Portability is what we all want now-a-days. Seemingly everything in our lives is slowly integrating into our smartphone’s framework, allowing us all to control our lives with a few pushes of a button, or even by speaking to our phones. There are apps out there to control our TVs, our garage door openers, our home lighting, alarm systems, and even 3D printers. This convergence of technology will only quicken its pace as we move into 2015.
One German-based developer has created quite a robust application for managing your 3D printer from an Android smartphone or tablet. The app, called GCodePrintr, enables full monitoring and control over the typical print process, freeing up time, and creating a streamlined interface for the user to manage things even when in another room of their home. GCodePrintr has thus far received rave reviews, generating a 4.7 out 5.0 rating on Google’s Play Store.
“FOR THE WIN! This app ran my printer better than my PC did! Totally worth every cent! Thank you,” wrote one satisfied user.
Today, the company informed us that they have performed an extensive upgrade to the GCodePrintr app. Version 2.0 has just been released, and is available for immediate download on the Android App Store.
“I’m very excited to announce a new version of #GCodePrintr – The 3D Printing App for Android,” Mathias Dietz, the developer of the app, told 3DPrint.com. “Version 2.0 has significant improvements in all areas (look & feel, hardware support, printing, gcode parsing, etc).”
Included in this new updated version are the following changes:
- New 7″ layout
- Ability to adjust the screen’s aspect ratio
- Ability to change the printer’s temperature mid-print, and set the temperature through the web interface
- New design of the status bar
- Workaround for devices with broken dpi values
- Warns of low battery
- Switch extrude buttons to speed+/- when printing
- Smoothieware fix
- Support for round print beds
- G2/G3 Gcode rendering
- Additional macro slots
For those unfamiliar with this app, it is compatible with a number of more popular 3D printers and firmware. It is recommended that prior to purchasing GCodePrintr (priced at $4.13) you download the free version called GCode Simulator to check for compatibility.
It will be interesting to hear users’ feedback for this latest version, and see how the app will continue to evolve over the coming year. Let us know if you have downloaded this latest version. Discuss in the GCodePrintr Verion 2.0 forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out a video of GCodePrintr in action below: