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New Open Source 3D Printer Can Print Without Human Intervention ( 49

Slashdot reader mmiscool shares some videos about "the next step in 3D printing": Autodrop3d is an open source system that solves the problem of needing a human to remove a 3D print from its print bed. Implemented as an open source hardware and software system, it allows for web based, multi-user print queue, automatic notifications, and web-based CAD design tools to all be integrated in one open source system. There's a video that shows the hardware in operation and a link to the web site with a Git repository for the software and hardware components.
Autodrop3D is now raising money on Kickstarter, promising to show their support for open source innovation by "releasing all of our documentation, design files, and software prior to the end of this Kickstarter campaign."

And for $75 pledges, "we will 3D print an object of your choice and mail it to you.... You will also receive our heartfelt thanks."
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New Open Source 3D Printer Can Print Without Human Intervention

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  • I found more useful to support this project on kickstarter that is going to leave to the public open documentation, than supporting Oculus that made some guys rich and sold all the assets to Facebook.
  • by Waffle Iron ( 339739 ) on Saturday October 07, 2017 @01:20PM (#55327769)

    I think I used this technology almost 50 years ago, at the zoo. I got a plastic elephant fabricated on demand with no human help.

  • by burhop ( 2883223 ) on Saturday October 07, 2017 @02:33PM (#55328045)

    Good idea? Sure. I hope they are successful. However, this only addresses one of many problems in automated printing.

    Slashdot worthy? No. Props to whomever got this kickstarter posted here. I'll watch your marketing career with great interest.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Agreed. Am I missing something? All this machine does is scrape the model from the base plate. What about all the other human interactions? Does this machine cut away the print supports or the raft? Does it monitor the print and then stop the print if there is an error? After an error, does it pause to recalibrate itself?

    • Isn't that what Palpatine said?
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday October 07, 2017 @04:36PM (#55328433)

    I admit I'm certainly not the person using his 3D-printer very heavily, but is there really a market for that? Personally, I am kinda wary to leave the 3D printer alone while it's working anyway.

  • My prints would jamb and it would burst into flames all without human supervision
    • My prints would jamb and it would burst into flames all without human supervision

      Is it possible you are holding it wrong?

      I had the problem of my 3D printer falling over, bursting into flames, and then sinking into the swamp until I figured this out.

  • I'm looking at the CR-10s 3D printer because it has a build area of 500mmx500mmx500mm, the projects I'm working on need that size. Suggestions?
  • what's thepurpose of having a NSFW logo? I mean not even porn companies have NSFW logos. Really shows howserious they are.
    • We made the 3d printer publicly available on the internet for a short period of time. You can only imagine the giant pile of phallic shaped objects we came back to in the morning.
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