Thoughts on one way we can learn from the 800 lb gorillas of the industry, without betraying our ideals.
Originally shared by Whosa whatsis
While DRM for feedstock is definitely scummy (it’s a dick move when 2d printer companies do it with their ink too), I have been giving some thought recently to the cartridge thing. The printer should always be able to use anyone’s filament, but inconsistency between vendors is one of the things holding us back from “just click to print”.
We need better than 99% reliable feeding (I’d say most of us are closer to the 90-97% range, and getting there a thousand different ways) and we need better ways to match pre-calibrated profiles with plastics from various suppliers (and in different colors). We should really come up with a standard using some kind of UPC/QR/RFID/NFC/ETC codes with a corresponding printer peripheral to automatically set things like extrusion temperature and exact diameter for the specific plastic. With an open standard, we could make hobbyist printers with hobbyist-grade filament as reliable as the ones that cost 10x as much.