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The Moai is designed to be a community driven SLA printer that is able to use any software that you want. This enables the Moai workflow to change based on your needs. We have a recommended workflow, but you can use whatever software you see fit.

The workflow is how you take something from an STL you have downloaded or maybe even something you have created from scratch and then getting it into your printer. There are a few steps involved in this and I'll try to describe them.

Step 1

This is when you first import the STL into a program and you need to do a few things to it to make it printable. This step involves checking the model for errors and resizing. At the end of this step you will export the .STL file and then import it into the software for Step 2.

  1. Meshmixer is recommended
    1. Meshmixer page with all settings and customization Make sure to go here first to set up your installation of Meshmixer.
Meshmixer can also be used for Step 2, which means that it can generate supports automatically. If you do, you should use the Support settings that Mark has tested. Even using the custom settings you should verify that there are enough and they will work for that particular model.

Step 2

This step is all about creating supports for printing your model in an upside down SLA printer. This is also about creating enough strength in supports so the model doesn't fall down when its finished. Supports can be made in several programs and some are easier to use than others. We recommend trying them all out and seeing which one you like best! :)

  1. B9 Creator is recommended, but it is expert level. The reason that it is expert level is that you can customize each and every support in several different ways, shapes, sizes, penetration level, and more. This can also overly complicate complex or very tall models.
  2. Meshmixer can be used for this step as well, but make sure you use the custom settings.
  3. Zenith is easier for beginning users to use
  4. XYZware Nobel is also easier for beginners and can auto-generate cross supports.
  5. ChiTu DLP Slicer Automatic and Manual support generation with cross supports

Step 3

This is the final step. This is all about setting the actual printer settings and positioning the model that already has supports onto the build plate. There are lots of settings and ways to customize this.

moai/software.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/27 16:02 by lyndondr