3D Printer OS That Connects To Cloud Now Downloadable
3D printing is widely becoming a phenomenon with recently managing to replicate the heart model of a human and creating custom shaped ice cream. Now readily being made available in libraries and public places, 3D printers will be reaching the average Joe with variety of options to select from.
However, one glitch in this moment of merriment is that the whole system is very fragmented; there are variety of egregious open source apps available, while some users will create their own solutions for this purpose. With the 3D printers spreading, there is urgent need for standardization.
A group of engineers has now taken upon themselves to create a standard OS for all 3D printers, so that the user in a library will see the same functions in a printer available in an internet cafe.
The software, called 3DPrinterOS, is an independent system that connects to various popular printers, and works on Mac, Windows, Linux and Raspberry Pi. Utilizing 3DPrinterOS, the 3D printer becomes a virtual “black box,” which makes the process of printing for the users as simple as sending the files and printing them. Moreover, it allows users to control and submit print jobs over the Internet. The OS so far is compatible with the most popular printers like:
- RepRap models
“It’s incredibly exciting how fast the 3D Printing world is growing but without a platform that’s able to communicate across printers, softwares and applications users are unable to truly enjoy and unleash the full potential of 3D Printing,” said CEO John Dogru.
“Our goal is a platform compatible with the majority of design tools and 3D printers so dreamers, designers and first time makers can collaborate, communicate and create in a universal language for the first time.”
The goal of this software system is to make 3D printing as easy as 2D printing for more users to avail this technology. The greatest feature of 3DPrinterOS is that you can connect your printer to the cloud, which gives you control to print anything from anywhere. And then while adding the printer wizard on your computer, you can choose to access a 3D printer, that either belongs to you, an organization, your friend, or is present anywhere in the world.
The trick to making this system so easy to use and accessible is the shifting of complex stuff to the server, so the load of 20+ clicks in current systems is reduced to just a few.
“The ability to 3D Print is incredibly exciting,” said Dogru. “We still get blown away watching a 3D Printer whir to life to create a physical object out of something that was just an idea a few moments ago. We want to share that excitement and sense of wonder with the entire world.”