Is 3D printing a pain for you? Tired of trial and error?
Want a simpler way to set your slicer settings? If any of that sounds familiar, the Element might just be the thing for you.
Currently being touted on Kickstarter, the Element is a simple USB device that promises to open up entire new worlds in 3D printing, and to make the whole process simpler and easier.
What’s the Element?
The Element is really nothing more than a USB connectable device. It features a unique plastic exterior and LED lighting for good aesthetics, but the real beauty is in what it does for your printing efforts.
According to the developers, the Element “brings an end to overwhelming slicer settings, hours of trial and error and countless failed prints. It makes way for a productive and groovy 3D printing experience.”
There’s a lot of functionality built into the Element, including:
- Web Enabled – Connecting the Element to your 3D printer opens up new connectivity options in terms of Wi-Fi. You can connect it to any web-connected device, including your laptop, PC or smartphone. You can also monitor your print from anywhere in the world, according to the Kickstarter campaign.
- Katana – Slicing is a pain, but the Element helps you get around that with Katana, a piece of code custom built for the Element. Katana not only slices, but it also monitors the print, repairs holes in your geometry, and can actually fix thin walls on your prints.
- 3D Modeling – The Element delivers simplified 3D modeling capabilities designed to ensure those without any experience with 3D software can create their own designs and print them out with ease.
- Remote Control and Monitoring – How many of your prints have failed because you had to step away for a few minutes during the printing process? The Element gives you remote printing control and the ability to monitor the situation from anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Plug and Play – There are no struggles getting the Element to work with your system. It’s guaranteed to be truly plug and play. Connect it, go through a brief setup process, and you’re on your way.
- Multiple Printers – One of the most interesting things about this device is its ability to let you control multiple printers at the same time from a single device. You’ll need a USB hub to connect them all to the Element, but that’s it. You’re up and running.
- Queue Jobs – Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to prioritize print jobs? With the Element, there is. It offers native job queueing to make your printing more efficient, particularly in shared-printing environments.
The Element Kickstarter project is ongoing, although it’s set to end on February 27. The goal is €100,000, and they’re currently at €38,614.
Backers get to take advantage of a broad range of perks, as well, including 3D printed Yoda keychains, Kickstarter-only Element editions and quite a few more. You can throw your money behind this innovation right here.