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    Question 3D printing Software - STL query

    I just got a Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2 and have been testing it out.
    Each time I've used it though, I have to reformat my STL to a GCode formatted file.

    Does anyone know if there's any specific 3D printing software that can print an STL direct to a 3D printer?

    For my printer, the manufacturer recommended UltMaker Cura, but it's just converting the file, not printing it directly.

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    All my experience is that the CAD software outputs a .stl file and you then use a slicing software which figures out the 'tool path' and creates the Gcode from that. it's not so much a format change as taking a 3D model and producing a file that tells the 3D printer how to do it's job. I doubt you'd get around that step without causing more trouble than it's worth.
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    STL - isn’t he a veteran board member here? What happened to that guy?

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