Re: [rp-ml] algorithm&implementation for STL slicing

From: Jeff Demand <>
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 01:04:10 EEST


   I'm not sure if your projects goal is to write software or just find a
solution. Rhino3D will import a stl and has a function which will produce
sections. Far from open source but if the end result is the goal it
shouldn't be too difficult to write a script to generate the slices and
then export them for your visual basic application.


PS In my long ago student days I always very carefully read the
assignment descriptions, sometimes to the chagrin of the masters.

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On 8/17/2006 at 1:14 PM Roy Pardi wrote:

>At 5:24 AM -0700 8/17/06, Cristina Kadar wrote:
>>Dear List,
>>During my online searches I came across this mailing list dedicated to RP
>>and it seems a good place to put some questions.
>>My name is Cristina Kadar, I am a student of Computer Engineering,
>>currently doing an internship in a research institute in Germany. They
>>specialised in laser technologies and in one lab they need a software
>>which takes as input an STL file and produces as output the 2D pass for
>>the laser beam. My job would be to develop an algorithm and implement it
>>(in Visual Basic) for the slicing of the 3D objects into the 2D closed
>Hi Cristina,
>I've been looking for the same - with no luck yet (I'm an artist and
>sculptor and have been working on building my own 3D printer as a kinetic
>work ( = not precise, or concerned with real world applications). I talked
>to some people from Z-Corp a couple of months ago when they came by for a
>studio visit and they were going to put me in touch with one of their
>engineers but so far that hasn't happened. Talking to some folks at
>SIGGRAPH a couple of weeks ago, they were of the opinion that there isn't
>much call for open source slicers since slicing is tightly coupled to the
>overall method and machinery for printing (i.e. inherently proprietary).
>Consequently I've assumed I would have to write my own - but if you come
>with anything I would love to hear about it!
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