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TommeyLReed:
This is my 3Dprinter I built last year, but always had problem with the open source software. I have a Sherline cnc and want to run my 3d printer.

I found a great way to convert any cnc into a 3d printer with just a few changes.

My video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht45siRVs74

memoryman:
Hi Tommy.
I have a 2-year old Ultimaker to which we are adding a hot bed.
My experience is 40 years in the cnc controller field.
Are you using Mach3 now?
I have some ideas that we can discuss re 3d printers (including building a uv resin with full color capabilities).
Bill

Marsing:

hi, memoryman,

is Mach3 open source software?..  , i still don't understand how this software can adopts/hook PC timing easily.

TommeyLReed:
Hi Bill,

 I am not running mack 3, but would work just fine. The Sherline CNC came with Qcad and other cheap software.

In fact I do use Mack 3 on my pc (windows 7) and transfer the gcode to the Sherline using memory sim.

I also have been looking into using composites like clay, fiber class and types of resin, even wood fibers with other type of materials.

I also think laser would work just fine for metals.

I also like the idea of using UV composites for fast drying effects, there could be something to it.

I think in the next 10 years, we might just print our own flat screen TV's, or any Electronics gadgets.

Just think we would just order the software to print a (i pod) or a electronic part for our car. These are the possibilities of a 3D printer.

Tom.

MarkE:

--- Quote from: Marsing on June 04, 2014, 02:54:28 PM ---hi, memoryman,

is Mach3 open source software?..  , i still don't understand how this software can adopts/hook PC timing easily.

--- End quote ---
The microcontrollers have to take care of the real time positioning work.  The host software takes care of slicing the 3D structure into layers and calculating the motion that the microcontrollers then execute.

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