AstroPrint’s Clusters App, Community 3D Printing Platform to Fight Covid-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens across the world, the urgent need for medical gear is being partially fulfilled by the additive manufacturing industry. Additive is being used for everything from face shields, medical masks, and respirator valves, to much-needed ventilator parts for critically ill patients. With this kind of critical medical gear in short supply, 3D printing offers a fast way to fill in some of the gaps.

In order to provide our help in these efforts, we are creating a new online tool named: AstroPrint 3D Printing Clusters. This will allow Regional Coordinators to manage ‘clusters’ of local manufacturers (i.e. Printer Owners), and to deliver critical 3D Printed parts to the Medical Facilities that need them.

This will help Coordinators follow local production in real-time, regardless of the manufacturing technology utilized. Since this application is more about logistics, and less about 3D Printer communications, it can be used to track production on any manufacturing technology (FDM, SLA, CNC, DMLS, etc).

How You Can be a Hero:

We need two types of Heroes to help scale up 3D Printing for Medical Facilities.

Regional Coordinators – Connect with local Medical Facilities, determine their needs, approve new Printer Owners into the Cluster, and manage pickup / delivery of printed parts.

3D Printing Heroes – Use their 3D Printers (or other manufacturing machines) to print the designs specified by the Regional Coordinator, and arrange for pickup / delivery.

Join the program via astroprint.com/covid-3d-cluster-app

Spread the word to any 3D Printer owner, any hospital administrator. Now more than ever we need to stand with our great community to win this battle!

Let’s get our printers to work!

Stay safe,

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AstroPrint announces free service for Hospitals and Universities during the COVID-19 crisis

Dear AstroPrinters and 3D Printing community,

Now more than ever we are dedicated to providing you with the best service possible. We decided last week to temporarily close our offices for the safety of our employees during the C19 crisis. However, you should know that we are staying 100% operational. We are lucky enough to be able to fully operate via remote working and we are still 100% dedicated to offering you the same quality of service we always do.

  • Our team is still available for support
  • Our service is still operating at full capacity
  • We are still focused on helping you get the most out of your 3D Printers

University crisis support

With nearly all Universities and schools closing their doors for the rest of the school year, and moving to online education, programs that involve 3D printing are having some very specific challenges. Students in programs such as Engineering, Architecture, and STEM programs often have to 3D print their assignments. Traditional 3D Printer labs require people to congregate, which means, they have mostly been shut down. In order to prevent these labs from having to shut down, AstroPrint is offering its Fleet Management software free of charge to any University, College, or school that wishes to use it, as long as the crises lasts.

A number of Universities and schools are already using AstroPrint to manage their 3D Printer Farms in a way where students do not need to interact with other students. They can submit files remotely into Group Queues, then the local printer-lab technician can print their files for them. This technician then uses the software to manage all the Group Queues, manage the farm of printers (1 person can manage 50+ printers), notify the student of the objects’ status, then mail the printed object to the student. This effectively removes the need for human to human contact in the entire process.

Hospital crisis support

In addition, AstroPrint is offering their software free of charge to any hospital, medical facility, or community efforts involved in the C19 crisis. We have heard about the 3d printed respiratory valve which is being used in some Italian hospitals. They were unable to get more valves in stock, and these 3D Printed valves have been saving lives. We recently reached out, and offered our help, to the amazing OSVentilator project.

We are convinced there is much more that can be achieved with the help of the great 3D Printing community. If you believe your facility can benefit in any way from our platform, please contact us by filling out the form via astroprint.com/education-plan

Stay safe,
Drew Taylor – Founder of AstroPrint

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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
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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.

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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”

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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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