Aug 1, 2016 | By Benedict

3DPrinterOS, the world’s first operating system for 3D printers, is releasing its all-in-one University Infinity Program in collaboration with PrintLab, a distributor of 3D printing products. The Program will be available to universities in 19 countries around the world.

By providing a centralized system for managing users, 3D printers, print queues, design files, and material expenses, 3DPrinterOS is changing the way businesses and educational institutions approach their 3D printing activities. The software has already been adopted by companies like Ford and Cisco, as well as universities such as Duke and Purdue, enabling staff and students to print objects directly from their 3D design software, perform automatic slicing and fixing, and cut out all the slow and unnecessary steps from their 3D printing workflow. The company has now developed a special educational package which allows universities to purchase 3DPrinterOS software along with an entire 3D printing lab, consisting of 3D printers, 3D scanners, curriculums, software, materials, and training.

Worldwide implementation of the all-in-one educational solution has been made possible by PrintLab, a distributor of education-friendly 3D printing products and equipment, which will distribute the complete 3D printing system to participating universities. PrintLab, which has established a network of resellers across 19 countries, collaborates with education-focused brands and integrates their products with 3D printing hardware. “Approaching 3DPrinterOS to be part of our ecosystem offering was an easy choice for us,” said Jason Yeung, Business Development Manager at PrintLab. “The facts and figures speak for themselves: UTEP announced that over 4% of its entire student body were 3D printing with 3DPrinterOS and Duke University have been printing 4000+ hours a month in their lab!”

3DPrinterOS allows users to upload their 3D designs to a cloud-based server, prepare them for 3D printing using its cloud slicer and Magic Fix utility, and send them to any 3D printers connected to the network. Moderators can impose 3D printing restrictions on users—students, for example—limiting the number of prints available to them in a set timeframe, and the service can also provide detailed data tracking and analytics. The company recently announced partnerships with Siemens, Dassault Systèmes, Autodesk, and Onshape, integrating its operating system directly into popular software packages like SolidWorks, SolidEdge, and Fusion 360.

“There’s a huge range of tools available from 3DPrinterOS that work together seamlessly to make the 3D printing process very efficient and productive,” PrintLab’s Yeung added. “The one that gets me excited is the data. Every single part of the process is monitored safely and accurately; material usage, user reports, and printer reports are all essential assets that allow schools to control the entire workflow of hundreds of users and scale their 3D printing lab. 3DPrinterOS also supports most 3D printers out there, which makes it a perfect application for our platform that markets various 3D printers offered by our resellers.”

In addition to its work with 3DPrinterOS, PrintLab also offers a range of 3D printing products aimed specifically at the education sector. To make life as easy as possible for its customers, the company has developed an intuitive “Build your lab” platform which ensures that all products sold through PrintLab resellers are compatible with one another. By teaming up with 3DPrinterOS, PrintLab can now add one of the most popular all-in-one printing solutions to its catalogue, helping both companies bring their products to new educational institutions who can follow the example set by Yale, UTEP, and Duke.

Duke University, one of the biggest advocates of the 3DPrinterOS system, commented on how the software has helped save the 3D printing facilities at the university: “Before 3DPrinterOS, we could barely handle 10 students and 10 printers,” a university spokesperson said. “We had three administrators getting files emailed, and then we had to manually slice it and walk over to the 3D printer. We were going to shut down our program as it was unmanageable. We checked into everything in the market, and it’s now a day and night difference with over 500 students and 35 printers completely automated. It’s a game changer!”

The University Infinity Program gives schools unlimited 3D printing capabilities—unlimited users, unlimited 3D printing, unlimited files, unlimited cloud usage—for around $5,500/year.



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Reiner Schmidt wrote at 8/2/2016 6:29:14 PM:

Cool idea! However at about 5.5K a year it might be a bit risky. They are using an Ultimaker. We have been running ours for about 20 hours a day for the last 8 months and have had to replace several parts due to the wear.

mick wrote at 8/2/2016 6:23:47 PM:

So you have me sign up fill out all my info. Then revile you don't offer your service to the united states. BAD COMPANY! only if I could rub your nose in it, BAD COMPANY!

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