Eiger Deployments


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Eiger is the 3D printing software developed by Markforged. It was designed from the ground up to be secure, convenient to access, and easy to use. More than just slicer software, Eiger functions as a comprehensive part and build management solution and interface to Markforged devices.

Eiger deals with four kinds of data:

  • STL files
  • Internal slice data
  • MFP files
  • Generic application data

STL files are the standard file type used by all additive manufacturing systems. STL files are exported by CAD and 3D modeling programs as a simplified mesh of only surface geometry. STL files lack metadata relating to CAD or the originating program.

Internal slice data is the intermediate representation of the sliced STL file that we use in the Internal View.

MFP files (MarkForged Print) are the raw output of Eiger that our Markforged printers use to print your part.

Generic application data refers to both the application code sent from the server to the user to run the application, and schema data sent from the user to the server to verify that user data is not corrupted between updates. This includes information that associates part builds with organizations and users, versioning information, etc. Application data sent from the user to the server does not include any CAD data.

 

Cloud Eiger

To use Cloud Eiger, the standard Eiger deployment, navigate to eiger.io in a Google Chrome browser window and register for an account. Once registered, the website has everything you need to transform an STL file into a completed part. Cloud Eiger automatically backs up your data in our secure cloud storage. This data cannot be accessed by anyone outside of your Eiger organization, including Markforged employees, without explicit permission from you.

Cloud Eiger requires an Internet connection to verify user identities. All communication with Markforged servers is encrypted.
Note: Cloud Eiger does not require that your printer have an Internet connection; however, if your printer is not connected to the Internet, no printer data will be collected and all printer updates and print files will need to be manually transferred to the printer via USB.

 

Local Storage Eiger

Local Storage Eiger is a containerized version of Cloud Eiger that stores STL files, internal slice data, and MFP files on your hard drive. Generic application data is the only information exchanged with the Eiger server. Local Storage Eiger specifically does not transmit your STL files, generated print files, or any specific geometric information about your part; however, it does transmit – encrypted and under our Privacy Policy – part settings, material amount / print volume used, and account information for the license server. Since all part data is stored locally, you will need to manually transfer print files to the printer via USB.

Local Storage Eiger requires an Internet connection to verify user identities.
Note: Local Storage Eiger does not require that your printer have an Internet connection; however, if your printer is not connected to the Internet, no printer data will be collected and all printer updates will need to be manually transferred to the printer via USB.

OS requirements:

  • Windows: 7 or later
  • Mac: OS X Yosemite version 10.10 or later
  • All operating systems must be 64-bit for proper use

For more information on Local Storage Eiger installation, see Installing Local Storage Eiger.