Today’s post title comes from the Schwarzenegger movie Predator but the dialog has taken on a life of its own in the world of memes.
GetToDahChoppa CLI tool
I’ve just completed another program written in the Go language compiler which will take an existing GCODE file for 3D printing and chop it into as many layers as you’d like.
Color by layer
You might be wondering why you’d like to do such a thing. One of the best reasons I could think of would be to print different colors on the same part. In this part example displayed, black filament is used from layers one through seventeen and white is used from layers eighteen and up. The result looks quite professional even if this is using the lowest quality setting on my printer and it took less than twenty minutes to finish.
Saving an aborted print
Sometimes things go wrong. In the example below, my (costly) carbon fiber—infused filament spool ran out during the print job, noting that the printer arrived with a faulty run-out switch. For most people, they would just start over on such a part, wasting the plastic and the hours spent and begin again.
Fortunately, you can now chop your original GCODE file to just print the missing top to save the day (and the part, of course).