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Zortrax Introduces inCloud 3D Printing Management System that enables Remote Management of 3D Printers

3D printing management system
  • Zortrax launched a system for managing 3D printers in the cloud
  • The solution enables remote control of one or more devices and supervision
    of the entire printing process
  • This service reduces the number of man-hours required to operate 3D printing farms. The users will be able to send models to selected printers and initiate a printing process from anywhere in the world
  • Zortrax ensures the privacy and safe transfer of all files sent through the inCloud 3D printing management system in accordance with the Privacy Policy rules
Zortrax 3D printers
Above: The Zortrax-inCloud/Image Credit: Zortrax

Zortrax, the polish 3D printer manufacturer, announced the launch of its inCloud 3D printing management system – a cloud-based service that enables advanced, remote management of Zortrax 3D printers from anywhere in the world. This solution will optimize the management of 3D printing manufacturing processes for both single-device users and businesses running large 3D printing farms. It will also help to reduce the number of man-hours necessary to run the printing process. Working on Zortrax devices will become even faster, more efficient and easier.

Zortrax inCloud 3D printing management system is dedicated to users of this company’s printers. Before it became available to the public, it had been used by Zortrax staff to manage about 200 printers performing in dedicated printrooms at Zortrax headquarters.

Speaking about the Zortrax inCloud 3D printing management system, Rafał Tomasiak, CEO of Zortrax explained, “Hundreds of different designs, prototypes and test prints are created in our company every day. Our managers stood in need of the effective software to operate multiple devices simultaneously. It was important not only to be able to initiate specific prints remotely, but also to look into the history of the printouts and to check the current state of the given machine without having to approach it. The inCloud 3D printing management system allows you to assign individual devices to a selected group of employees – this is especially important in large companies where one printer is operated by several people. The solution we have created improves the entire printing process. We use this system every day while planning work on our devices. Now we make it available to all users of Zortrax printers.”

inCloud 3D printing management system
Above: ZORTRAX inCloud 3D printing UVLCD management/Image Credit: Zortrax

The new Zortrax inCloud 3D printing management system allows users to upload a selected model to a chosen 3D printer and start or pause the printing of the model remotely. A special Multiprint function introduced within the Zortrax inCloud 3D printing management system is aimed primarily at businesses running large 3D printing farms. It allows for the selection of currently available devices and the order of mass printouts, so that all models, printed on various devices, are manufactured and finished at the same time.

Users can also remotely access cameras built in the M Series Plus machines to check if the previously printed models have been removed from build platforms and the machines are really ready to go. They can even see the ongoing printing process on live footage. The system allows for building teams of the users with access to the inCloud 3D printing management system within the company and assigning available 3D printers to each of those teams.

That is a particularly important feature for the enterprises seeking to limit the number of people working on site, due to the pandemic safety measures. Ready-to-print models can be uploaded directly to the chosen printer or printers, so there is no need for employees to operate the machines on the spot. It suffices to have one staff member at the office to take the prints off the build platform once the printing is done.

Since some of the projects printed through the inCloud 3D printing management system might be confidential, Zortrax inCloud has been designed to ensure the highest level of privacy possible.

Paweł Gulewicz, Head of IT from Zortrax added, “We know that models and prototypes created on our printers are valuable intellectual property. Protecting our users’ privacy is one of our top priorities. With the remote management of a printing process, models are sent to a selected printer or printers through our servers. All the transmissions are encrypted to prevent interception by unwanted users or devices. As soon as the file is loaded on a target printer, it is automatically removed from our servers. We only store basic data (such as the use of material or printing time) necessary to provide users with the history of their prints. We guarantee the highest level of security.”

The remote management system is available for users from September 2, 2020. Zortrax inCloud 3D printing management system enables free transfer of models up to 1 GB total. It is possible to upgrade the service up to 3 GB for the Standard Plan, 16 GB for the Professional Plan and 50 GB for the Enterprise Plan. The available transfer is renewed monthly. And there is also an option to buy more transfer, if need be. More information about this solution can be found on the company’s website.


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