Automatic Print Job Scheduling and Management Over Multiple 3D Printers

  • I. A. GushchinEmail author
  • I. V. Martynovich
  • I. S. Torubarov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


3D printing is one of the most convenient ways to create final parts, because it does not require long preparation of production. Due to the fact that the 3D printing process is rather slow, many companies acquire several 3D printers at once. Because each 3D printer has its own interface and requires individual settings, control, and monitor, the status of printing becomes problematic. For simple management of a group of 3D printers from a single interface, some manufacturers, such as Ultimaker, Stratasys, Formlabs, and 3D Systems, have created (each own) a special software. However, this software is not suitable for printers of other manufacturers and does not take into account the possibility of using additional equipment. In this article, the decisions on management of a group of 3D printers of the above-mentioned manufacturers are given, their advantages and disadvantages are considered, and further, the algorithm allowing to use additional equipment, for example, automatic puller of finished products, is described.


Additive technologies 3D printing Batch production Farm 



As a result of the research, the software solutions to organize the distribution of print jobs of 3D printer manufacturers were studied. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages. None of the solutions considered allowing the use of additional equipment to increase the automation of the printing process on several printers, which caused the need to develop our own software solution. At the moment, the developed solution allows to provide optimum loading of 3D printers and to provide uniform deterioration of equipment. Further development will be aimed at the possibility of using additional equipment for the removal of finished printed parts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. A. Gushchin
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. V. Martynovich
    • 1
  • I. S. Torubarov
    • 1
  1. 1.Volgograd State Technical UniversityVolgogradRussia

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