It seems like 3D printers connecting website 3D Hubs has a new competitor: 3DPrinterOS. This San Francisco-based platform is an open cloud system, which calls itself the world’s first open 3D printing operator. Aaron Roy, who has been writing several articles for our website, is one of the people working at 3DPrinterOS, and he told us about this interesting project. What 3DPrinterOS basically does is that connects your 3D printer to the cloud and enables you as a user to connect both your smartphone and laptop to a printer.
The software works on a variety of 3D printer brands, such as Ultimaker, Makerbot and Leapfrog printers. The useful thing about this system is that it enables users to manage multiple printers through one platform. In addition, users can stream designs directly to 3D printers without having to expose source files to third parties.
The platform will collaborate with 3DPonics, which is an open-source DIY 3D printable hydroponics system. People can use it to ‘grow their own food, follow a healthy lifestyle, support local agriculture and do something good for the environment’. The project went to Kickstarter in July this year and got funded in early August. The team is now building an online community of farmers. The idea is that they can meet, help each other out, share ideas, collaborate and post pictures and videos which are relevant to their skills.
Michael Golubev, 3Dponics Founder and CEO, said the following:
“3DPrinterOS integrating our project files is hugely positive. Soon, tons of people will have 3D printers inside their homes, so it’s crucial these people have access to meaningful, sustainable projects—ones that benefit themselves, the public, and the environment. The way we see it is, eventually, anyone using a 3D printer, whether it’s a Makerbot, Ultimaker or Leapfrog, will have the ability to access 3Dponics via 3DPrinterOS, and that’s what we want. It’s an open source project: the more people who know about it and build it, the better.”
It’s the first of many possible collaborations to come for 3DPrinterOS. 3D printing cloud systems seem to become more and more important for many. But will they soon become mainstream? It will probably take a while before the masses explore the possibilities of such cloud systems. However, this advertising video by 3DPrinterOS definitely gives a good impression of the company’s goals: attracting the non-techies, which – in fact – are the masses.
Image: tomatoes by 3Dponics, credits: 3Dponics.