Astrobox Touch, the box to print 3D AstroPrint wireless [Exclusive Guide]
a year after launching the project AstroPint, a solution of 3D printing, AstroPrint society based in the USA in san Diego offers the AstroBox Touch . AstroBox Touch is a case equipped with a touchscreen that serves as a bridge between your 3D printer and the solution in the cloud Astroprint (desktop / cloud / mobile app / 3D printer). Project – $ 10000 – was completed in only 3 hours on funding participatory KickStarter platform .
AstroPrint is a solution-one that allows to manage impressions 3D remotely. For this AstroPrint consists of an application that is installed on my computer and a box to plug into its 3D printer. The 3D printer and the desktop software are connected by AstroPrint on Internet servers. A mobile app for iOS and Android to launch prepare the print file, launch the impressions, track the progress (including video) and to be notified at the end of the work. AstroPrint is also capable of running on the WiFi network (no internet connection).
You understood, to operate, you will need a user account so that all your devices can communicate with each other through the internet. For individuals, the account is free. Make you on this page to create an account. The Pro account allows “to access more advanced functions.
- cutting faster (faster slicing)
- preset of printer. AstroPrint for worked with many manufacturers of 3-d printers to make her compatible solution
- remote file management. Once downloaded on AstroPrint servers, it is possible to prepare the files to print from anywhere
- no skill. Emphasis was placed on simplicity of use to make 3D printing accessible to beginners
- automatic updates.
- Plug & Play with Cura and Slic3r
- mobile (in preparation) app for iOS and Android
AstroPrint positioning itself as a universal gateway, a big chunk of work was to make the solution compatible with main market 3D printers. The updated list is available here . Here is an excerpt of compatible printers. Some are not yet certified.
- Airwolf3D (tous les modèles)
- Anet (tous les modèles)
- BQ (Hephestos, Hephestos 2 et Prusa i3)
AstroPrint recommends Creator Pro of FlashForge , the Mini or the Taz 6 of Lulzbot.
If your printer is not in the list (Dagoma for example), however there is hope because Astro Print supports the main existing firmware (Repetier, Marlin, Sailfish).
Until now, he had to manufacture its own gateway from a Raspberry Pi or a pcDuino. This is the function that filled the AstroBox Touch. The pcDuino is abandoned by the way. The following are the main features of the AstroBox Touch:
the AstroBox just plug into the 3D printer and is the link between the AstroPrint server and 3D printing software or the smartphone.
If you do not need a touchscreen, you can always build you even your box by downloading the image here .
AstroPrint solution is still a project under development. The software is still in development but more than 500000 hours of 3D printing have already been implemented by more than 23000 users.