August 2, 2022
MakerBot, a Stratasys company, launches a major upgrade to its print preparation and management solution, MakerBot CloudPrint. MakerBot CloudPrint includes an enhanced interface for an upgraded user experience and new and upgraded features that enable users to go from CAD file to 3D-printed part faster.
MakerBot CloudPrint is a cloud-based application that allows users to prepare, print, manage and monitor 3D print jobs easily and securely from their browser. The software aims to provide professional and education users with a more efficient 3D printing workflow to help accelerate design, testing and iteration cycles.
CloudPrint 2.0 integrates cloud-based print preparation and workspace management with an enhanced user interface and improved queuing and notifications. It allows users to go from CAD to part faster with new features such as the ability to import multi-body parts and automatically adjust parts for the least support material used during printing with Smart Orient.
“The secret to successful 3D printing goes beyond just the hardware and includes the full ecosystem of materials, accessories, and software. The improvements we have made to MakerBot CloudPrint are designed to provide a more streamlined approach so that users can focus on other important tasks,” says Nadav Goshen, CEO at MakerBot. “CloudPrint takes the guesswork out of print preparation and workspace management. With an easy-to-use and secure workflow, CloudPrint gives users better control and management of their prints from start to finish.”
New features of MakerBot CloudPrint 2.0 include:
- Faster CAD to Part Workflow: Features allow users to go from CAD file to printed part faster. Users can import native, multi-body CAD parts and auto plate them on the build plate. Users don’t have to convert native CAD files and import individually. With the Smart Orient feature, parts can be automatically oriented.
- Integration of Print Preparation and Workspace Management: MakerBot CloudPrint provides a fully cloud-based workflow for the 3D printing process. Workspaces allow users to collaborate with other users and manage their printers and prints.
- Improved Queue Management: Users can maximize printer usage by slicing and queueing print jobs for later. Once a print is done and removed from the build plate, the next one can be started from the printer display immediately. Users can add a print to the queue when the material selected in CloudPrint is different from the material in the printer.
- Improved Monitoring and Notifications: CloudPrint allows users to easily keep track of their printers and print jobs. In addition to seeing the status of a print and a camera feed from their printers, an updated printer detail page now also includes chamber and extruder temperatures as well as the ability to add user notes to a print.
CloudPrint offers security and advanced encryption that protects data from unauthorized access. Team members can be added to workspaces and levels of access can be tailored and adjusted. The edashboard and advanced reporting features offer a glimpse into workspace activity, including past jobs, errors and upcoming prints. Users also receive notifications when a print is added to the queue or if account details have changed.
CloudPrint includes regular updates to ensure users have access to more features. CloudPrint is free to use, and is compatible with the MakerBot METHOD platform, MakerBot SKETCH 3D printers and MakerBot Replicator 3D printer series.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.