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Software installation instructions

Software Installation & Setup:

There are a few pieces of software you’ll need to create files that the KNP3D uses:

slic3r

Slic3r

Slic3r is the tool you need to convert a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates tool paths to fill them, and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.

Windows Installation:

  • Download Slic3r from this link: http://knp3d.com/software/. Select a file with “stable” in the name and then choose either x64 or x86, depending on your computer: a 64 bit computer or an older 32 bit, respectively.
  • Slic3r is a self-contained executable, requiring no installation. You simply download it, extract it, and it’s ready to use. You will find there are two executable files: slic3r and slic3r-console. You only need to use slic3r.
  • We recommend saving this slic3r file somewhere accessible, such as your Desktop, or creating a shortcut icon on the Desktop.
  • The first time you open slic3r, the Configuration Assistant window will open. Click on Cancel as you will need to switch to Expert This is covered in Chapter 3.

Mac OSX Installation:

  • Download Slic3r from this link: http://knp3d.com/software/.  Select the file with “stable” in the name.
  • Double click the downloaded DMG file.
  • Once Finder opens, drag the Slic3r icon into your Applications
  • The first time you open Slic3r, the Configuration Assistant window will open. Click on Cancel as you will need to switch to Expert This is covered in Chapter 3.
  • Note: You may receive a message that says “’Slic3r’ can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.” If so, then in your Mac’s System Preferences, select Security & Privacy and click the lock icon that reads “Click the lock to make changes.”  Then set “Allow applications downloaded from: ‘Mac App Store and identified developers’” to “Anywhere”. Start Slic3r. Once running, if you’d like, you may reset Gatekeeper to “Mac App Store and identified developers”.

 

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KNP3D Converter

KNP3D Converter is a post processing application. This will take the gcode files from Slic3r and convert them into x3g, a format the KNP3D understands.

Windows Installation:

  • KNP3D Converter is a self-contained executable, requiring no installation. You simply download it, extract it, and it’s ready to use.
  • We recommend saving it somewhere accessible, such as your Desktop, or creating a shortcut icon on the Desktop.

Mac OSX Installation:

  • Double click the downloaded DMG file.
  • Once Finder opens, drag the KNP3D Converter icon into your Applications

The KNP3D Converter can be used either of two ways:

  • Open KNP3D converter, browse to locate the input .gcode file created in Slic3r, choose an output location (e.g. SD card) and click on
  • Alternatively, after creating the .gcode file in Slic3r, open the folder where the file was saved. Drag and drop this file onto the KNP3D Converter icon and it will automatically generate the .x3g file and save it in the same folder.

KNP3DPrinter Profiles

To get you started with appropriate settings for printing, some profiles are set up and available to download. A few things to know about these profiles:

  • The profiles contain settings for the KNP3D itself, the filaments you can use, and some initial printing recommendations (temperatures, speeds, thicknesses).
  • There are different profiles for fast printing (draft mode), medium printing (default mode), and slow printing (high quality mode).
  • Important: There are no “perfect” profiles that work on every single type of object you might choose to print. For example, a small flat object will mostly likely need a different profile than a tall thin object. So, you will need to be doing test prints and adjusting settings as needed. When you find the best settings for a particular type of object, you can save those settings with a new profile name and build your own library of settings.

Use the following link to download a profile bundle containing the settings to get you started:

KNP3D Profile Bundle

This is a zip file so, after downloading, extract the .ini file and note where you have saved it. Instructions for loading this file into Slic3r will be covered in the next section.

 

You’re good to go!  We’re now ready to move onto our first print.

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