German RepRap Unveils Their 3DPrintBox: Allows for stand-alone 3D printing and monitoring

Share this Article

g1When I got my first 3D printer, which a friend of mine had built in his basement, I loved it! After using it for several months, I realized that there were a couple of things which really began to get under my skin, however. For one, the fact that I had to have this bulky, ugly bunch of plastic and metal sitting on the right side of my desk, taking up more real estate than my entire computer, monitor, mouse, and keyboard combined, had me frustrated. Also, I do a lot of writing from my desk, and the slightest bit of noise — much less the motors churning on a 3D printer — can throw my brain for a loop. So often I had wished that I could take my 3D printer, put it upstairs in a quiet room, and still be able to send over files for printing.

Fast forward about two and a half years, and there are numerous machines out there which allow for remote monitoring, as well as printing over a web browser. With that said, there remain tens of thousands of machines out there in people’s homes and businesses which are not compatible with such a setup.

German RepRap, the Feldkirchen-based company known for their 3D printing solutions based on RepRap technology, has come up with a rather affordable solution to these problems many of us may face. Today they have unveiled their 3DPrintBox, a device which allows for the stand-alone 3D printing via WLAN as well as web browser-enabled printer controls.

3DPrintBox

3DPrintBox

The 3DPrintBox features three USB ports, as well as an Ethernet connector, and will allow any 3D printer which has a USB interface to easily connect to a network via Ethernet or WLAN.  The printer can then be controlled on any web-enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. No direct computer connection is necessary any longer.g3

A webcam can also be attached to the 3DPrintBox to enable remote monitoring of those larger prints when you are not sitting directly in front of them. This equates to a lower number of failed prints, more free time for the user, and the ability to place the printer out of sight and away from those trying to concentrate as they work, like me right now!

Just like German RepRap’s other products, the development files for the 3DPrintBox will be made available to the Open Source community for them to improve upon if they see fit. This new device is being made available by German RepRap for just €149, and is available immediately on their website.

Have you tried out this new box? Let’s hear your thoughts in the 3DPrintBox forum thread on 3DPB.com.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

Equispheres Receives $8 Million from SDTC to Scale Metal 3D Printing Powder Production

3D Printed Diagnostics: Smartphone Attachments & Software for Detecting Parasitic Infections



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing News Briefs: March 23, 2018

We’re starting off with some major medical news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs – Materialise is the first company in the world to receive FDA clearance for 3D printed...

Get Ready, Makers: OtterBox Has Released CAD Designs for 3D Printable uniVERSE Case System Accessory Mount

The same day I purchased my very first iPhone several years ago, I also bought a light purple OtterBox case for it, having been told by all of my other...

Researchers Use Inkjet 3D Printing to Create Fast, Accurate, Inexpensive Diagnostic Tool

From whirligigs and models to printers and smart bathrooms, 3D printing technology has definitely made an impact on diagnostics. Healthcare workers use diagnostic tools to detect and determine the severity...

3D Printed MRI-Compatible Biopsy Robot Works to Diagnose Breast Cancer

I first truly became aware of 3D technology sometime in 2010 or 2011, when I went to the mall with my co-worker during our lunch break to grab a chili...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Services & Data

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!