This is the most interesting thing I’ve done with my 3D printer in some time. Instead of printing in a series of 2D planes stacked up to form a 3D shape (2.5D), this non planar technique creates geometry with true 3D tool paths that can eliminate the steps often seen on shallow surfaces. Based on the amazing Masters Thesis of Daniel Ahlers and the University of Hamburg, this development can be tried yourself if you are willing to put in some time to setting it up.
In this video I’ll lead you through step by step on how to setup a virtual Linux machine on your PC, compile the custom version of Slic3r and then share with you my results. The future is bright and I thank people like Daniel Ahlers and Moritz Walter for leading the way.
The STL, gcode and Slic3r profile for the final test – print at your own risk: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3842477
The 2018 version I showcase step by step in this video:
Original viral video from the author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km1lvuva5mI
Github with custom version of slic3r and step by step instructions to compile: https://github.com/Zip-o-mat/Slic3r/tree/nonplanar
Master thesis if you want to read up in detail: https://tams.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/publications/2018/MSc_Daniel_Ahlers.pdf
Guide to setting up Linux on a Windows 10 PC in Virtualbox: https://itsfoss.com/install-linux-in-virtualbox/
Virtual box download: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Ubuntu image download: https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop
Shared folder setup in Virtualbox Ubuntu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-teQnZ8LEY
Hero Me fan duct for Ender 3: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3092044
Hero Me guide and test: https://youtu.be/xPvLKSClShc
The 2016 version I showed briefly at the start of the video:
Hackaday article on non-planar printing: https://hackaday.com/2016/07/27/3d-printering-non-planar-layer-fdm/
Github for above post processor: https://github.com/makertum/non-planar-layer-fdm
Strawberry Perl for Windows (needed to run the script): http://strawberryperl.com/
Buy quality and affordable filament from X3D. Buy 3, get 1 free and a free sample pack with every order: www.x3d.com.au
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