PrusaSlicer is a helpful tool that allows you to export print files for your 3D printer. It’s popular among users because it’s frequently updated and easy to use. So, let’s talk about how to import G-code into PrusaSlicer to help you get started.
Here’s how to import G-code into PrusaSlicer in 5 simple steps:
- Right-click the G-code file.
- Select “open with” and choose PrusaSlicer.
- Choose “more.”
- Check the box for “always use this app.”
- Click on the G-code, and it will open with PrusaSlicer.
This is how to get it done in Windows, but there are small changes you need to make for Mac. In this post, I’ll go over in detail how to import G-code into PrusaSlicer for both Windows and Mac computers.
1. Right-Click the G-Code File
Find your G-code in your files wherever you store them. G-code is the standard language for 3D printers. So, you’ll need to have these files in order to print successfully. Wherever you pull G-codes from, it’s best to store them in a place where you can easily access them. Some people choose to store them in notebook applications to ensure this.
Once you find the G-code, it needs to be imported into PrusaSlicer to allow the 3D printing software to work properly. Thus, the first step is to access the G-code file that you want and right-click the file.
2. Select “Open With” and Choose PrusaSlicer
After right-clicking the G-code file, the screen will present you with options for what you want to do with it. Select the “open with” option. This will allow you to open the G-code file with whatever program you choose.
After choosing to open the G-code, select to open it with PrusaSlicer. This gives you permission to open PrusaSlicer and import the G-code without going through anything other than the G-code file itself.
3. Choose “More”
After selecting to open the G-code with PrusaSlicer, there’s another step to take in order to make it easier to open in the future. Once the program loads, select the “more” option. This offers you more options for your G-code and how it works with the different programs you have available.
4. Check the Box for “Always Use This App”
At the bottom of the screen, you’re given the option to check a box to always use PrusaSlicer to open G-codes. This is what assists you in the future when it comes to importing your G-codes with PrusaSlicer. Rather than go through the same arduous process, it’ll now default to PrusaSlicer when you open the G-code.
Once you have the box checked, don’t immediately close the window, as this may prevent your choice from saving. Select “save” or “apply,” depending on your computer, to save the change you’ve made.
5. Click on the G-Code, and It Will Open With PrusaSlicer
Once the changes have been saved, go out of the options and back to the G-code. Since you’ve chosen to always open the file with PrusaSlicer, you can now click on it, and it’ll open inside PrusaSlicer automatically.
After clicking on the G-code, PrusaSlicer will load with the G-code imported and ready to use. To ensure an easy import into PrusaSlicer, make this part of the setup process for your G-code. This way, you’ll always be able to easily import the G-code files without any issue.
How To Import G-Code Into PrusaSlicer on a Mac
While the same general idea applies to both PC and Mac, there are some subtle differences. So, let’s go over the steps to import G-code into PrusaSlicer for Mac users.
Here are the steps to import G-code into PrusaSlicer on Mac:
- Find the G-code file in your “Finder.”
- Choose “File” then “Get Info.”
- In the “Open With” section, choose PrusaSlicer.
- Select “Change All.”
- Open the G-code file.
Let’s break down these steps a little more in-depth to explain the process better.
1. Find the G-Code File in Your “Finder”
Use your “Finder” to locate a G-code. You can select a G-code that you want to import now, or you can select a random one. Any changes you make to the settings in these steps will apply to all G-codes saved to your Mac. So, which one you choose doesn’t matter.
2. Choose “File” Then “Get Info”
Once you have the G-code file selected, go to the top of your screen and select “File.” From here, select the “Get Info” option to see more details about the file and any settings you may have in place.
Make sure the G-code file is selected when completing this step; otherwise, you may not see the options you should be seeing. Also, if you don’t see the “Get Info” option, it’s likely that you don’t have it selected. Be sure to use a keen eye during this process.
3. In the “Open With” Section, Choose PrusaSlicer
After selecting “Get Info,” you’ll be given a settings menu. Here you can make changes to your preferences of the G-code file. There will be an “Open With” Section in this menu. Once you find it, choose PrusaSlicer from the list.
Depending on the options available, you may need to type in the program name to search for it, or it may automatically pop up on the screen. Once you see PrusaSlicer, select it.
4. Select “Change All”
Once you select PrusaSlicer, you’ll have some further options to choose from. To set PrusaSlicer to automatically open after choosing a G-code, select “Change All.” This changes the settings for each G-code file on your Mac and makes it easier to import them to PrusaSlicer without much thought.
5. Open the G-Code File
Once “Change All” is selected, everything is set up to automatically import G-code files into PrusaSlicer simply by clicking them. So when you’re ready to import, it’s as easy as locating the G-code file in your “Finder” and clicking on it to open it automatically using PrusaSlicer.
The easiest way to import a G-code file into PrusaSlicer is to change the settings on your files to automatically open the program. This simple and quick process that we have laid out above will set you up for success by ensuring that the G-code you choose is easily imported and ready to go.
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I started 3D printing since 2013 and have learned a lot since then. Because of this I want to share my knowledge of what I have learned in the past years with the community. Currently I own 2 Bambulab X1 Carbon, Prusa SL1S and a Prusa MK3S+. Hope you learn something from my blog after my years of experience in 3D printing.