CraftWare: your free slicing software for 3D printing
That’s why we created not only CraftBot, one of the highest quality desktop printers already at an affordable price, but also CraftWare, our very own 3D software that is absolutely free to download at any time.
CraftWare is an all in one advanced slicer software written by us from scratch. Slicing is a very important part of 3D printing as it turns your digital 3D model into the toolpath information understood by 3D printers. That’s why a slicer software must be smart enough to provide the most precise pathway for the best possible results and quality in a shorter build time.
With CraftWare you can interactively and easily build custom non-vertical support bars and also attempt to print non-watertight objects.
It’s very easy to use CraftWare and turn your ideas into real objects!
If you didn’t try it yet, download our slicing software for free on our website and see it for yourself.
Here’s a quick guide on how to use your CraftWare:
1. Downloading CraftWare
Open a new browser session on the computer you want to install CraftWare. Then visit our website and download the installer. Open the installer and follow the directions to install the software.
Please note that there’s no Mac version for now. It will be available by the end of September.
2. Download an object from yeggi.com
Yeggi is a website where 3D printing community shares printable 3D objects. You can also upload your designs. Open a browser session and go to Yeggi website. Browse the 3D models or use the search field at the top of the page to searh for a specific object. Just check-out our CraftBot robot also available to download!
3. Open CraftWare
Once CraftWare is launched you will see a virtual build platform which represents your CraftBot’s real build plate. Onto this plate you can add .stl files and print them.
4. Add .stl files to scene
Click on the Add button. Navigate to the location of the file CraftBot.sql and select it. The file will open at the center of the build plate.
5. Generate toolpath information
To print a 3D object CraftBot needs toolpath information generated from 3D object files like .obj or .stl. Toolpath information is simply called gcode. To generate gcode, press Slice button and CraftWare will compute the best possible gcode for your CraftBot.
6. Craft it
As you have your gcode ready you can overlook it in the 3D gcode viewer. With the sliders you can go layer by layer and gcode by gcode and see how CraftBot will print your object in the real life. Press ‘Print’ button and wait for the magic happen.