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3D Printer Management for Schools and Universities

3D Printer OS: Manage unlimited 3D printers, students and files from a single platform.

 

  • Get data reports for 3D printers, students and workgroups!
  • Cost estimation & Billing students
  • Single sign-on Integrations
  • Quick and easy deployment
  • 3D Printer Management

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Why use 3D Printer OS in Universities & Schools?

Firstly What is 3D Printer OS?

3D Printer OS is an easy way to use complete software packages for 3D printers. The system covers every aspect of 3D printing and advanced manufacturing workflows, solving the fragmentation of many disparate 3D printers and their associated software. Users can go directly from CAD to STL/OBJ/Step, prepare a build tray allocation, slice for 150+ types of desktop 3D printers or queue for 1200+ industrial 3D printers. The system can also monitor real time prints and share projects and printers with others.

Instant Campus Wide Access

3D Printer OS easily deploys campus wide, giving instant real-time 3D printing access to all students campus wide. Duke University in the US now has the world’s largest deployment with over 5000 students printing on over 100 printers in real-time.

Complete Tools For Education

3D Printer Applications make it simple for users of any skill-level to start and keep printing successfully. Visualise, repair, prepare and slice models for printing from a single platform.

Complete Line Of Sight

Track, monitor and audit every part of the 3D printing process with reporting tools. Use reports to bill users, analyse trends and estimate filament usage over periods of time. Justify expansion of your 3D printing program by having the data to back it up.

Unified Workflow

With 3D Printer OS you have an easy-to-use interface that works across the majority of 3D Printers. Feel comfortable in adding 3D printers knowing that you won’t have to dedicate time and resources to additional training for admins on a completely different workflow for each printer type.

Access Anywhere

Manage and view your printers on the go! With 3D Printer OS you can access and control your 3D printers and job queues from anytime, anywhere and from any device. Our live overview gives you line of sight into what’s happening on each 3D printer and works with internal and external cameras. Students can even get notification emails with GIFs of their 3D printed designs.

SSO Compatibility

Safely and securely give your students access to your entire network of 3D Printers. The 3D Printer OS system has passed independent security checks and is easy to set up for SAML 2.0, Shibboleth and other SSO protocols. The use of Active Directory is also supported to keep your users updated at all times.

Current Workflow

Current-Workflow

Student fills out approval form and sends to be approved

Student waits for approval

Student waits for approval

University staff checks students

University staff checks students priority level and available credit for the print job

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University staff contact student to confirm approval

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Student sends part file and approval form to the technician to be printed

Approx

Total Time before print is started = 7 Days 1 Hours

Question Mark

Student unaware when 3D Print is complete and multiple checks usually required

Next

Technician allocates jobs to printers- due to time constraints these may not be efficiently optimised

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Technician manually plans all jobs from all students in a spreadsheet

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Technician works out feasibility of job (printer, material, orientation, scale etc…)

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Student submits file with their allocated credit directly into managed workflow

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Technician utilises pre-made settings to allocate jobs to available printers

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Live tracking informs all parties of job status, from file upload to print starting

15 mins

Total Time before print is started = 15 Minutes

PROBLEMS Users Might Face

 

✖   Sick of managing your 3D Printers via Excel or another manual workflow which is different for each brand?

✖   Not sure what materials you’re using and unable to predict quantity required?

✖   Still using paper forms for 3D Print sign off involving student, lecturer & post-grad/ technician for approval?

✖   Each student unable to see queue and predict lead time?

✖   Approval processes taking days?

✖   Are your Technicians understanding priorities and problems?

✖   Unable to diagnose common failure issues?

✖   Measure how students are engaging with your 3D printers?

✖   Too many hours spent managing 3D printers, limiting your capabilities?

✖   Unable to view all your 3D Printers in 1 interface?

✖   Not maximising your 3D Print investment with zero downtime?

✖   Do you have different approval workflows for 3D Printing & CNC?

SOLUTIONS 3DPrinterOS Provide

 

  Control workflow via simple, intuitive, fully customisable cloud dashboard for students, lecturers and technicians to get parts printers quicker

  Manage each printer setup with different materials & settings ensuring repeatability and limited staff involvement

  Create different permissions for student, staff and technicians campus wide

  Reallocate staff overhead by greatly simplifying workflow

  Trace current and forecast future material usage

  Allow students & staff to track progress & get accurate lead-times for their designs

  Allow technicians to understand common failure issues and quickly find common solutions

  Allow accurate queuing to your 3D printers which minimises downtime and allows for efficient job allocation

  Improve workshop efficiency by allocating each job to the right CNC machine or 3D Printer

  Assign finite filament usage per student & provide facility to purchase more once allocation used up

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