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As the world of computer 3D printing transitions of those initially generation machines, turn it intod to demonstrate affordable-bodied 3D printing as a proof of concept, to 2nd gen systems that include all of the bells and whistles synonymous with office equipment, like WiFi and task monitoring, a number of companies have added their own solutions to upgrade those initially generation printing devices to have greater capabilities. Following the lead of such firms as Printr, AstroPrint, and Sharebot, Italy’s Kentstrapper has only launched a Kickbeginer campaign for their own dongle, Noah.

Framed as a 3D printing very own assistant, Noah gives less refined 3D printing devices a whole new suite of abilities synonymous with newer machines. With an LCD display and built-in WiFi connectivity, Noah allows for users to control their printing devices remotely, through computer or mobile apps. Multiple users are and so able-bodied to queue up print files and track the status of their prints over the local WiFi network. And, if users do have 2nd generation machines with WiFi capability, Kentstrapper suggests that Noah can be utilized to manage those as well, turning a printing device collection into a printing device farm.

On top of this, Noah is able-bodied to pause prints when filament runs out, enabling for a filament alter, preceding resuming the print of where it left off. Built-in slicing in addition allows for STL files to be sent directly to Noah, without the require to turn it into gCode ahead of time. And, through Noah’s WiFi capabilities, all computers or devices registered to use a single Noah can be able-bodied to share files across the network.

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To get your hands on Noah, you can back the Kickbeginer campaign right now. Early bird prices for the device begin at $235, with the standard price set at $299. If you haven’t may already tried one of the other solutions out there, Kentstrapper’s Noah can be the right fit for you. It’ll be informative to see how the Kentstrapper team has integrated Noah’s capabilities into their latest printing device, the Zero, that is intended to be a plug-and-play machine. But, quite, I can’t wait to see what they create with Lumi Industries. Last week, the two firms revealed a partnership and, given the fact that Lumi Industries has a few informative Z-axis creations in the works, the following Kentstrapper printing device may be like nothing we’ve seen preceding.

Michael Molitch-Hou

About The Author

Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so that you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.