Mac Friendly 3D Printing Software

Today we are taking a look at the 3D printing software designed for Apple products.  So, if you got yourself a MacBook and feel it is not performing as you wanted, hold on to it, as the Mac will really make a run for your money.

Many changes have been taking place and there is more software for the use of Mac with a 3D printer.  It is hard actually, to zero down this list to any top three, since pretty much all software will do a great job on your Mac.  There have been more functionalities been added.

On the other hand, the diversity of software out there provides you the chance to decide if you want something more appropriate for beginners, something to work offline, or if you require no installation.  We will try to provide the most exhaustive review of three of the best and most popular 3D printing software for Mac users.

Simplify 3D

“Simplify3D includes everything you need to work with your 3D printer. Model setup and plating, slicing and print file creation, pre-print simulations, customizable support structures, mesh analysis and repair, machine control and monitoring, and much more! With support for hundreds of 3D different printers, Simplify3D is the last software you’ll ever need!”

This is how Simplify 3D introduces its service. According to its creators, Simplify3D is an “integrated software solution”.  To many users, it is a slicer for 3D printing and it is way overpriced.

Now, is it only a slicer?  Ok, yes but it does some more.  The software allows you to optimize a model for 3D printing. Admittedly, it is pretty fast.  When compared to Cura, the time for slicing was much faster.

Now, what sets Simplify3D apart?  It has some pretty neat features:

  • A neat preview. Probably one of the most impressive features.  You can preview the entire printing process and even mover around in angles.  This is great to optimize and troubleshooting your models.
  • Intelligent support structures.  Automatically, the software creates intelligent support structures and gives you full control of the model.
  • Dual extrusion wizard.  This wizard makes configuring dual exclusion prints for two-color prints pretty easy.
  • Several printing modes. The software supports three modes when printing three objects simultaneously.

Is it worth the money?  The software starts at $150.  Sounds too much when you think of other software that is free. But it is probably pretty worth it given all the features and full control you have over your model.


“Ultimaker Cura prepares your model for 3D printing. For novices, it makes it easy to get great results. For experts, there are over 200 settings to adjust to your needs. And integration with major software platforms makes 3D printing even simpler.”

It so appears that Cura by Ultimaker is a great choice for beginners. The company was created under the name Cura by David Braam, who was later hired by Ultimaker to maintain the sofware.

If you buy an Ultimaker printer, you probably want to download this software.  You know, when you get a pair of the same company working for each other, you know you will be getting great results.

But not only beginners can benefit as more experienced users can also customize 200 settings to better personalize their models.  You can also print several things at the same time and each object will have different settings.

The software for Cura is open and completely free.  It provides the versatility of managing your own 3D printing flow and let you have the control of the entire process.


This G-Code generator for 3D printers brings it down to this:

“Slic3r is the tool you need to convert a 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.”

Well, cutting the model into horizontal slices is what pretty much all printers do. However, generating toolpaths and calculating amount of material extruded gives them a little edge.

Slic3r, a 3D slicing engine for 3D printers, generates 3 codes from 3D CAD files.  When the model is done it is sent to the printer for the manufacturing of the model.

Slic3r was created in 2011 within the RepRap community to provide the community with fast and reliable 3D printing.  Very importantly, too, it should be free.  The company is actually composed or based in a community of  people who work together thinking of ways to optimize the software.

Developers ensure that the software will always remain free.  Some interesting benefits that Slice3r offers are:

  • It is compatible.
  • Open and free software
  • Community-driven.
  • Pretty powerful
  • Modular

But what makes this software so great?  Probably the fist one is that it is free.  There is a community of developers working hard to make sure the software comes out better every time.


Linux VPS, Windows VPS, and More – How You Can Secure Your Online Life

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When it comes to passing your data from side to side, you can never be too safe these days.  Finding a safe encryption and a reliable server that keeps your data neat and unaltered seems like a not so cheap commodity.

Virtual private server hosts are the one option to enable you and your company to build a safe website that provides speed, reliability, and safety.  This is how you can secure your online life.  But VPS servers come in a variety of forms.  As with pretty much everything in your company, you make an educated choice based on your needs

What To Consider

Here are some things that you should take into account when selecting a VPS server:

  • Budget. VPS hosts do not come cheap.  Their prices and functionality go far from what you get from a free web hosting.  In the long run, you will see how the benefits outweigh the costs.
  • Management Needs.   Do you prefer a managed host or an unmanaged one?  A managed host means a higher price as you do not get to oversee it but the company does.  An unmanaged host provides more freedom but then you will need to hire someone to oversee the server.
  • RAM Requirements.  Basic websites require 512 MB of RAM to load quickly and smoothly.  But if the plan is to grow then you should move to 1 GB with a storage of at least 20 GB.
  • Growth.  Scalability is a concern for web developers as it obviously requires more space.  When hiring a VPS host, consider one that will be able to maintain the hosting when requirements rise up.
  • Customer Support.  It feels really nice when you pick up the phone to call customer service and you have a human answering right away.  Sometimes, issues require immediate solutions.  Assess if a VPS host can provide that kind of feedback.
  • Desired Configuration. The configuration of a server determines how well a website runs.  The server’s configuration involves capacity processors, RAM allocation, disk share, and the physical space for the server.

Linux VPS

If you want to have a better control over the things installed on the server that hosts your website, then Linux VPS is a great option.

