Scenario 03 : Slicing a STL file

This scenario shows you how to slice an STL file using our API from start to finish.

Step 1: Upload a file

POST /upload/{fileType}/{fileName}

In order to slice a file, first you need to upload it.

HTTP Request

POST https://realvisiononline.azure-api.net/v1/upload/STL/benchy.stl HTTP/1.1 

Content-Type: application/octet-stream
Cache-Control: no-cache
Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: [YOUR_SUBSCRIPTION_KEY_HERE]

[ benchy.stl ]

HTTP Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK 

content-type: application/json; charset=utf-8
date: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 10:52:18 GMT
transfer-encoding: chunked
vary: Origin

{
"fileId": "ca489322-8867-48aa-baaf-cbe72bcc0fbd",
"fileName": "benchy.stl",
"type": "STL"
}

Step 2: Start a slicing task

POST /stl/tasks/
Use the fileIdyou got back from the previous request to slice the file you uploaded. This request only starts a slicing task and returns a taskIdwhich you will need later on.

HTTP Request

POST https://realvisiononline.azure-api.net/v1/stl/tasks HTTP/1.1

Content-Type: application/json
Cache-Control: no-cache
Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: [YOUR_SUBSCRIPTION_KEY_HERE]

{
"files":[
{
"fileId": "ca489322-8867-48aa-baaf-cbe72bcc0fbd",
"type": "STL",
"fileName": "benchy.stl"
}
],
"settings":{
"printerModel": "Creality Ender 3",
"supportType": "n",
"filamentPresetName": "Createch_PLA"
}
}

HTTP Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

content-encoding: gzip
content-type: application/json; charset=utf-8
date: Thu,17Dec202010:41:37 GMT
transfer-encoding: chunked
vary: Accept-Encoding, Origin

{
"taskId": "fb9931af-012a-4c83-b3e5-f63c7ea211e0",
"queueDate": "2020-12-17T10:41:34.7919292Z",
"startDate": "0001-01-01T00:00:00",
"endDate": "0001-01-01T00:00:00",
"status": "queued",
"files":[
{
"fileId": "2986fa45-4d91-41a4-a0d1-6584512a85db",
"fileName": "benchy.stl",
"type": "STL"
}
],
"settings":{
"printerModel": "Creality Ender 3",
"supportType": "n",
"filamentPresetName": "Createch_PLA"
},
"progress": 0
}

Step 3: Check the status of the slicing task

POST /stl/tasks/{taskId}

Use the taskId you got back from the previous request to check the status of the slicing task you started. The response will contain a status property which has four possible values:
  • queued: means that the slicing task has been added to a wait queue. You'll be able to see a queueDatefor when it has been queued.

  • started: means that the slicing task has been picked up by one of our slicing servers and is being processed. The response will have a startDateproperty for when the slicing actually started.

  • running: It means that the slicing task processing is done and slicing is running. In this case, the response will have a progressproperty that will tell you how far along is the slicing task is.

  • finished: means the slicing task is finished and you're free to download the output file which will be either a GCode or an FCode file. When the status is finished, the response will also have two additional properties. So, instead of progress, it will have the outputand infoproperties.  The outputhas information about the output file, and the infoproperty has information about the print (estimated filament length, weight and time).

  • failed: means the slicing task failed for some reason. In this case, the response will have an errorproperty which will contain details about the error that happened.

  • cancelled: means you cancelled the slicing task.

For now, we're going to assume the slicing task is finished at the time of the request. You'll notice in the samples below that the response has two additional properties: infoand output. Save theoutput -> outputId because we will be using in the next request.

HTTP Request

GET https://realvisiononline.azure-api.net/v1/stl/tasks/b596ac31-a782-4776-99cb-11aa2fcb534e HTTP/1.1

Cache-Control: no-cache
Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: [YOUR_SUBSCRIPTION_KEY_HERE]

HTTP Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

content-type: application/json; charset=utf-8
date: Thu,17Dec202010:54:21 GMT
transfer-encoding: chunked
vary: Origin

{
"taskId": "b596ac31-a782-4776-99cb-11aa2fcb534e",
"queueDate": "2020-12-17T04:45:10.860Z",
"startDate": "2020-12-17T04:45:12.892Z",
"endDate": "2020-12-17T04:45:14.661Z",
"status": "finished",
"files": [
{
"fileId": "7f6b4cdc-d502-4197-9ae1-970ebde7e2b4",
"fileName": "benchy.stl",
"type":"STL"
}
],
"settings":{
"printerModel": "Creality Ender 3",
"supportType":"n",
"filamentPresetName":"CreaTECH_PLA"
},
"progress": 1,
"info": {
"time": "0:19:40",
"length": "1.69meter(s)",
"weight": "5gram(s)"
},
"output": {
"outputName": "benchy.gcode",
"outputId":"cd5b659e-3ff3-4fb4-92a2-46136072ad1a",
"taskId":"b596ac31-a782-4776-99cb-11aa2fcb534e",
"fileId":"cd5b659e-3ff3-4fb4-92a2-46136072ad1a",
"format":"GCODE"
}
}

Step 4: Download output file (FCode/GCode)

GET /output/{outputId}/download

Use the outputId you got back from the previous request to download the final file.

HTTP Request

GET https://realvisiononline.azure-api.net/v1/output/cd5b659e-3ff3-4fb4-92a2-46136072ad1a/download HTTP/1.1 

Cache-Control: no-cache
Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: [YOUR_SUBSCRIPTION_KEY_HERE]
HTTP/1.1 200 OK 

content-disposition: attachment; filename=benchy.gcode; filename*=UTF-8''benchy.gcode
content-type: application/octet-stream date: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:04:48 GMT
vary: Origin


; G-Code flavour: Marlin
; Print time: 0:19:40
; Filament used: 1.69 meter(s)
; Estimated weight: 5 gram(s)

...

HTTP Response

The response above is a truncated gcodefile just for example purposes.

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