Olaf the snowman
In my initial review of the BEEVERYCREATIVE BEETHEFIRST 3D printer, which is on loan from the sole UK reseller Hawk3DProto, I was largely positive except for one slight issue, the standalone issue. For a new printer to hit the market and not be standalone seemed a little odd, having to have your laptop plugged into the printer for the duration of the print could cause all sorts of complications.
Though one may think that you may need some hardware peripheral like AstroPrint to solve this issue, BEEVERYCREATIVE have proved me wrong, just like the Google Nexus 4’s hidden LTE chip the BEETHEFIRST does have the RAM and the capabilities to be standalone. All that was required was a simple software update.
BEESOFT 3.9 is only in BETA but contains one feature that vastly improves the printer’s usability 'Autonomy'. By checking this box after setting up your model the software transfers the data onto the BEETHEFIRST’s onboard computer and you can disconnect your laptop to your heart’s content.
3.9 is available across all platforms and still has a few creases to be ironed out before it leaves BETA testing but it shows that BEEVERYCREATIVE did future-proof their machine when building the hardware.
Our Group Advertising Manager's daughter turned 9 this week and is, like most kids her age, obsessed with the surprise smash-hit, Disney’s Frozen. So for her birthday we decided to see if we could print off the film’s star comedic turn Olaf, the all-singing, all-dancing snowman.
Though there are a few unofficial variations of Olaf available on Thingiverse it struck me that official assets, which could be stripped directly from the various software packages like Autodesk used by Disney Animation, could be licensed in the likes of the MakerBot Digital Store, I could really see the appeal for something as massively popular as Frozen. One can only imagine what with how heavily involved in the 3D printing world Disney are this is something they are looking at themselves.
For now she’ll have to settle for Cerebus333’s version of Olaf, printed in White PLA on low-res. It only took 24 minutes and that 24 minutes was untethered, standalone 3D printing. The model printed perfectly, in the ventilated room behind me, I was able to start this blog while it printed. The joys of standalone.
The next feature that BEEVERYCREATIVE have told TCT will be featured in the coming months is the much needed pause feature, that should allow us to change the colour of the filament mid-print.