicing software to use? Are there settings for beginners? More options for experts? Does it have a modification history? Does it store files locally or in the cloud? Does the workflow feel right? Can you use Undo and Redo? All these questions for a “good” 3D slicer are highly subjective – but you’ll get the idea.
    5. Preview: A good 3D slicer software will give you estimates on the duration of the print and the material used. These facts, of course, shouldn’t differ from the actual print itself.
    6. Cost: Is the software free or do you have to pay for it?
    7. Help: We’ve checked if beginners and pros alike get enough on-screen help – or if you can ask other users in a forum or user group.

    If you want to know the best 3D slicer settings for beginners, please take a look at this article.

    16 Best 3D Slicer Software Tools for 3D Printers

    You can sort and search through this table.  Alternatively, you can skip it and jump directly to the detailed list of the best 3D slicer software tools below.

    Best 3D Slicer Software #1: 3DPrinterOS


    3DPrinterOS is a cloud-based platform that integrates all the different components essential to 3D printing. The name tells you pretty much what it is all about: You plug your 3D printer into your computer and host it from within your browser or the desktop application. Apart from slicing, 3DPrinterOS includes different options to repair your mesh, downloading from or printing on an industrial machine, but some premium features are only available for a fee. The company has pledged, however, that slicing will always be free.

    There are three 3D printer slicer apps integrated into 3DPrinterOS the standard 3D slicer software (dubbed “Cloud Slicer”), “Slicer 2” and a dedicated “Makerbot Slicer”. The range of supported 3D printers is very broad, as can be expected from a commercial solution.

    “Cloud Slicer” and “Makerbot Slicer” are virtually identical in terms of their UI and functionality. Like in other 3D slicer software tools, you can choose between varying levels of complexity (“Simple”, “Advanced” and “Expert”). As a bonus, the app can also estimate the Price of the printed file. “Slicer 2” pursues another UI philosophy: You can choose from a list of presets that you can adapt to your needs or, if you like precise control over your prints, you dive straight into the intricacies of manually configuring your print from scratch.

    What‘s great? Once your G-Code is generated, you can preview it in the “Toolpath Viewer”. Also if you are really confident in your abilities, you can enter your Slicer settings as JSON code.

    What’s not so great? Of course, we would like to use the premium features for free. But that would just unfair to the company, right?

    Suited for 3D printing beginners and semi-pros who want a reliable environment to print their 3D models.

    Where can I get it? On the 3DPrinterOS webpage.

    Price Freemium

    OS Browser, Windows, Mac

    Best 3D Slicer Software #2: Astroprint


    This cloud-based platform is built around a similar philosophy as 3DPrinterOS and Octoprint. The actual hosting of 3D printers is achieved through a dedicated device, called Astrobox (basically a Raspberry Pi). This allows you to monitor and control your printer from any web-enabled device in the world. If you are into that sort of thing.

    If you don’t have a 3D model to print, you can either download from one of the integrated web-services, like the search engine Yeggi, download from the repositories CGTrader and Thingiverse. Or design a 3D model from scratch in the web-based 3D modeling tools 3DSlash and Leopoly. In case your 3D model won’t print properly you can connect Astroprint to 3DPrintCloud to get it fixed. Finally, if you don’t have a 3D printer of your own, you can have your files printed via i.materialise.
    The 3D slicer software itself is very straightforward. In simple mode, you choose your material and the desired quality. In the advanced mode, you can leave no stone unturned to achieve your goal.

    What‘s great? The integration of many other web services promises to be a great gateway exploring the world of desktop 3D printing.

    What’s not so great? Maybe it’s just us, but initially, we had a hard time finding the 3D slicer software! It’s hidden in the File Manager, where it is not listed among the other options like downloading. You have to click on the little preview rendering of the 3D model to get there.

    Suited for beginners who shy away from investing time and money in dedicated 3D printing software suites.

    Where can I get it? On the Astroprint webpage.

    Price Freemium

    OS Browser, Raspberry Pi, pcDuino

    Best 3D Slicer Software #3: Craftware


    Another 3D slicer software developed in-house by a 3D printer manufacturer — in this instance Hungarian startup CraftUnique — to support their crowdfunded CraftBot 3D printer. However, it can be used by other 3D printers, too.
    Like Cura, the CraftWare application can be switched between “easy” and “expert” modes, depending on how confident you’re feeling. It’s a zippy application, with some outstanding G-Code visualization, where each feature is represented as a different color. But the real standout feature is individual support management. To our knowledge, this is only available elsewhere in the paid application Simplify3D.

