The Series 1 uses a workflow that starts with an STL file, converts it into gcode, and then using your computer, streams that gcode into the machine one line at a time.
The Series 1 reads instructions about how to move the extruder and build platform, and when to extrude filament, from a file called a gcode file. gcode is produced by a piece of software called a slicing engine. Gcode files can end “.gcode” or “.gco.” Gcode files must be made with settings specific to the printer that you want to print the file on. There are some test gcide files available for printing, found in the downloads section of our website. If you’d like to print one of these files, then you’re ready to go. If you’d like to create your own gcode file, then you’re going to need to slice it first.