Open Source Printing Software

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Open Source Printing Software

Hey all,

Looking to build a printer from scratch. I know I have a huge challenge ahead of me, but one of the most important things I need to find is printing software. I would prefer something that didn't have size restrictions because if this works, I'm going to be printing on huge items.

Does anyone have any suggestions or connections? I have 3 3d printers going nonstop right now building the shell, and a ton of guts finished. But as I close in on everything else, I am realizing the software is going to be majorly important.
 
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If your going to the trouble of building your own printer, my advice would be to learn programming. It's easy and not difficult, just time consuming. Then you can customize the software to do exactly what you need.
 
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The best open source printer driver that's available is called CUPS. That's the good news. The bad news is that I've never had a luck with it.
 
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The bad news is that I've never had a luck with it.
Must not be a Linux user.
 
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I tried it on Unix too long before that bad imitation called Linux became popular.
 
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It's Ally shaw here from ********* - Presenting you high quality printing
A bit of spamming here?

To the OP...

You really should be asking this question on one of the many 3D printer forums.

However, I'm glad you did post here. I'm a novice 3D printer user and am glad there are others here who are into it also.

Care to share some of your prints and thoughts? I'm using an XYZ da Vinci 1.0A. It's older tech but it was cheap and performs well.
 

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Definitely look at CUPS. It's a printing standard used across Unix, Linux and Mac, and works pretty well. There are a lot of open source drivers available, that I'm sure you can use as a starting point.
 
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This is an old thread and the OP hasn't been back in over a year.
 
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Ack! Thanks Shadeladie and sorry for missing that!
 
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A spammer replied and brought it back to life!
 

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