[Florian] has been hard at work creating this automated setup to queue jobs for his 3D printer in order for it to run while he’s not around. It’s not quite finished but the concept is there and he’s started doing some tests!
He’s using the uArm, which was a highly successful kickstarter earlier this year — it’s an Arduino-compatible microcontroller driven 4-axis parallel-mechanism robot arm, based off of the industrial ABB PalletPack robot.
As soon as he got all the parts he setup a quick test to replace the build platforms using the uArm.
Only problem we see now is that the 3D print will probably be in the middle! Replacing the bed is all fine and dandy, but it also needs to be secured. Normally [Florian] uses binder clips but those are way too finicky for a robot to try playing with, so instead he’s working on a magnetic clamping system that is both strong enough to hold the bed in place… and easy enough for the uArm to remove by itself:
We’re super excited to see the continued progress of this. Couple it with a dedicated computer with a webcam and some kind of remote desktop (the free version of TeamViewer works quite well) and you’ve got complete control of your setup on the road!