Thanks to our start-up friendly culture and crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it can be easy to forget about some of the original 3D printing companies that have helped lay the foundation for accessible and low-cost 3D printing. Among others, Materialise has been at the forefront of 3D printing from the get-go.
There have been many endeavors seeking to create cloud and network control software and hardware for 3D printers, including open source solutions such as OctoPrint and closed solutions that are directly rooted in those open source projects. Here, it is interesting to see that FORMIDEOS is only partially open source, though I’m not sure which portion of the project is closed.
While we see so many signs that the 3D printing community is healthy, international and expanding, it’s always good to see that expressed in exact numbers as well. And the explosive growth of the 3DprinterOS cloud-based user platform is an excellent indicator. As 3DPrinterOS tells 3ders.org, their network has now consists of more than 2000 connected online 3D printers (having grown twice as fast as 3D Hubs), involving 4700 users spread out over 920 cities and 83 countries. Now that’s impressive.