AstroPrint’s 2019 3D Printing Reliability Awards

AstroPrint is announcing today the awards for best-in-class 3D Printers, based on usage from our awesome community. This past year the AstroPrint servers have been VERY busy, thanks in-part to the more than 100 new, highly passionate, 3D Printer users that joined each day!

With nearly 1 Million prints & 80 tons of filament printed in 2019, we are proud to announce the awards go to…

Best 3D Printer
Best 3D Printers 2019

Most Reliable 3D Printers (by % of successful prints)

1/ Taz 5 by LulzBot – 77.6%
2/ Replicator by Makerbot – 76.3%
3/ TAZ 6 by LulzBot -74.5%
4/ RF1000 by Renkforce -73%
5/ Creator Pro by FlashForge – 68.6%

Honorable Mention: The Select Mini by Monoprice scored 68.0%, and almost made the top 5. For such an inexpensive 3D printer, that’s pretty good!

Award Criteria: For statistical reasons, we only included printers with more than 500 prints on AstroPrint during 2019.

More Honorable Mentions: The below printers have some very impressive stats, but did not have over 500 prints during 2019. Keep your eye out for these moving up the list for 2020!

1/ Scalar S & XL by 3D Modular Systems. Scalar S & XL score respectively 95.2% and 85.7%.
2/ The R1 by Tresdpro -83.7%
3/ Wanhao Duplicator 4 -81.5%.

The global print success rate for this year is 61.7%.

Reasons for Print Failure (by reason given)

1/ Object detached 43%
2/ Bad quality 27%
3/ Other reasons 22%
4/ Not enough material 8%

Some of the common “Other reasons” include: Printer test, incorrect object size, configuration issues, bed calibration problem, and temperature issues. Our personal favorite reasons: “I don’t want a raft. I’m not on a river!” & “I just f!@#$d it up. LOL”. Glad it wasn’t our fault!

A Few More Interesting Stats from 2019:

Note: The numbers below are stats related to HOME USERS of 3D Printers. We will publish stats for PROFESSIONAL use in another posting. Obviously, professional users print A LOT more.

The average printer prints 2.6 objects per month.
The average printed object weight is 87g.
The average 3D printer is busy 11 minutes per day.

So, you can see that for home users, more small objects are printed than large objects.

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Maintenance scheduled to push new features

PLANNED DOWNTIME / SERVICE INTERRUPTION – MONDAY JAN 13TH

HEADS UP! We have maintenance in the AstroPrint Cloud scheduled for Monday Jan 13th starting on 1am (PST), 4am (EST), 10am (CET). The maintenance window will be around 1 hour. Your AstroPrint service will be disrupted during this period with several moments of complete service shutdown.

Want live updates?

We will update live during that time via our Twitter account.
@AstroPrint3D

What is going to be done?

We’re pushing major upgrades to the AstroPrint service infrastructure, as well as updating the software with security and performance patches. Most of this will not affect how you use AstroPrint in the future, these are ‘behind the scenes’ updates.

What you will notice after the update: We will be introducing new features such as a new File Manager and Fleet Management Plans.

Why is this needed?

AstroPrint is growing quickly! These upgrades to our infrastructure will allow us to better scale the AstroPrint service you know and love! This will help us serve more users faster, as well as implement more advanced features in the future.

What happens to my data?

Your data is safe during the transition. Once the service resumes you should not notice any changes.

What to watch out for:

The changes to our infrastructure and software are significant. We have tested them extensively but it’s possible that we missed something that will surface during the days following the upgrade. Please report anything out of the ordinary via support tickets.

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Press Release: Universities and K-12 Schools to Start Beta Testing AstroPrint’s 3D Printing Platform for Education

AstroPrint Press Release – For Immediate Release – October 16, 2019

Hartford, Connecticut – (October 16, 2019)  AstroPrint is launching a bespoke version of it’s popular 3D Printer Management Platform for Universities, K-12 schools and other education institutions, aimed at making 3D printing more accessible to students, increasing the efficiency of school fleets, and reducing related costs in staffing and resources.

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Cults now integrates AstroPrint for seamless 3D printing experience

Astroprint <3 Cults

AstroPrint is proud to announce a new partnership with Cult! You are from today able to export & print design straight from Cult into AstroPrint.

Created in 2014, Cults is the 1st independent 3D files marketplace platform is a fast growing platform. It was one of the first in the Printing industry and has a long history of providing top-notch design.

