RepRap the German 3D printer manufacturer has this week unveiled a new device they have created called the RepRap 3DPrintBox which has been designed to enable users to 3D print without the need for a computer or laptop.
The 3DPrintBox is equipped with integrated storage that allows it to print a 3D models without the need for a computer to be connected and can be used with 3D printers that connect using a USB interface.
Once the RepRap 3DPrintBox disconnected to your local network via an Ethernet connection it can also be used with a web camera for users to be able to monitor the printing on their 3D printer as it is carried out.
In a similar way to that of a print server RepRap has enabled the 3DPrintBox to use any Gcode files and print them on behalf of any printed network-attached computer on the local LAN either wired or wirelessly.
“The 3DPrintBox enables wireless 3D Printing and print control via Web Browser and Internet for every RepRap 3D Printer with USB port. RepRap 3D Printers can be integrated into an Ethernet or a wireless network. No PC connection is needed during the print job – just load your Gcode up to the 3DPrintBox. With a webcam, which is optionally, you even can watch your 3D printer from any device with Web-Browser, including mobile phones and tablets.”
The 3DPrintBox is compatible with the RepRap 3D printers X400, PRotos, NEO, and any other 3D printer that can be connected to a computer via a USB connection. For more information on the new 3DPrintBox jump over to the RepRap website for details and the ability to purchase it for €149.
Source: 3D Printing Industry