    However, please note that this 3D slicer software for 3D printers is still in beta, so bugs can still occur in day-to-day use.

    What‘s great? The interface is nicely designed. The 3D slicer software operates fast and is very easy to use. If you change settings, you’ll get live visual feedback to what part of the print will change – that’s a terrific feature.

    What’s not so great? There are minor bugs in the software – it‘s still in beta.

    Suited for beginners to pros who need 3D slicer software to prepare STL files for 3D printing

    Where can I get it? on the Craftware webpage.

    Price As of today, the software is free. This can change if it gets out of Beta.

    OS Windows, Mac

    Best 3D Slicer Software #4: Cura


    Cura was developed, hosted and maintained by 3D printer company Ultimaker and it’s community. As the company has its roots in Open Source, the 3D slicer software came out as a freebie – and it stayed that way ever since. Over the years, Cura even added profiles for competitor 3D printers. Many companies wouldn’t do that.
    It can be fed STL, 3MF, and OBJ file formats – which the 3D slicer software will also repair if needed. It will show a toolpath, printing time and material estimates.

    Don’t miss: Cura 3D Tutorial (Free Slicer Software for 3D Printing)

    What‘s great? It‘s suited for novices and experts alike as a beginner, you’ll just see the most important settings. For experts, there are over 200 settings to fiddle with. The graphical user interface is fast; with some workarounds, you can even handle dual material prints. The 3D slicer software handles huge STL moderately fast. We found Cura gave us good, not necessarily excellent results.

    What’s not so great? There are some minor features missing (i.e. Octoprint support) and the print time estimates are sometimes off around 10 – 20 percent.

    Suited for 3D printing beginners and semi-pros

    Where can I get it? On the Cura webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #5: IceSL


    IceSL is beyond any doubt one the most remarkable tools available for 3D printing. It is not merely a 3D slicer software, but also a 3D modeling tool. In the left window, you can edit your mesh directly in Lua code. At first glance, this may seem like a frightening prospect, but as in OpenSCAD, this enables some nifty parametric modeling. The center window is a live preview.
    Finally, on the right, you can find a wide array of slicing settings that is sure to dishearten any beginner. Besides the usual features we expect from a 3D printer slicer (supports, dual color printing etc.), IceSL boasts ooze shielding, that protects your model against “extruder drippings”. Ugh! Another useful feature is the layer by layer view of GCode.

    What‘s great? Die hard coders will love the amount of control IceSL gives them.

    What’s not so great? Why is there no Mac version of this gem?

    Suited for intermediate to advanced users who like to keep their 3D printers close, but their G-Code closer.

    Where can I get it? On the IceSL webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #6: KISSlicer


    Don’t be fooled by the acronym of this program, it may be called “Keep It Simple Slicer”, but depending on which version you choose, it can be actually a pretty sophisticated piece of software. Some have hailed it as a worthy alternative to the other 3D slicer software tools, others complained about the confusing interface.
    While the free version is sufficient for amateurs that print with only one extruder, the pro version enables multi-head printing. GCode can be generated with a minimum amount of settings. For advanced settings, you’ll need to purchase the pro version. This version allows for combining multiple STL files into one print.

    What‘s great? KISSlicer is a worthy alternative to the other 3D printer slicer software tools on this list.

    What’s not so great? While this 3D slicer software supports most desktop 3D printers on the market out of the box. If you happen to need GCode for a printer that is not on the list, you have to manually adapt the program.

    Suited for beginners and advanced users who can take advantage of the pro features.

    Where can I get it? On the KISSlicer webpage.

    Price Free, Pro $35 (commercial), $25 (educational)

    OS Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pie

    Best 3D Slicer Software #7: MakerBot Print


    MakerBot Print is dedicated to the MakerBot line of 3D printers. Unlike general 3D slicer software tools that cater to a broad range of 3D printers, MakerBot Print’s algorithm automatically adjusts slice settings for your specific 3D printer mode and extruder type. The engineers included a very nifty feature that is useful when preparing a whole series of components, it will automatically arrange meshes across one or more build plates. You can access and print Thingiverse objects from within the program. Plus, this program has a feature known from OctoPrint: you can monitor and control your 3D printer via webcam built into your printer.

    What‘s great? With MakerBot Print you will get the highest possible quality from you MakerBot printer. Beginners will love its ease of use, while advanced users will appreciate the help in printing on a larger scale.

    What’s not so great? If you decide to switch to another 3D printer manufacturer, you will have to learn a new 3D slicer software as well.

    Suited for Beginners to advanced users who want to print without hassle.

