Interface For a 3D Printing Vending Machine
The DreamVendor interface provides a low barrier-of-entry way to introduce users to additive manufacturing. While providing users the ability to print models, of their own design or otherwise, it also educates the user about additive manufacturing. The software automatically connects to printers, providing the ability to queue print jobs, monitor the state of each printer, and provides manual control of all printer functions. Additionally, the interface provides the ability to load in 3D part models and graphically reposition, resize, and rotate the part before converting the file into a toolpath to be sent to a printer. In our implementation, the ability to email updates on the status of a print to users is also available, as well as the option to send users more information about how the printers work, updates on their availability, and material about additive manufacturing in general.
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