We all use free open-source software to run our printers and design the things

We all use free open-source software to run our printers and design the things we print. Please remember to say “thank you” (or flattr / make a small donation) to the developers who dedicate their free time to these awesome projects.

My thanks go out to (including, but not limited to, in no particular order):
OpenSCAD: http://www.openscad.org/community.html
Erik Zalm with the Marlin Firmware: https://github.com/ErikZalm/Marlin
Kliment with the Sprinter Firmware and Printrun: https://github.com/kliment/Sprinter , https://github.com/kliment/Printrun
@Gina_Haussge with @OctoPrint : http://octoprint.org/
@Daid_Braam with Cura: https://github.com/daid/Cura
@Alessandro_Ranellucc with Slic3r: http://slic3r.org/
@Roland_Littwin with the Repetier Host and matching Firmware: http://www.repetier.com/
@Mark_Moissette_ckaos with CoffeeSCAD: http://coffeescad.net/

also,
@Ultimaker and @LulzBot for supporting and funding some of these projects.

Please let me know if i forgot someone!

Small note on this. I started Cura in my free time. But for the past half year Ultimaker has been paying me full time to develop it further. (For which I am very thankful)

Isn’t there a thing like a OS Day, where you give 1 $ to each project that is OS and that you’ve used? Like Dokuwiki from @Andreas_Gohr

Ultimaker is funding development of open source software

Meanwhile at MBI… http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Makerbot-Reviews-E480203.htm

Who’s business model isn’t viable now?

Ouch

Fun note on working at Ultimaker, people starting here, from intern to manager, production work, sales, whatever. The first thing you get is an Ultimaker kit, with the instructions “here is the wiki, next 2 days you’ll be building it”

We’re only a small group (15 people) but we all know our machine. And we call it “our” machine, not Ultimaker’s machine.

I like that. A lot.

Ah, the out of box test. Usually our new joiners get to set up a Storwize V7000 or some such product before we pollute them.