Now that 3D printing is a hot topic in the DIY community, and those tend to favor free software principles, it’s only fair that 3D printer software should be readily available in your distribution’s repository.

And actually, some of the most popular are Free Software. In the just-released Fedora 19 beta, three of those are available for installation. All you need to do is type yum install and you are set to go, provided there is a 3D printer connected to your computer.

The following are the 3D printer software included in Fedora 19 beta. Note that I’ve not used any of these software, so don’t assume that I’m an expert on 3D printers and 3D printing.

With that disclaimer out of the way, here are the 3D printing software that you can use on Fedora 19. One other point: These applications are not unique to Fedora 19. You can also install then in Ubuntu or other Linux distributions.

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1. Cura: Cura is software developed for use with the Ultimaker 3D printer. It is Free software. You can read more about it at wiki.ultimaker.com/Cura.
3D printer Cura 3D printing1

2. Slic3r: Slic3r is Free Software, primarily developed by Alessandro Ranellucci. It has support for 3D printers from several different manufacturers. More information is available on the project’s website at Slic3r.org
3D printer Slic3r 3D printing1

3 Repetier-Host: This software supports printing from a wide range of 3D printers. It is produced by Hot-World GmbH & Co. KG. More information about it here.
3D printer Repetier-Host 3D printing1

With Cura and the others listed in this article, the interface is so well designed and easy to navigate that I feel like going out and buying a 3D printer, just for fun.

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But 3D printers don’t come cheap. Now, “cheap” is a relative term, but the price for 3D printers starts at about US $1000.00. If that means nothing to you, you may want to take a look at printers from Ultimaker. They sell 3D printer kits for €1200.00, or about US $1600.00, or assembled printers for €1600.00, or about US $2100.00. You can find their printers here

There are at least 25 manufacturers of 3D printers listed on the Repetier-Host website. One, is iRapid, a German company that makes ready-to-use 3D printers that cost approximately €1000.00, or about US $1300.00. The complete list of manufacturers is available here.

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  1. Seems interesting.
    Let me ask you how does it interact (or interfere 😛 ?) with the notification bar that pop-ups if you place this Panel-Doclet on the bottom of the screen?

  2. I personally am fine with the default GNOME 3 desktop, but not a week goes by, it seems, where some former naysayer isn’t won back to GNOME because of an extension. Looks like GNOME 3’s focus on making it easy to extend the desktop was the right idea all along.

    Now, if only the Linux Mint people would stop their dumb fork of GNOME 3, spend 10 minutes uploading their extensions to extensions.gnome.org, and spend their time on much-needed bug fixing in their Ubuntu spin.

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