This agreement means all users of Rapide 3D Printers can access the software support — and optimization integration for 3D printing — from a company that includes some big names from the software and cloud computing industry as founders and investors.
A standard license price per printer for the 3DPrinterOS suite is usually $150, but Rapide 3D says they’ll be including that license with each new printer that leaves their factory at no additional charge.
Users of Rapide 3D printers will receive the high-level support and technology enhancements offered by 3DPrinterOS including cloud-based services, which allow real time sharing of a user’s printer with others, slicing, and support applications for both software and hardware.
The Rapide 3D line of printers use FDM technology, feature a build volume of 170 x 170 x 170 mm, can print at a layer resolution up to 100 microns, and are capable of using ABS, PLA, and PVA filaments.
The devices feature a chassis constructed with aircraft-grade aluminum which is wrapped in a Plexi Glass and ABS sheath. The feature a heated, polished 365F aluminum build platform, and the printers are driven by a Repetier & Replicator G software bundle.
According to Rapide 3D, the software suite from 3DPrinterOS “will become the benchmark for 3D printer manufacturers in the future, and we see this cooperation now as an industry-leading decision — and one that will further enhance the value of Rapide 3D Printers for all users.”
Part of the deal includes 3DPrinterOS offering a set of training courses aimed at maximizing the potential of printers.
During 2012, following more than 10 years of product development, Rapide 3D moved the majority their business development resources towards creating a professional 3D printer which would be affordable and set new standards in printer design and technology.
What they came up with, the Rapide 3D range of printers, scanners, and drawing technologies, now allows users to connect their 3D printer to the cloud via Windows, Mac, Raspberry Pi, or Ubuntu with the inclusion of the 3DPrinterOS suite.
Users can now use that cloud application to edit, slice, and print designs from a computer, phone, or tablet; share designs and printers with a single click; and set up full print or queuing access to students.
3DPrinterOS features what they call their Magic Fix App which is capable of preparing designs automatically for 3D printing by analyzing, repairing and rotating files for printing. The suite allows users to track 3D printers, monitor the amount filament used, archive the amount of hours printed and gain complete access to complete print logs. The system also provides access to error reports from failed print jobs.
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