RepRap 3-D printers and their derivatives using conventional firmware are limited by: 1) requiring technical knowledge, 2) poor resilience with unreliable hardware, and 3) poor integration in complicated systems. In this paper, a new control system called Franklin, for CNC machines in general and 3-D printers specifically, is presented that enables web-based three dimensional control of additive, subtractive and analytical tools from any Internet connected device. Franklin can be set up and controlled entirely from a web interface; it uses a custom protocol which allows it to continue printing when the connection is temporarily lost, and allows communication with scripts.
Journal of Open Research Software
Wijnen, B., Anzalone, G. C., Haselhuhn, A. S., Sanders, P. G., & Pearce, J. M. (2016). Free and open-source control software for 3-D motion and processing. Journal of Open Research Software, 4 (1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/jors.78
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