Robo3D, a California-based desktop 3D printer manufacturer, has adopted 3DPrinterOS in all of its machines. Combined with Robo3D’s previous acquisition of MyStemKits, the integration of this new standard operating system makes it easier for educators to access 3D printable teaching materials and curriculum.
According to Braydon Moreno, co-founder of Robo 3D, “3DPrinterOS is the closest thing to an interoperability standard for 3D printing which makes it easy for our business to expand to all educational institutions, printer manufacturers, and continue to build innovative applications.”
The 3DPrinterOS platform
3DPrinterOS is an operating system for 3D printers developed by 3D Control Systems, a software developer based in California. The 3DPrinterOS enables any 3D designer to remote control and manage multiple users and print queues with one click.
The system allows designers to 3D print directly from CAD tools like SolidEdge, SolidWorks and Fusion, rather than using email or file share. John Dogru, CEO of 3DPrinterOS, said the company will continue to work on solving interoperability across systems.
MyStemKits 3D visual aids
3DPrinterOS also includes in-built compatibility with MyStemKits, an app which offers a number of designs for 3D printing educational aids. It simplifies 3D printing by providing ready-made, age-appropriate designs focused on the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Teachers can generate 3D educational models for children up to 12-years-old with one click. For example, animal models for biology lessons, like the spider below.
Moreno adds, “What we have seen is that with 3D printing and MyStemKits, student engagement increases, because you are teaching students math, science, and STEM subjects in a unique and exciting way.”
Thanks to 3DPrinterOS integration, the MyStemKits library can now be automatically run through a total of over 75 desktop 3D printers.
Robo3D’s other educational projects
In 2017, Robo3D began as a Kickstarter with a $49,000 goal. Now the company sells a range of 3D printing software and materials, including apps and print kits, in more than 100 countries, specialising particularly in desktop printing.
Every year. to celebrate Earth Day, Robo3D launches a competition for the best ideas for technology that could “better this planet if we all united together and 3D printed it.”
Currently, Robo3D is focused on education, working with museums (such as the Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science) and visiting schools across the world to showcase its 3D printers and their applications for learning science.
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Featured image shows 3D printed educational tools from MyStemKits manufactured on a Robo3D R2 printer. Photo via Robo3D.