3D printer labs in schools, universities, MakerSpaces, Fab Labs and bureaus face an every day challenge of fulfilling the demand with multiple print jobs. Noticing a need for guidance in this area, researchers at the University of Bath and University of Bristol are conducting an investigation into the best way to optimize productivity in a shared environment.
3D Printing Industry spoke to James Gopsill, co-author of the 3D printer productivity study, to learn more about the method’s explored and the vision of cross-institution 3D printer collaboration.
An online queuing system
The study from Gopsill and Hicks focuses on the effect of 3D printer scheduling, and optimal arrangements for 3D printing multiple objects on a single…