    Where can I get it? On the MakerBot webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac

    Best 3D Slicer Software #8: MatterControl


    MatterControl is a 3D printer host for your desktop computer, that means the two will have to be connected for the entire print. Alternatively, you can save the GCode file on an SD Card. The interface is remarkably well structured. To the left side, you can reorder the print queue with your mouse (That’s right! Now you can open your own hub!). Toggle to the right and slice the prints to your liking.

    MatterControl features three slicing engines (MatterSlice, CuraEngine, and Slic3r), making it easy to experiment and compare the results. In basic mode, you can adjust layer height, fill density, support material, and raft. The settings can be saved and applied to successive prints. The advanced features niceties like auto mesh repair and support for multiple extruders. In order to foresee possible hiccups of your print, you can preview the entire process layer by layer.

    What‘s great? This is the sort of 3D slicer software that will still be relevant as your expertise in 3D printing matures.

    What’s not so great? Depending on your 3D printer, the quality does not yet compare to other, more mature 3D slicer software.

    Suited for beginners to advanced users who want to print a lot.

    Where can I get it? On the MatterControl webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #9: Netfabb Basic


    Netfabb Basic is 3D slicer software for 3D printers with some nice features, that allow you to analyze, repair and edit STL files before you get to the slicing stage.

    It is a good choice if you need something more than just 3D slicer software, and you want to be able to quickly repair STL files without having to learn to use additional tools like MeshLab or Meshmixer.

    And don’t let the “Basic“ in the name fool you; Netfabb Basic is actually very powerful 3D printing software. It’s only “basic” in the sense when compared to the €1,500 Netfabb Professional edition!

    What‘s great? Netfabb Basic is a true swiss army knife for 3D printing.

    What’s not so great? The advanced features of the professional edition are available in free 3D slicer software tools such asSlic3r.

    Suited for Intermediate Users who need 3D slicer software to prepare STL files for 3D Printing.

    Where can I get it? On the Netfabb webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #10: OctoPrint


    The OctoPrint is a nifty piece of machinery that hosts your 3D printer, allowing you to control and monitor all its activities from your web browser and handheld devices. The application itself is installed on a Raspberry Pi, that you can extend e.g. with a webcam and a plethora of plugins. This way, 3D printing jobs can be loaded onto your printer without the pesky shuffling of SD cards. Among the many great features that we have discussed elsewhere, is an integrated 3D slicer software based on the trusted CuraEngine. Which basically means that you won’t even need to slice your files on a computer anymore, you can just send over the STL model and the printer will do the rest.

    Don’t miss: Setup Guide to OctoPrint on the Raspberry Pi 2

    What‘s great? This testament to human ingenuity is completely Open Source and gaining more and more followers every day.

    What’s not so great? What is there not to like?

    Suited for Intermediate and advanced users want to stay in control of their equipment.

    Where can I get it? On the OctoPrint webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Raspberry Pi, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #11: Repetier


    If you’re ready to graduate to the next level of 3D slicer software but want to stay within an open source framework, then Repetier is a compelling option. This is the great-grandaddy of 3D printing software and the favored choice within the RepRap maker community.

    Now, the thing to note is that this application straddles the intermediate to advanced user spectrum. Pitched as an all-in-one solution, it offers multi-extruder support (up to 16 extruders!), multi-slicer support via plugins, and support for virtually any FDM 3D printer on the market. Be prepared to do a lot of tinkering!
    Moreover, Repetier Host also offers remote access features, via Repetier Server. Similarly to OctoPrint, you install it on a

    Raspberry Pi, so you can access and control your 3D printer from anywhere via a browser on your PC, tablet or smartphone.

    What‘s great? It’s the favorite open source 3D slicer software of the RepRap maker community.

    What’s not so great? Print quality is reportedly better on newer 3D slicer software, like Cura.

    Suited for Intermediate Users who are not afraid to tinker.

    Where can I get it? On the Repetier webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #12: Simplify3D


    Simplify3D is a 3D slicer software for pros. It supports nearly all available 3D printers – you can download and import over 100 3D printer profiles. If your model isn’t on the list, it’s relatively easy to add a profile on your own.

    The software allows you to import, scale, rotate and repair your 3D model until it is just right. The import of STL, OBJ or 3MF files is very fast, and even huge meshes are displayed in no time.

    There are a ton of settings which you can fiddle around with: Extruders, layer control, various infill methods, temperature and cooling settings, even raw G-code and scripts can be edited. These settings can be saved in so-called “Processes”, which can come in handy if you’re experimenting with different settings, 3D printer nozzles or different filaments. Help is available by hovering over the buttons.

