Many companies are trying to sell 3d printers as the future of technology… with a blue LCD screen from the 80’s. Today, 3D printers are the only piece of technology that comes with such an antiquated user interface. But, do we really think that 3D printers can go mainstream while they come with the old monochrome display?
It is clear by now that cables and SD cards are not the future of 3D printing. As more users demand their printers to be wireless, 3D printer manufacturers are increasingly making wifi-connectivity a priority for their printer line. However, many of them are simply connecting a desktop 3D printer to a local network and that, is not the future.
A step further is to connect printers to a cloud platform. We live in the era of the internet of things, where every device gets connected to the cloud. However, most 3D printer manufacturers don’t really understand what the cloud does for a 3D printer. What are the advantages of cloud versus local network for 3D printers? Do 3D printers gain value when they are cloud-connected?