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    3D printing the FLOSS way / open-source-software · Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 09:52

#3dprinting is rather unique in that every step in the process can be done with free and open source hard- and software. This ranges from design software that produces the 3D model, the slicer for the G-code, the firmware and even the bootloader of the 3D printer. On top of that all hardware parts can be 3D printed or bought.

I must add that not all manufacturers of 3D printers are adhering to the rules. The Prusa printers of Joseph Prusa belong probably to the most #FLOSS ones while Creality is currently doing an effort to be (partly) FLOSS. Others are probably in violation with the GPL license by using the Marlin firmware for their printers but not releasing their source code.

Some people argue that the design software is the achilles heel of this FLOSS workflow since Blender, OpenSCAD, FreeCAD and Solvespace all have their limitations compared to something like Fusion360. I'd say that for most if not all hobbyist the FLOSS programs are more than capable and no proprietary software is needed.

  • Prusa3D - Open-Source 3D Printers from Josef Prusa

    Prusa Research is a 3D printing company based in Prague, Czech Republic. It was founded by Josef Prusa, one of the core developers of the Open Source project RepRap, in 2012 as a one-man startup and grows to a 400+ team now. His open-sourced Prusa i3 design is according to 3DHubs the most used 3D printer in the world. We are shipping more than 6000 Original Prusa i3 printers per month to over 160 countries directly from Prague. Our MK3/S printer is the best 3D printer for 2018 and 2019 according to MAKE: Magazine US and the best FFF printer according to 3D Printing Industry Awards.

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