Makers, hobbyists and developers that enjoy building devices using the Raspberry Pi mini PC and are considering creating or have already built their very own 3D printer. May be interested in a new hardware and software combo created by Photon Elephant that offers a unique operating system to control your 3D printer.
Photon Elephant has designed an SDK to use a Raspberry Pi to control your 3D printer’s user interface and stepper motors, as well as making it easy to add your own features and customisations.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Photon Elephant SDK operating system and how it functions allowing you to customise your 3D printing project to your exact requirements. Its creators explain a little more:
“Photon Elephant is a bundle of hardware and software built around the Raspberry Pi that controls your 3D printer. Many printers today use a Raspberry Pi to send commands to an Arduino, which actually manages the motors and sensors, but has no operating system. Photon Elephant eliminates the Arduino entirely, putting the power of linux directly on your printer!
Photon Elephant turns your 3D printer into a smartprinter! It’s easy to use the browser-based control panel to start, pause, and resume prints, stream from a webcam and slice your STL files. The Photon Elephant is the simplest electronics solution for getting a 3D printer up and running without needing to coordinate a bunch of independent software and firmware tools.
Unlike existing solutions, we use the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins to directly drive the motor controllers for your printer. We even went a step further and built a convenient SDK that makes Photon Elephant a tinkerer’s dream! Do you want to try incorporating sensor feedback to close the loop and get perfect prints every time? Maybe you want to build an SLS printer, but the standard five motor controllers just aren’t enough? We provide a simple specification so the Makers and Hackers of the world can spend more time innovating and less time figuring out the inner workings of firmware code.”
For more information on the new Photon Elephant 3D Printer OS SDK jump over to the Kickstarter website for details and to pledge from just $90 for first 50 early bird backers