On the 10th of February 2013 i finally started doing some tests with my new 3D printer which was a generous christmas gift of my husband.
I am really (!) not interested in creating 3D models in a 3D programme and then simply have them printed out. I rather wanted to know what can be achieved with the actual properties of filament and the movements of the printhead.
So i wrote some short processing application to directly output gCode: This is very basic, because you just define the location of the printhead, the speed of the movement and the amount of filament that should be extruded.
The first tests were mainly about how much filament should be extruded to create a line and how can i produce a “dot” on the bed of the printer.
I printed out all the test-code on sheets of paper and taped my 3d printed results next to it so that i would get an overview what would work and what not:
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