  • What‘s great? Simplify 3D can help you to get the quality you always looked for. And even though this 3D slicer software offers a huge variety of options, you won’t feel overwhelmed using it. Also, the quality of the documentation is outstanding. Professionals will love the editable supports.
  • What’s not so great? It would be unfair to say „the price“. Still, it’s quite an investment for a hobby 3D printer enthusiast.
  • Suited for everyone who wants to get quality prints. Though there‘s a basic mode, you should have some experience with a 3D printer, though.
  • Where can I get it? On the Simplify3D webpage.
  • Price $150 for a 2-computers license.
  • OS Windows, MacBest 3D Slicer Software #13: Slic3rslic3r-3d-slicer-1024x595Slic3r is open source 3D slicer software with a reputation for adding bleeding edge features not found anywhere else. The current version of the 3D printing software includes multiple views so users can better preview how their models will 3D print.
    There’s also an incredible new honeycomb infill that’s created in three dimensions: the first time that an infill pattern that can be varied across layers instead of repeating the same pattern. This can greatly increase the strength of the internal infill and your final print.

    Another feature is direct integration with OctoPrint. When files are sliced on the user’s desktop, they can now be uploaded directly to the user’s OctoPrint box with the click of a button.

    Over the years, the community experimented with settings, materials and news 3D printers – all that knowledge went into Slic3r. It the birthplace of many features we take for granted today (to name a few: multiple extruders, brim, micro layering, bridge detection, command line slicing, variable layer heights, sequential printing (one object at a time), honeycomb infill, mesh cutting, object splitting into parts…).

    What‘s great? Thanks to real-time 3D slicing, the software is reasonably fast even on slow computers. If you change a setting, the software only calculates affected parts. It includes real-time incremental slicing, 3D preview, toolpath preview in 2D and 3D, 3D honeycomb infills, a customizable bed shape, integration with OctoPrint, pressure regulation and much more.

    What’s not so great? There are no print time and material estimates so far.

    Suited for 3D printing experts and pros. Newcomers will find this 3D slicer software intimidating thanks to „feature overload“.

    Where can I get it? One the Slic3r webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac, Linux

    Best 3D Slicer Software #14: SliceCrafter


    This online 3D slicer software is based on IceSL, which means Mac users also to enjoy it. Well, at least part of it: Unlike the desktop 3D slicer software, you cannot edit OpenSCAD code. While the slicing capability is mostly identical with IceSL, some of the advanced stand out features that make IceSL so great are missing. An interesting option is that you can upload your STL file via a link.

    What‘s great? You can generate GCode without installing a 3D slicer software or sign up to one of the larger online services.

    What’s not so great? We would love to see more features from the desktop application.

    Suited for Advanced users which like to tweak for perfect results.

    Where can I get it? On the SliceCrafter webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Browser

    Best 3D Slicer Software #15: Tinkerine Suite


    Most of the 3D slicer software tools on our list do a decent job, considering they generate G-Code for almost every 3D printer out there. If you want more than “a decent one”, take a look at Tinkerine Suite. It was specifically designed for the Ditto and Litto series 3D printers and prides itself to be “the most user-friendly 3D slicing software”. Indeed, the user interface is refreshingly uncluttered. Still, this 3D slicer software is capable of basic editing and creating support structures for 3D models. The settings for Tinkerine’s 3D printers can be selected quickly, with only a few, yet powerful, options to tinker with.

    What‘s great? Tinkerine Suite guarantees to achieve the best possible results for Tinkerine’s printers.

    What’s not so great? If you decide to switch to another 3D printer manufacturer, you will have to learn a new 3D slicer software as well.

    Suited for beginners to intermediate users who want to make sure their prints are pitch perfect.

    Where can I get it? On the Tinkerine webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac

    Best 3D Slicer Software #16: Z-Suite


    Z-Suite follows the same philosophy as Tinkerine Suite. It is a program dedicated to the 3D printers of one manufacturer – in this case, Zortax. The program has limited editing capabilities that allow you to split a given mesh into several pieces, or scale it. Although the clean user interface leaves only a few choices to the user, the included 3D slicer software fulfills basic slicing needs. It features four infill options for you to choose from and allows you to create support structures for your mesh. Z-Suite produces proprietary “Z-Code”.

    What‘s great? You get a program that is custom fit for your 3D printer brand and your 3D printer brand alone!

    What’s not so great? The flip side is, the 3D slicer software is custom fit for one brand of 3D printers alone…

    Suited for Beginners users who want to make sure their prints are pitch perfect.

    Where can I get it? On the Zortax webpage.

    Price Free

    OS Windows, Mac

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