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    How do you convert STL file from 3D printer to G-code or a CNC desktop mill file

    Hi

    the idea is to take this keyfob that is an STL file
    Organization for the Advancement of Space Industrialization and Settlement keyfob by garethjpowell - Thingiverse

    and change it to G-code or a file I can use on a desktop CNC mill

    I would like to flip it over and make a mold to make waxes for lost wax casting ,
    the mold would be in MDF or aluminum , and the parts about 6 inches long

    I do not have any software now but hoped to use free or open source to keep the costs down ,

    the sample is just an idea , but gives an idea of what needs to be done ,

    Thanks for your ideas

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    Re: How do you convert STL file from 3D printer to G-code or a CNC desktop mill file

    Try the 30 day demo of MeshCAM
    Gerry

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    Re: How do you convert STL file from 3D printer to G-code or a CNC desktop mill file

    Cut3d deskproto or heekscad or a plugin for blender ...

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    Re: How do you convert STL file from 3D printer to G-code or a CNC desktop mill file

    is blender pretty easy to learn ? are there better youtube videos etc to learn it ?

    is there a plug in to convert an image ?

    and is there another plug in to flip it over ?

    thanks

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    Re: How do you convert STL file from 3D printer to G-code or a CNC desktop mill file

    No I didnt like blender to learn so for my need it didnt fit. But probably it fits you Look at Blender CAM: Blender CAM description
    Thomas

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