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Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by JuliaDee » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:48 pm

Does anyone have any tips? Can two Ups be present on the USB without confusing the Up software? Is there a way to do logical switching/vectoring in software or do I need to plug/unplug each printer as I use it? Is it possible to keep the settings separate for the two printers or are they going to get mixed up? Maybe I should just get a separate PC for my second printer...

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by ftdesigns » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:18 pm

I control 3 Afinias and 1 Up with one laptop. I use a USB switcher to switch between the two: http://www.usbswitch.com/four-port-x-ov ... aring.html

my only complaint with it is the switch makes it so i have to switch off one printer then switch another on manually. if i accidentally have more than one switched on, the software crashes (so it's not idiot-proof).

but the beautiful thing is all the calibration and z-height data is saved on the machines, so it's automatically there when you switch on each machine.

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by JuliaDee » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:26 pm

ftdesigns wrote:I control 3 Afinias and 1 Up with one laptop. I use a USB switcher to switch between the two: http://www.usbswitch.com/four-port-x-ov ... aring.html

my only complaint with it is the switch makes it so i have to switch off one printer then switch another on manually. if i accidentally have more than one switched on, the software crashes (so it's not idiot-proof).

but the beautiful thing is all the calibration and z-height data is saved on the machines, so it's automatically there when you switch on each machine.
Fantastic, thanks! Especially the Z height and calibration data, whew.

But wait... you can't have more than one printer running at the same time? :shock: That defeats the whole idea to a large extent. Maybe another brand of switch wouldn't have the problem?

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by ftdesigns » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:33 pm

Basically, my process is:

1. switch on printer1, hit print, and wait for the pop-up saying the 'end time' and 'grams'

2. switch off printer1

3. switch on printer2, hit print, and wait for pop-up.

the printers will run without usb plugged in.

as far as running multiple machines WHILE all plugged in to computer goes, that can't be done with the current software. it's not a switch issue. the crashing occurs if i plug different printer in a second usb on my laptop too

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Post by JuliaDee » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:36 pm

ftdesigns wrote:Basically, my process is:

1. switch on printer1, hit print, and wait for the pop-up saying the 'end time' and 'grams'

2. switch off printer1

3. switch on printer2, hit print, and wait for pop-up.

the printers will run without usb plugged in.

as far as running multiple machines WHILE all plugged in to computer goes, that can't be done with the current software. it's not a switch issue. the crashing occurs if i plug different printer in a second usb on my laptop too
Oh! By "switch off printer1" you mean disconnect it via the USB switch. I thought you meant "switch off" as in turning off its power, lol. Thanks!

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Post by ftdesigns » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:50 pm

I thought you meant "switch off" as in turning off its power, lol. Thanks!
correct. the power never goes off.

as a side note, 3d printing is hot right now and there is a lot of opportunity now and more in the future. grants will be available soon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zch0hfomHlo

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Post by JuliaDee » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:04 pm

ftdesigns wrote:
I thought you meant "switch off" as in turning off its power, lol. Thanks!
correct. the power never goes off.

as a side note, 3d printing is hot right now and there is a lot of opportunity now and more in the future. grants will be available soon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zch0hfomHlo
Nice, I like the New Paltz area a lot. But I already have a job :)

I love how they always talk about how 3D printing is going to "revolutionize manufacturing". Prototyping, absolutely, heck yes, but manufacturing? When it takes an hour and a half to build one small, simple, weak part with a low-quality surface finish? Get real, people.

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by ftdesigns » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:37 pm

JuliaDee wrote:I love how they always talk about how 3D printing is going to "revolutionize manufacturing". Prototyping, absolutely, heck yes, but manufacturing? When it takes an hour and a half to build one small, simple, weak part with a low-quality surface finish? Get real, people.
i think there are a few good applications of 3D printing for mass production. even GE has thoughts on this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-1 ... d=LinkedIn

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by roller » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:33 am

Fantastic, thanks! Especially the Z height and calibration data, whew.
Except for 1.19 where I think there is a bug and it loses/messes the height data at least for me. Be warned.

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Post by JuliaDee » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:40 am

roller wrote:
Fantastic, thanks! Especially the Z height and calibration data, whew.
Except for 1.19 where I think there is a bug and it loses/messes the height data at least for me. Be warned.
Thanks. I'm still using 1.18. If it ain't broke...

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by JuliaDee » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:44 am

ftdesigns wrote:
JuliaDee wrote:I love how they always talk about how 3D printing is going to "revolutionize manufacturing". Prototyping, absolutely, heck yes, but manufacturing? When it takes an hour and a half to build one small, simple, weak part with a low-quality surface finish? Get real, people.
i think there are a few good applications of 3D printing for mass production. even GE has thoughts on this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-1 ... d=LinkedIn
I realize it's just semantics, but I don't think of multi-million-dollar metal sintering machines as "3D printers". There are certainly many high-end niches for additive manufacturing, I agree. I just don't buy the "everyone will print their own vacuum cleaner parts with their home printer" thing.

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by roller » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:07 am

I realize it's just semantics, but I don't think of multi-million-dollar metal sintering machines as "3D printers". There are certainly many high-end niches for additive manufacturing, I agree. I just don't buy the "everyone will print their own vacuum cleaner parts with their home printer" thing.
There is a bit to work out but I think it's quite reasonable to expect a sintering system thats is capable of creating metal parts at home and I woudn't be surprised (patents permitting) if we replace our Ups with metal sintering printers in 5 years. I totally agree complex mixed media printers are a way (10 years) off and much further for possibly being in the home but it may be possible one day that retail chains could be printing stores instead moving the manufacturing to in store. Not a certainty but I can see that it may be feasible if the technology progresses a little.

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by outsider » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:08 pm

20 years ago dot matrix printers were scarce in people's homes. Who would have thought back then (or even 10 years ago) that a color laser printer would cost under $100 with far superior print qualities then existed on the past.

I think the technology will be available to print much more functional parts for your vacuum cleaner, then we currently have.
It's hard to predict where this technology will go and what parts of our lives it will touch.

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Post by roller » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:24 am

More like 30 years ago ... I had an inkjet 20 years ago ... my god I'm getting old! But unlike laser printers which are actually as old dot matrix printers we have a few technology hurdles to solve first - like getting a broader range of media conducting, semiconducting, rigid and plastic into the right place to then be fused.

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Post by fablabenschede » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:09 pm

With version 2.13 on windows you get a nice list where you can select the right printer. Only it shows the same wrong serial # for all the ups, so you still dont know to wich printer you go to send the print.

If they would fix this in the software this would be very nice.

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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by wackojacko » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:15 pm

With version 2.15 you can manage multiple UP printers http://3dprintingsystems.com/support/
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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by roller » Fri May 01, 2015 12:16 am

wackojacko wrote:With version 2.15 you can manage multiple UP printers http://3dprintingsystems.com/support/
Does that also include the Mac version?

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Post by wackojacko » Fri May 01, 2015 2:48 am

I haven't tried it on a MAC, let us know how 2.15 for MAC works.
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Re: Tips for Multiple Ups on One PC

Post by Tiertime-Joseph » Sun May 03, 2015 5:29 am

Mac release does not have multiple printer support. Yes, Mac release has been lagging the features compared with windows version. We are working on a universal release combining both Windows and Mac.

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