How-To Software Videos
Guided PC videos on how to use the major software applications...
In these videos we will review major software applications used in the MakerSpace for 3D printing. Most users at USNA will use SolidWorks to make their own parts but there are many CAD solutions available including Inventor, TinkerCAD, and many many others.
Basically every user will start with some CAD application and eventually produce a STL file (other as possible but STL is our standard) that will then be used in one of several different vendor applications such as MakerBot Print, Formlabs Preform, or Cura to create the file needed to operate the printer.
These videos are guided screen captures hopefully showing you the steps needed to make your own 3D printed parts.
Using SEADEVIL (CDR Brad Baker)
This video is a PC guided review of how to use the SEADEVIL server. This includes how to remotely connect into SEADEVIL, storage on SEADEVIL, and major applications available on SEADEVIL.
Using SEADEVIL is critical to printing in the MakerSpace. All 3D print jobs come through SEADEVIL.
Using MakerBot Print (CDR Brad Baker)
This video is a PC guided review of how to use MakerBot Print, the printing software for all MakerBot pritners.
This video shows how to add MakerBot printers and basic operations necessary to print on the MakerBot printers.
In general MakerBot Print is very easy to use.
Using Formlabs PreForm (CDR Brad Baker)
This video is a PC guided review of how to use Formlabs PreForm software, the printing software for all SLA printers and the SLS Formlabs printer coming in Fall AY2020.
PreForm does many arrangement functions automatically using a "one click print" function that is recommended even for advanced users.
Using Ultimaker Cura (CDR Brad Baker)
This video is a PC guided review of how to use the Ultimaker version of Cura.
Cura is fundamentally a slicing engine, but the Ultimaker version combines easy to use direct integration with Ultimaker printers.
We print directly from Cura for Ultimaker printers.
Using LulzBot Cura (CDR Brad Baker)
This video is a PC guided review of how to use the LulzBot version of Cura.
We use this version of Cura very differently and only use Cura to make a GCODE file that is uploaded to the printer via another application called Octoprint.
This process works well but can be hard to follow.