In the case of Linux, the servers are shared with other users.  But, does this mean that someone can tamper with your site accidentally?   Absolutely not since each virtual server operates its own operating system that can be administered independently from each other.

If you seriously do not enjoy sharing a server with other users, you can get a dedicated server.  But this type of server also comes with a disadvantage.

Before you decide if Linux VPS is what you need, check out the following benefits:

  • Easy to use.
  • Improved reliability at a lower ownership cost.
  • Flexibility. This means, for example, the ability to remove and add applications pretty easily.
  • Ability to modify the environment of the VPS to meet your performance needs.

Some Linux VPS providers will not give you full root access.  Make sure you select one that does so that you are able to modify whatever you want.

Windows VPS

Windows VPS is fast, pretty scalable, and safe.  If you are envisioning a quick scalability, then this is the VPN host that you need.

There are a lot of services that provide VPS hosting for Windows.  This type of hosting provides preinstalled control panels for an easier site management.   The stability of services is guaranteed and servers are optimized to greatly reduce risks of security vulnerabilities.

You get direct access to the control panel to quickly optimize your website as soon as your server is installed.  Most Windows VPS hosts provide root access to all functionalities giving you the ability the add all the applications you want.

Given the large number of services that provide you with Windows VPS, check out which ones give you the functionality you need.  Focus on security, reliability, and root access.

Just like with Linux, consider every plan based not only on your present load but also on scalability.  Make sure your host is versatile enough to account for that in the near future.

Windows VPS, unlike Linux VPS, does not come for free and requires an operating license.

Fuchsia: Google’s new operating system

Fuchsia: Google's new operating system

The Internet Search Engine giant, Google, keeps reinventing itself. Many operating systems have been developed by this giant in the past. In August of 2016, the news that Fuschia has been developed by Google hit the world of technology. Fuschia, an open source software is distributed for free and it is designed for high-end mobile phones, PCs, and tablets.  Here is a little more about Fuchsia: Google’s new operating system.

Before Fuschia was the Android and Chrome OS. It is not known for certain if Fuschia was designed to replace the Android, but one thing is certain, people expect it to solve some android -related issues. With the android, Google is at the mercy of chip makers as it tries to support the Linux Kernel prompting it to always request for an Android update.

While the Linux Kernel remains the bedrock of the Android and Chrome OS, Fuschia relies on a microkernel that goes by the name Magenta. Most of its writing is in the language C because it is meant for embedded systems.

Microkernel, upon which Fuschia is built, is derived from the words ‘Little Kernel’ (LK). The Little Kernel is licensed by MIT while the license of Fuschia is mostly under a 3-clause BSD license. With the license of the kernel being mixed, Fuschia which can be downloaded from its source repository also includes the license of each respective open source license.

The kernel of Fuschia comes with some user-space components which make the provision of libraries and utilities possible. Applications can be created using the libraries and toolkits found in the source repository under Fuschia.

Its logo, a symbol of infinity that is colored Fuschia, can be found at GitHub, an internet hosting service of the software repository.

As it stands now, no one really knows what Google has got up its sleeves. Google has not formally stated what Fuschia can do or will not do. All we have at present are several speculations by different groups. Before any conclusion can be reached, Google has got to make a formal announcement or else the vacuum will always loom large.

There is every likelihood that Fuschia might just be an experiment by Google. By holding out on making a formal announcement, the company stands to lose nothing if the project does not meet the expectations of the general public. What people want now more than ever, is an operating system that will be far much better than the android. Perhaps with Google not being too sure if Fuschia will be the solution that people seek, it is best that it does not make a formal announcement that will bind Fuschia to it.

Android is Now the Most Used Operating System on the Web

Android is Now the Most Used Operating System on the Web

Android is Now the Most Used Operating System on the Web


The most popular operating system in the world of smartphones today was not just an idea or a simple project that was born overnight. It lived through multiple stages until the first Android has seen the light of the day.

The Android logo first came out in 2005 and was named Andy, in honor of its creator, Andy Rubin. It is believed to be inspired by R2D2 of the Star Wars saga, but there are also other hypotheses that may point to a novel by Philip K. Dick titled Do you dream about Androids with electronic sheep? The second option seems more appropriate for the OS name and has been known to be a favorite among the geek crowd for a while.

Android vs iOS (market share)

Within just a few years, the smartphone market boomed across the globe and two important players soon headed the game. The smartphone operating system market is still mostly dominated by these two players – Android and iOS. It seems like the battle of the titans and the world is watching. These two hold a combined whopping 99% of the entire market.

While Apple threatened to take and keep the lead for a while, today the majority of the market, over 86% in fact, is held by Android, although Apple sells at a higher average price. iOS remains a contender, with growth in markets such as Australia, France, Japan and USD, but losing market share in China and Germany, dropping by over 5% and over 3% respectively.

Android growth

Whichever angle Android’s growth is analyzed from, the results and statistics are strong and further growth imminent. One way to see the growth of Android is through the amount of new activations there are in the market of phones and tablets with this operating system. With more than 1.5 million average daily Android activations, and rising, at the date it was estimated that the growth of activations was around 5% on a weekly basis.

It’s understandable with these numbers why mobile phone software developers are fundamentally devoted to focusing on and propping up their Android apps. If betting among operating systems, the winner is, clearly and hands down, none other than Android. The inspired little green robot continues to see growth in markets that are just now emerging as playgrounds for the mobile industry and there’s no reason to expect the OS to have any less success in these fledgling markets.

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