Screenshot of Monkeyprint DLP printer software running on Windows 7

Monkeyprint DLP printer software now on Windows

Hoooorrrayyy! After diving back into Monkeyprint DLP development for a couple of weeks I can finally announce that my 3D DLP printer software now runs on Windows!

Making it work

Neglecting Windows users was the biggest point of critique concerning my DLP printer software Monkeyprint. This was mainly due to the fact that I decided for GTK as a graphical user interface toolkit — which was missing an essential bit to display the 3d view on Windows. To make this work I had to rebuild the whole GUI using the Qt framework which took me quite a while. Hopefully, the effort pays of and Monkeyprint DLP will gain some users as the Windows version seemed to be a feature much asked for!

To make things even better, Windows users can now download a pre-packaged exe  file that contains all the necessary libraries. Download and run, that’s it 🙂

The readme file on my github provides some updated installation and usage instructions as well.

Screenshot of Monkeyprint DLP printer software running on Windows 10
Monkeyprint now comes pre-packaged for Windows and has been tested on Windows 7 and Windows 10

Stripping it down

I took the opportunity to think about which features Monkeyprint DLP should provide. In consequence, I’ve stripped much of the fancy stuff that has not been working 100% reliably anyways — like the Raspberry Pi server — and focused on the parts that are absolutely necessary for Monkeyprint DLP to be useful. These are:

  • Model import, translation and rotation
  • Support generation
  • Slicing & slice image export
  • Print process control using G-Code exclusively

I’ve removed the design files for my printer board and also the custom control commands that were used by my firmware. This stuff only made things more complicated. In my opinion, the easiest way for anyone building a DLP printer is to use one of the readily available G-Code boards out there.

Feedback wanted

Making Monkeyprint available for Windows was a fair amount of work. To make it work in the future, I’ll be needing some help from you guys. Download it, test it, report bugs on github and tell me how it behaves with your printer!

And as usual, feel free to comment below and subscribe if you like this 🙂

Best,
Paul

7 thoughts on “Monkeyprint DLP printer software now on Windows”

  1. Hello Paul,

    thanks alot for taking the time. I was browsing your website once in a while, looking for updates even though i should have gotten an email when anything new pops up 🙂
    However, i will give it a try and share the word. In the meantime, there have been quite decent findings/features added to some slicers, with the new market of Windows user, i hope there will be enough interest to keep things growing.

    Thank you very much!
    Daniel

    1. Hi Daniel,
      thanks for you comment!
      You are right, some decent slicers have popped up over the last year. I’ll have to see how many people are using Monkeyprint and if it makes sense to continue the effort.
      Best,
      Paul

    1. Hi Zack,
      I compiled it using 64-bit python and libraries as I didn’t expect 32-bit to still be around… I’ll release a 32-bit version on Saturday. Sorry about the inconvenience…
      Paul

      1. Thank you so much Paul!!! And yes, most Windows mobile platforms like tablets and laptops still run on the 32 bit version. I tried to upgrade to 64 bit as 99% of processors made over the last decade are 64 bit capable but it didn’t work. Can’t wait to get the 32 bit version and start printing!!! Thanks again

          1. Paul, got it and it works great for 32 bit Windows. Now I just need to add my g code and give it a print. Thanks again. I’ll keep you posted on how it performs.

            Zack

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