Solidoodle Day 0: Software setup

July 26th, 2012

My Solidoodle printer is nearly here, just waiting at the post office. So tonight is setting up the software and getting everything ready.

I followed the instructions provided for the Windows PC I’m installing this on. I’m putting the software onto my ‘big iron’ box, an i5 2600K with 8 gigs of memory and Windows 7.

A few notes from the Solidoodle instructions:

  • I had to skip straight to the Arduino guide to install the drivers (which I did using an Arduino Uno I already have).

  • When they say ‘use the 32 bit Python’ – LISTEN. Not seeing that cost me about half an hour of hassle getting the additional libraries installed.

  • The Solidoodle package is trivial to install. It took me a few minutes to work out how to run the main parts, as I was looking for an EXE. What you want are the pronterface.py and skeinforge.py files, though.

Finally, I installed a couple of other tools: ReplicatorG and Slic3r, to give me a few more options to play with.

Once the printer is here I’ll be going through the rest of the first setup and runs in painful, painful detail.