MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

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cooly
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby cooly » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:01 pm

GGresham wrote:I downloaded the freeware version of Monoware, and the interface looks great. This could be what I need to get my DIY top-down DLP printer working.

What would you recommend for users of Monoware? It sounds like you are suggesting the use of a Arduino Uno running grbl 8.0a. Would a RAMPS 1.4 + Mega 2560 work?

Thanks.


That's a good question. I forgot mentioning about the firmware and working boards for using MonoWare. It works best with MonoPrinter firmware, but you can use three open source firmware: Grbl 0.8a, 1.1f, and Patched Marlin 1.0 for MUVe.

You can download their firmware from here:
Grbl 1.1f: https://github.com/gnea/grbl (0.8a for only LittleRPs)
Patched Marlin: https://github.com/mUVe3D/Marlin-mUVe1-Beta (due to the motor stop feedback from firmware to board)

Grbl can be used with UNO+CNC shield and Marlin is for MEGA+RAMPS 1.4. If you want, I can upload hex files for those firmwares.

Currently all functionalities of MonoWare have not been implemented with those open source firmwares, but I will add features and fix bugs one by one. For example, I have not coded yet about homing cycle. You can set the certain position as home, and then printing will be okay.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Thanks!
Yun

cooly
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby cooly » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:50 am

New version (0.1.016) has been uploaded. This version has some bug fixes regarding Grbl 0.8a and 1.1f firmwares.
Now MonoWare has some integrated functions/features for preparing models and controlling your printers!

- Intuitive arrangement of UI menus. Manuals will be updated soon.
- Import STL/OBJ files and arrange them.
- Generate grid type / manual supports. Fine tune your support positions and point radii.
- Fast hard accelerated slicing (~ 10 slices per a second for 1920x1080 resolution) and real-time preview.
- Connect your DIY printers based on UNO+CNC shield or MEGA+RAMPS1.4
(I recommend Grbl 1.1f for UNO or MARLIN 1.0 MUVE patched for MEGA)
- Make better projection via barrel distortion correction, light intensity correction, and anti-aliasing
- Balance the print quality and time via variable vertical steps [full version only, beta]
- Upload your firmware inside the MonoWare

If you have not got the MonoWare Lite yet, you can get a free download from https://www.monoprinter.com
Your report on any bugs or issues would be appreciated. Please send me an email at info@monoprinter.com.

Thanks.
Yun

danthehuman
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby danthehuman » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:32 am

Giving ver .016 a try on Win 7 64 Bit

cooly
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby cooly » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:36 pm

Please report any issues and problems here so that I can fix those on next release.

I also found a bug during recipe file loading, so please keep your printing condition or copy recipe.txt file to another location.

Thanks!
Yun

GGresham
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby GGresham » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:42 pm

Great, thanks Yun. I'll give it a try on the DIY printer when I finish the current build. It would be so cool to get that clunker working.

G

cooly
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby cooly » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:50 pm

I just posted a blog article about grayscale mask generation using MonoWare. Please come and see how to create a mask image to make more even light intensity across the build area.

https://www.monoprinter.com/blogs/monow ... h-monoware

cooly
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Re: MonoWare Lite - Slicing and control software for resin printers

Postby cooly » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:25 am

New version is released (0.1.021).

New features include X-ray view, multiple loading of scene files, and CWS file format export (Full version only). Rendering has been also changed to see models easily.

You can download the Lite version for free at https://www.monoprinter.com

Thanks!

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