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Posted · WANT!!! Duke University UM2 rack mounted dream set up!

That's a very expensive...yet impressive, set up

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Posted · WANT!!! Duke University UM2 rack mounted dream set up!

may sound dumb, but here I go

¿Are each of those printers plugged to a single computer? or ¿Is there a way to control all of them from a single computer?

 

I´ve been breaking my head, thinking of the way I can set a 3D printing "farm", "factory" or "hub" (if you will) , but haven´t figured it out

 

¿Could somebody help me understan this?

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Posted · WANT!!! Duke University UM2 rack mounted dream set up!

They are likely all connected to a small computer each (think like a Raspberry Pi). Each individual small computer communicates with a cloud-server. You can control all printers through the cloud service.

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Posted · WANT!!! Duke University UM2 rack mounted dream set up!
3 hours ago, Aeiou1234 said:

¿Are each of those printers plugged to a single computer?

 

Yes, each one has a raspberry Pi and web cam plugged into it. It's a free for all, students just use the web page to browse thought the printer's cameras to find one that is free, then they send their print job to that printer.

https://www.3dprinteros.com/store/easybox-cloud-3d-printer-management/

 

I goofed around with 3dprinterOS is NOT cheap and NOT opensource, and does not really deliver on the accounting side which was most interesting to me as an educator who needs to keep track of who's printing what and accounting quotas. I have not found anything that does that.

 

Maybe see if the will fit your needs, the opensource and free Octoprint it is pretty awesome https://octoprint.org/

 

There are some "real print farm" projects out there used by Luzbot and prusa but I have not looked to see if they are sharing.

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