[reprap-dev] Fwd: [Open Manufacturing] 3D-CUPS - printer management software?
alex at primafila.net
Tue Dec 6 05:17:43 PST 2011
On 3-12-2011 at 1:33, Triffid Hunter wrote:
>Would that kind of thing make any sense to you?
Hello Triffid, hello Peppe!
I don't see any interest in locking 3D printing under a system
like CUPS. What would the benefit be? It would just add a
dependency to run a printer, and it would limit temperature
monitoring and manual commands. Even queueing prints is not an
issue, as most of us don't have any automated way of removing
objects from the build plate, so what's the point?
Talking about "3D CUPS" has a secret appeal: it makes one think
about an *easy* 3D printing toolchain that doesn't require much
calibration and configuration but only a click-and-print interface.
Well, this is the point. Efforts should go towards developing
new, smart, easy to use, yet flexible software, as well as
electronics with network support etc.
Why the need of a foundation? A mailing list to coordinate
efforts and protocol definitions between firmware, host software
and slicer developers would be sufficient. I doubt there's real
interest or convenience, though.
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