How to set up Octoprint easily with 3DPrinterOS.
3D printing is becoming more accessible to the general public, and its use will be further facilitated as OctoPrint and 3DPrinterOS have announced that they will be partnering up.
Customers now can easily log into 3DPrinterOS.com and the Octoprint Plug is easy to install and connect your 3D printer online, for remote control and easier access.
This is exciting news as more homes and companies are using 3D printers for different purposes, and this integration brings with it the expectation of a more streamlined use.
What is a 3D Printer?
A 3D Printer creates three-dimensional objects from different materials like powder or plastic by using computer-aided design (CAD). These printers are very flexible and can print a variety of different things. The printing works in layers where they are piled up on top of each other, bottom to top, until the finished object is complete.
What is Octoprint?
OctoPrint is a Web interface for printers. This application is used to control your 3D printer remotely.
This open-source solution first launched in 2012, with the more stable version that came out early this year. It is a globally popular product available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, and it is all being developed by a lone German software engineer - Gina Häußge.
What is 3DPrinterOS?
3DPrinterOS is an operating system for 3D printers, and it offers complete software packages such as Firmware, Cloud Platforms, etc. It covers all the aspects of 3D printing, as well as advanced manufacturing workflows.
3DPrinterOS has made its mission to ease 3D printer management, and this partnership is aimed to help ease integration processes.
What are the uses of a 3D printer?
A 3D printer can be used in many different industries for multiple purposes. Some of which are:
Medicine and Healthcare
3D printing is used in a few particular fields of medicine - namely bioprinting and prosthetics.
Bioprinting is where cells and growth factors are joined together to make structures similar to tissue where they can mimic their natural counterparts.
Prosthetics made via 3D printing are modifiable to a patient's particular measurements and requirements, which are a cheaper alternative to normal prosthetics.
These are especially useful in children, as their size is constantly changing, so it would be expensive to purchase new prosthetics as soon as the old one is outgrown, but this is not an issue with 3D printable prosthetics as these can be changed multiple times a year at much lower cost points.
3D printing allows students to easily create inexpensive prototypes without the need for advanced and heavy-duty tools. It gives the students a way to turn ideas from a page to a physical item that they can see and hold, and it brings their creativity to life.
3D printed objects can get completed within a few hours, depending on the particular size, design, and complexity. This is still considered faster than traditional methods, which could easily take more hours, or even days to complete.
The designing process of the objects can also be quicker as creating CAD or STL files is relatively quick, and when these files are created, they are ready to be printed.
3D printing enables the construction industry to fabricate buildings and components inexpensively. The construction rate can be faster, the labor costs are significantly lower, the level of waste produced is also lower, and the construction is more accurate and complex.
Jewellery makers can experiment with different designs and try out more innovative and creative styles that would be difficult and waste resources in the normal jewellery-making methods. The jewellery can also be customized to the customers' preferences and uniquely catered to their demands at cheaper costs when using certain 3D printing materials.
What will this integration bring?
By 3DPrinterOS teaming up with OctoPrint to become its corporate sponsor, it will open up a new avenue for the future of 3D printing. This promising integration will only benefit the 3D printing market and further normalize its personal and commercial use.
The problem with these integrations
The main issue with these integrations is that it is expensive and difficult to integrate 3D printers and build software.
You need to have a great level of experience and expertise, as well as a hefty chunk of change - easily in the millions. The programmer-level skill required is not easy to come by. This is where many companies seem to lack such resources, as in-house programming teams are needed to integrate OctoPrint fully.
Due to the companies falling short on these requirements, integrations have not been as successful in the past.
OctoPrint and 3DPrinterOS
3DPrinterOS brings with it its new 3D Printer Software Development Kit, where they aim to provide solutions to companies that have machines. This is not only catered to those working up to a new installation type. It also works for something new being offered to the market.
Whatever the case may be, 3DPrinterOS wants to facilitate these companies and help them get their products or services to the market.
3DPrinterOS strives to provide cost-friendly and less time-consuming 3D printing software solutions for you and your company's FFF 3D printers.
When working with high-end customers such as FFF 3D printer manufacturers, users, makers, etc., 3DPrinterOS tries to find the best and easiest solutions for 3D printing integration. They offer this as a software service, where you get everything in a single place instead of needing to hire an entire team.
The 3DPrinterOS SDK comes in two versions - free and paid. The free version is packed with features, but the paid version is for the premium consumers that desire access to more advanced features.
To begin your integration, speak to one of our 3DPrinterOS experts, such as our CTO and Co-Founder Anton Vedeshin, to find timely and affordable solutions with guaranteed effectiveness.
Due to our financial sponsorship of OctoPrint, 3D printers sold with our license are a way to bring financial support to a community.
About 3D Control Systems
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