MakerBot today announced a major update to its print preparation and management solution, MakerBot CloudPrint, which launched in 2020.
The solution now includes an improved interface for a smoother user experience and several new upgraded features that allow users to go from CAD file to 3D printed part faster than before.
MakerBot’s CloudPrint app is a cloud-based tool that allows users to prepare, print, manage, and monitor 3D print jobs easily and securely from their browser. The system is used in both professional and educational settings.
The updated software now allows users to have a more efficient and seamless 3D printing workflow to help speed up design, test and iteration cycles.
CloudPrint 2.0 integrates cloud-based print preparation and workspace management with an enhanced user interface. New features such as the ability to import multi-body parts and automatically adjust parts for the least amount of support material used when printing with Smart Orient.
“The secret to successful 3D printing goes beyond hardware and includes the entire ecosystem of materials, accessories and software. The enhancements we’ve made to MakerBot CloudPrint are designed to provide a more streamlined approach so users can focus on other important tasks,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot.
Goshen continued, “CloudPrint takes the guesswork out of print preparation and workspace management. With an easy-to-use and secure workflow, CloudPrint gives users better control and management of their prints from start to finish. »
As part of the new CAD-to-part workflow, imported multi-body parts are automatically mapped to the build plate, meaning users don’t have to convert their native CAD files and import them individually.
New smart orientation feature means parts can be oriented automatically, so they use the least amount of support material during the print process, helping to reduce print and post-processing times .
New user interface updates more tightly integrate print preparation and workspace management. Users can now easily switch between the two and the last part will be automatically saved in the print preparation part of the app, so users can easily go back and make changes.
Users can optimize the use of their printer by slicing and spooling print jobs for later. Once a print is complete and removed from the build plate, the next can be started immediately from the printer screen.
A user can now add a print to the queue when the material selected in CloudPrint is different from the material in the printer. This new feature improves workflow by allowing users to queue more prints in advance and switch materials as needed.
Updated printer details page now includes chamber and extruder temperatures as well as the ability to add user notes to a print. A new notification tab provides a centralized location to receive notifications about the status of a printer, queue, or print.
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