Frequently Asked



What is the difference between LuBan and Simplify 3D?

Simplify3D is slicing software that generates G-code from a mesh model to control a 3D printer to print the model. LuBan is mesh-processing software that generates parts of a model. The parts themselves may be mesh models for 3D printing; they may also be 2D drawings for laser cutting.


What is the difference between LuBan and Slicer (formerly known as 123DMake)?

LuBan and Slicer have a few similar methods, such as the stacking and interlocking models. In every method of LuBan, a model can be resized larger than the working dimension of a machine. LuBan ensures that all parts of the model are generated within the dimension. Slicer does not guarantee this.

LuBan has a finger joint and a module method that is not available in Slicer. The finger joint method (Mesh -> LuBan, Method Plate) is useful to make wood joinery. The module method (Mesh -> LuBan, Method Module) is useful to make big 3D printed objects.


How to get started with LuBan?

Documents of LuBan are available at Download LuBan in a shared folder named “Doc”. Begin with the document “LuBan Get started.pdf”.


What is the difference between LuBan and MeshMixer?

Both LuBan and MeshMixer can process triangular mesh models in OBJ, PLY, or STL format. MeshMixer is a manual modelling software tool. LuBan is automatic.


There are some video tutorials?

Yes! You should visit Our YouTube channel for tutorials

Creators of LuBan

Prof. Lawrence Sass

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139