One of the beauties stemming from one of the most crucial elements of 3D design and 3D printing that has allowed incredible genius to flourish is the lack of rules, structure, and uniformity. Makers worldwide have come together to form a community that is engaged, cohesive, and dedicated not only to creation and innovation in 3D printing, but it most definitely acts as a global think tank as well — with all of the making and ‘thinking’ centered around, as well as relying on, a great deal of technology and equipment that often defies traditional standards.
Currently there are many designers, engineers, and artists with varying types and degrees of 3D printing equipment. While many great minds out there abound with promising concepts and innovations, the financial aspects of 3D printing can be constricting, and due to that, many different 3D printing services and hub offerings have sprung up.
These days, if you have an idea that requires 3D printing, there’s really no question as to how to get it done — and you may even be able to find 3D printing services at your local library for free, with the exception of material — or at your university.
The question that does begin to loom though, as we all consider the previous advent of the computer and internet age, is interoperability. Without squelching the independence of engineers, artists, scientists, and hackers worldwide, 3DPrinterOS aims to create a standard for 3D printing that will cause everyone to look forward to 3D printing with less hassle, whether or not they own their own 3D printer, or perhaps they want to manage multiple 3D printers from one console.
Offering a cloud-based operating system which everyone can use, 3DPrinterOS is launching a single platform that will allow users not only to 3D print from virtually anywhere but it also propagates the maker community even further in encouraging and providing a great avenue for collaborating on multiple 3D designs.
3DPrinterOS has been in beta testing since last year and will now be officially launched to the general public, where novices and those 3D printing on all levels will be able to enjoy the security of 3D printing directly from the cloud, and they can make changes, slice, and manage prints on more than one 3D printer as well.
Opening not only a new avenue, but a whole new unprecedented world of accessibility, 3D designers and 3D printing enthusiasts will find an enormous network of 3D manufacturing hubs worldwide open to them with the 3DPrinterOS cloud-based system. Users can, in real time, both manage and share 3D printers as well as uploading a variety of 3D designs from CAD and file types such as STL, AMF, PLY, OBJ, STL, or G-code. Customized settings as well as a ‘Magic Fix’ app can be employed for transferring, converting, and ‘orienting’ designs.
- Slicing capabilities from the cloud
- 3D design and 3D printer sharing
- Live support and management for multiple printers
- Cloud rendering of STL and G-code
“The user benefits are enormous in terms of agility, speed and cost. While current desktop 3D printing software is slow and cumbersome, our cloud-based solution cuts the time to slice a 3D file from 15 minutes to 15 seconds,” said Anton Vedesin, chief technology officer at 3DPrinterOS. “We’re excited to see how these advancements change the trajectory of mass adoption of 3D printing.”
The idea is to streamline the 3D printing process and lessen some of the convoluted operability issues beginning to creep into the worldwide 3D printing community. While most 3D printing systems are not interoperable, with 3DPrinterOS, the software can be embedded — and works with any 3D printer.
“Much as the current era of modern computing was revolutionized by the standardization delivered by Microsoft’s DOS operating system, we’re ushering in the next phase of 3D printing with our advanced networked operating system,” said John Dogru, chief executive officer at 3DPrinterOS. “We’ve designed 3DPrinterOS to deliver a standard interface that puts simple tools in the hands of users at all skill levels. Now anyone with a 3D printer can connect it to our platform so that it can be accessed from any Web-enabled device, anywhere in the world.”
Unique in its concept, this sounds like a new way for makers on all levels to have designs 3D printed — and it’s also a fun way to encourage sharing and collaboration as they can search and upload content and share CAD files with other designers. With the growing number of individuals who both study and work from home, it offers not only a convenient way to 3D print but a very convenient way to work on projects, whether simple or complex, without worrying about file types or equipment types.
The very nature of 3D design and 3D printing and conceptualizing is not interrupted, but the whole process is indeed made easier as the 3DPrinterOS team states that “anyone with a 3D printer can plug in, connect their 3D printer to the cloud and share printers for access from anywhere, anytime and from any web-enabled device.”