MakerBot, a Stratasys company, has announced a significant upgrade to MakerBot CloudPrint™, its print preparation and management solution. MakerBot CloudPrint now has an improved interface for a more seamless user experience, as well as several new and improved features that allow users to go from CAD file to 3D-printed part faster than ever before.
“The secret to successful 3D printing goes beyond just the hardware and includes the full ecosystem of materials, accessories, and software. The improvements we have made to MakerBot CloudPrint are designed to provide a more streamlined approach so that users can focus on other important tasks. 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.”– Nadav Goshen, CEO at MakerBot
MakerBot CloudPrint 2.0
MakerBot CloudPrint is a cloud-based application that allows users to easily and securely prepare, print, manage, and monitor 3D print jobs from their browser. The software’s goal is to provide professional and educational users with a more efficient and seamless 3D printing workflow, which will aid in the acceleration of design, testing, and iteration cycles.
CloudPrint 2.0 integrates cloud-based print preparation and workspace management with an improved user interface, queueing, and notifications. With new features like the ability to import multi-body parts and automatically adjust parts for the least amount of support material used during printing with Smart Orient, users can go from CAD to part faster.
New features of MakerBot CloudPrint 2.0
- Faster CAD to Part Workflow: Several new features make it easier for users to transition from CAD file to printed part. Users can now import native, multi-body CAD parts and have them auto plate on the build plate. This eliminates the need for users to convert and import their native CAD files individually. Parts can be automatically oriented with the new Smart Orient feature so that they use the least amount of support material during the printing process, reducing print and post-processing times.
- Print Preparation and Workspace Management are Seamlessly Integrated: MakerBot CloudPrint offers a fully cloud-based workflow for the entire 3D printing process, from print preparation to workspace management and print monitoring. Workspaces enable users to collaborate with other users while also managing printers and prints. The new user interface updates integrate print preparation and workspace management more closely. Users can now easily switch between the two, and the most recent part is automatically saved in the print preparation section of the application, allowing users to easily go back and make changes.
- Improved Queue Management: By slicing and queueing print jobs for later, users can maximize their printer usage. When a print is completed and removed from the build plate, the next one can be started immediately from the printer display. When the material selected in CloudPrint differs from the material in the printer, the user can now add a print to the queue. This improves workflow by allowing users to queue more prints ahead of time and switch materials as needed.
- Improved Monitoring and Notifications: CloudPrint makes it simple for users to keep track of their printers and print jobs. An updated printer detail page now includes chamber and extruder temperatures, as well as the ability to add user notes to a print, in addition to the status of a print and a camera feed from their printers. A new notification tab provides a centralized location for receiving notifications about the status of a printer, queue, or print, assisting in the streamlining of the printing process for more efficient utilization and downtime reduction.
CloudPrint provides industry-standard security and advanced encryption to safeguard data against unauthorized access. Team members can be added to workspaces, and their access levels can be tailored and adjusted as needed. The simple dashboard and advanced reporting features provide a better view of workspace activity, such as previous jobs, errors, and upcoming prints. Users are also notified when a print is added to the queue or when their account information changes.
CloudPrint includes regular updates to ensure users have access to more features, as well as the most recent print preparation and management capabilities required to streamline the 3D printing workflow. CloudPrint is a free service that works with the MakerBot METHOD® platform, the MakerBot SKETCH® 3D printer series, and the MakerBot Replicator® 3D printer series.
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