AstroPrint is pleased to provide this new option with the very popular Cults Marketplace. Both companies have worked together to offer a seamless experience from the 3D Design Marketplace to the actual object.

“We are excited about this new strategic partnership. Pairing the right software with the best designs in additive manufacturing industry, and we look forward to keep working with Cults in the future”

Select the AstroPrint Slicer straight from the download design page

This feature is available starting today on cults3d.com

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About Cult

Cults is a marketplace that connects designers and people who want to 3D print some objects.

Cults is dedicated to all owners of 3D printers who wish to make premium and original creations.

Because everyone doesn’t have an artistic soul or the ability to use CAO 3D software, Cults highlights the work of these designers who will make 3D printing accessible to all.

Cults is a social network that brings together all the fans of the 3D printer world, so that they can interact with each other.

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How to Set Up a 3D Printer Farm to Sell Drone Parts

I think it’s just about identifying a gap in the market and coming up with a design or product that could potentially fill that gap. 3D printing allows you to create products that don’t currently exist in the market

Neil Watts

Neil Watts is a 3D printing enthusiast who has turned his hobby into a business. His online store, Aero3D, sells custom accessories for drones to customers worldwide. Neil doesn’t have a background in design, but he’s taught himself to design parts with basic cad software.

In this interview, Neil tells us about:

  • How he found an opportunity in custom drone parts and how other 3D printing enthusiasts can find market niches.
  • How he finds clients without spending a penny on marketing.
  • How he manages to run 13 printers simultaneously while still keeping his corporate job.
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How to Set Up a 3D Printer Farm to Sell Cookie Cutters

Since we print on demand, we can sell zero of a design and it doesn’t cost us anything other than my wife having fun sketching it. If I put a product online and it doesn’t sell, we don’t lose anything.

Mike Benner

Mike and his wife Shey are the founders of Sheyb, an online store where people can find custom 3D printed cookie cutters. They make their own designs and print them on demand. Currently, they have a farm of 30+ printers and their business keeps growing.

In this interview, Mike tells us about:

  • How they started their 3D printing cookie business.
  • How they manage and monitor their 3D printer fleet.
  • How they leverage social media to drive sales.
  • Where Mike sees other business opportunities for 3D printing entrepreneurs.
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How to start a Business with 3D Printers

We were sold on the hype that 3D printers would be in everyone’s home. The reality is that for the average householder, it’s still way too hard to print stuff, let alone useful items. The technology, the materials, the ease-of-use and the content infrastructure around these machines are not there yet.

Desktop 3D printers came down in price dramatically and China flooded the market with cheap 3D printers, allowing almost everyone to gain access to this technology. Meanwhile, the media has turned its attention to industrial technologies after seeing that the people buying low-cost 3D printers are hobbyists that use these machines to make gadgets and figurines that mostly end up in their home shelves if not in the trash.

But the media is overlooking one thing. Many of these hobbyists that have been experimenting with 3D printing technology are also entrepreneurs. Many of them are turning their hobbies into businesses.

Thanks to having over 100.000 3D printer owners in the AstroPrint platform, we are witnessing this emerging trend from a privileged position. We’ve seen how some AstroPrint users went from tinkering with one printer to now run a business with a farm of 30+ printers.

Low-cost 3D printers are allowing people to start their own manufacturing business from home and the digital infrastructure is there for them to find customers. In this post, we’ll give some examples of people that grew into a 3D printing business and the key practices that made them successful.

Ready start your own home-built manufacturing facility with a bunch of low-cost 3D printers?

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AstroPrint Secures Second Round of Funding to Expand our Business and Enterprise Solutions

Press Release: For Immediate Release

We’ve just concluded a very successful second funding round where AstroPrint raised a total of $1M from two prominent VCs: Stanley Ventures and Alma Mundi Ventures. With this new investment, AstroPrint has raised a total of $2.1M, and we are now poised to grow our 3D printing cloud solution that already serves over 95k users from 130 countries.

Who are the Investors?

Stanley Ventures is the venture capital arm of Fortune 500 company Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley Ventures has invested in several companies in the additive manufacturing space, including an investment in a new Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) 3D printing technology.

Alma Mundi Ventures is a tech venture fund based in Madrid with investors in Palo Alto, New York, London, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, orchestrating a global network of over 500 members in 41 cities worldwide. Their investments are primarily global tech startups in the United States and in Europe.

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