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What are the most common uses of KODAK 3D Printing?

on 5/15/18, 5:28 PM 667 views

Hi Community,

In this topic we would like to share some of the common use cases of our Kodak 3D Printer


3D High School has 100 technical students sharing 5 printers. There is one printer in one classroom and four in a print room with one volunteer student or teacher taking turns to operate the printers. Most printing is done by these four printers, so students have to send their jobs to the queue and wait a day or two, sometimes more, to get their prints back.

Their teachers have created one User per class, with names like “Engineering 101”, “Shop 200”, etc.  

It’s a bit tricky knowing what object belongs to which student after they are printed, since often they may be the same item or hard to distinguish.

The KODAK Cloud helps teachers use the equipment with less hassle by not having to deal with installation of slicers and related software in local workstations, having pre-designed teaching curricula and 3d models (with MySTEMkits), and having control over what students print (guns, dildos, caricatures of the principal, etc.).  The Portrait can email a photo of finished prints to the Administrator, and KODAK Cloud will also keep a record of prints. In many school districts around the world it’s difficult to request the purchase of consumables like filament, or is locally expensive, so having accurate usage reports helps as a justification, and also prevents fraud in the purchase of these consumables when monitored by Administrators. Local governments like to give schools equipment that unfortunately often is underutilized, so proper reporting and statistics can help in supporting or correcting these programs.

Sometimes schools are reticent to give students access to the Internet, to prevent distractions (although most students use smartphones with cellular data), or simply because around the world not every school has a fast internet connection suitable for hundreds of students watching YouTube. The Portrait 3D printer works without an internet connection but still provides user profiles local to the printer itself, and keeps statistics per user.

Large company

Acme is a company with two geographical locations and a large IT department that likes to keep things under control. Design and Marketing are in one building, while Production (the factory) is in another country. Design has a laser cutting machine, a CNC mill, an industrial 3D printer , different brands of desktop 3D printers, and a small DLP printer.The company is now adding 6 new KODAK 3D printers, to be used by Design (2) and  Production (4). By using the Cloud they will be able to share printers, keep usage data and integrate different printer brands (and other machinery) under one single control system. They will also have more security since their print files are always kept in KODAK’s very secure servers and not emailed around or moved via pendrive. All of the printers and machines can be managed from the unified platform, regardless of make.

Amy (Design manager) takes delivery of the printers and shares them on the Cloud (and changes the Admin passwords). She needs to let anyone in the Design team be able to use the printers for the prototypes they make, so she adds Brad and Charles manually. At the factory they have 40 workers, she’s not happy about sharing it manually 40 times, therefore she creates two Users instead (“Day Shift and “Night Shift”) . Ideally she would prefer to define three teams, “Design”, “Day Shift” and “Night shift” and assign users to these teams. The factory supervisor needs to belong to both Shift teams.  Later she expects to be able to track usage statistics by team, by user and by equipment.

After having the printers shared to him, Brad is able to log in to either printer in his department.  He uses the cloud slicer since IT won’t let him install new software on his workstation without a lot of paperwork. He likes queuing up objects so that they can print multiple pieces in parallel or after hours (if its a long print). He rarely logs into the printer itself.  Once in a while he sends a jig he designed to the Production supervisor, by sharing it in the Cloud

Single user

John bought a single printer and uses it placed next to him. He does not really need to define Users, so mostly he just uses Admin. He likes to try different slicers and take full control of the advanced slicing features, so mostly he will slice on his computer. He can copy files via pendrive and start prints directly from screen. He does appreciate being able to monitor the printer remotely, however, during long prints after hours.  He created a user on the printer, which is possible using the small screen but more practical simply connecting to the printer using his browser and the printer’s IP address, so he could use his keyboard to fill the form. The files he uses from a pendrive are NOT copied to the Cloud. To copy a file to the Cloud he will need to log in via a browser and upload the file from there.  To see his print statistics he will need to log in to the Cloud.

After a while he explores the Cloud to see what other features he can use and tries online slicing and sees it gives excellent results. He also likes being able to queue jobs, as he does print jobs for clients.

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