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Turning your 3D printer into a smart printer
We’ve said several times that although 3D printing is bleeding edge in of itself many of the features one would expect of a new technology simply aren’t available; features like wireless printing, true plug ‘n’ play capability, simple software, and tablet and smartphone capabilities.
While the likes of 3D Systems and MakerBot are starting to catch up with other technology, like wearable tech, it is frustrating for those early adopters who invested a large chunk of money for a 3D printer only for it to be left almost obsolete.
AstroPrint aims to change that with their peripheral and software bundle that makes the printer your shelled a thousand bucks out for, a whole load smarter.
At the core of AstroPrint’s platform is AstroBox, a module that plugs into the back of a host of open-source 3D printers and the AstroPrint.com app that can connects to AstroBox to control your 3D printer.
“With AstroPrint, we mark a significant milestone in our mission to make 3D printing smarter, and more effortless,” said Drew Taylor, CEO and Founder of AstroPrint. “We really focused on the simplicity of the user interface so that those starting out will feel at home, while making it sophisticated enough to allow power users to tweak and control every advanced setting on their 3D printer.”
Founder and Chief Design Officer, Joshua White added: “The design of the user interface was particularly important to us. We spared no effort and the result is stunning- Beautiful, intuitive and functional. We also loaded in smart features such as Slicing Intelligence, a feature that recommends printer settings to get better results. In all, we are extraordinarily proud of what we have achieved.”
Both Drew and Joshua come are founders at 3D printing model marketplace 3Dagogo, there’s no doubt that AstroPrint was an in-house project that has found its way onto Kickstarter.
The Kickstarter goal is an achievable $10,000 and with a comprehensive bunch of pledge options – from DIY Arduino, Raspberry Pi package to a full production run – we imagine they’ll have no problems achieving that.