A new 3D printing Kickstarter campaign by 3Dagogo has been so successful that it only needed a day to reach its initial funding goal of 10,000 dollars. So what makes this particular project such an interesting one? Well, the team came up with a system to control your 3D printer on a smartphone or tablet instead of having to use chords to computers, LED displays and complex software interfaces. The solution is called AstroPrint.
This is a box that can be connected with a 3D printer via a USB cable, called the AstroBox. This box enables users to connect and control their 3D printers over wifi from their own phones, tablets and computers. After the 3D printer has been plugged into the box, it creates its own wifi network, which you can then use on your devices in order to control your printer from your sofa.
As a user, you will then need to create a free AstroPrint.com account in order to be able to use the program on your mobile devices. Whenever a user will be creating or adjusting a 3D model, the design will be stored in the cloud. Because the system works on wifi, it will be possible to control your 3D printer from anywhere you have internet access. Another crazy feature is the possibility to install a camera, which enables you to watch the printer work on your screen. That can be useful when you’re controlling the device from a long distance.
The team went to Kickstarter in order to reduce its production costs and to be able to add some important features, such as camera support and remote access. Backers can expect their AstroBox and software in August. The AstroPrint project has started in order to make 3D printing a better, easier experience for its users and it therefore can be seen as part of a consumer printer wave in order to bring the technique to the masses. But will they succeed in doing so? You’ll read it here.
Image credits: AstroPrint.