3DQue Debuts AutoFarm Automated Command Center
With this 3D print farm capability, it may be possible to run 100 printers with just one operator, company says.
November 4, 2022
3DQue launches AutoFarm3D, a full suite of automation tools that gives operators complete control over all of their printers. AutoFarm3D is ideal for
mass production, automating everything from directing print job traffic, to performing farm operational procedures.
In development for 3 years, AutoFarm3D transforms manual activities into digital tasks, automates them and updates operators in real time: alerting them to issues and reporting on farm productivity and efficiency, the company reports.
“AutoFarm3D is our customers’ secret weapon, allowing operators to manage and monitor tens, hundreds or thousands of printers from a single dashboard,” says Steph Sharp, 3DQue co-founder and CEO, “Designed to scale as a print farm grows, AutoFarm3D is suitable for every operation from Etsy stores and online sellers, to service bureaus and large industrial farms. It even helps manage complex record keeping in regulated industries such as aerospace, automotive, and medical.”
“Manual farms running on old technology are less productive because tasks cannot be done in bulk, and every printer needs to be micromanaged,” explains Mateo Pekic, co-founder and chief of innovation at 3DQue. “AutoFarm3D treats your 3D print farm as a single interconnected system, rather than a set of isolated machines. It is the first software designed specifically for FDM print farms of all sizes and compatible with a mixed range of 3D printers, materials, colors, and part designs.”
Prevent Bottlenecks, Expedite Workflow
AutoFarm3D provides operators with productivity boosters like bulk file management, bulk print queuing and auto job dispatch and assignment. The central filing system ensures all printers on the farm are up to date with the same production-ready gcode files. Operators can observe any printer at a moment’s notice with an unlimited number of camera feeds. When coupled with auto ejection systems such as the VAAPR print bed or belt printers, it multiplies weekly output.
Automating everything from job scheduling and dispatch, to part ejection and data collection immediately increases output, 3DQue reports. Using built-in tools such as SmartTags AutoFarm3D automatically matches jobs to printers, streamlining workflow while maximizing printer use.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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