Free BigRep CONNECT 3D printing software provides users with a “one-stop digital platform”

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Large-format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep has announced the launch of a new “one-stop digital platform” at the Formnext trade show. 

Utilizing the firm’s free BigRep CONNECT offering, it’s said that users of its machines are now able to seamlessly connect their hardware and monitor print progress within a unified digital space. By providing adopters with all the print information they’ll need at the click of a button, BigRep says its software could offer analytical and productivity benefits, as well as delivering some organizational convenience. 

BigRep’s large-format offering 

BigRep is a Berlin-based company that also has offices in Boston, Singapore, and Shanghai. They specialize in large-format Fused Filament Fabrication Systems (FFF). In the eight years since its inception, BigRep has collaborated with Etihad Airways (BASF), Bosch Rexroth (Bosch Rexroth), Deutsche Bahn and Etihad Airways to create and deploy a variety of machines, programs, and materials. 

This offering now includes the BigRep ONE, BigRep STUDIO G2 and BigRep PRO 3D printers, the latter of which is the firm’s largest to date. Alongside a whopping one cubic meter build volume, the system packs BigRep’s MXT control system and a state-of-the-art CNC controller, providing it with the speed and precision to produce huge molds, prototypes, tooling or patterns with high accuracy. 

While BigRep’s machines are open material, meaning that users can safely utilize third-party polymers in them, it opted to showcase the PRO with a range of its proprietary filaments at Formnext. The firm promoted its services of consultation, ROI calculation and part analysis to help customers get the best out of the plastics. 

A large-format BigRep PRO 3-D print. GIF via BigRep

BigRep CONNECT – 

BigRep’s free, fully web-based control center is designed to provide the users of its 3D printers with a way of closely controlling their production workflow, no matter where they’re located. Using the platform, it’s possible to monitor parameters like chamber temperature and which material is loaded, while getting running updates on system performance. 

Software also includes print job management, which allows users upload files, to organize their job queue, and preview their prints. It also tracks their progress. The program also provides detailed information in areas like machine and filament usage to help users better use their 3D printers. 

Elsewhere, when it comes to the firm’s wider ecosystem, BigRep CONNECT is built to work natively with BigRep FLOW. This customizable software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform streamlines the printing of packaging, tooling, or other factory parts according to specified standards and qualifications. It was launched in May. 

BigRep 3D printer customers can apply for a BigRep CONNECT account and get started.

The BigRep PRO 3D printer. Photo via BigRep.
BigRep PRO 3D printer. Photo by BigRep.

BigRep is just one of the FFF players to have expanded the product line it offers alongside its systems. Stratasys is updating its GrabCAD 3D printer software. GrabCAD Software Partner Program users now have access to integrated Riven or Oqton functionality. 

Similarly, Raise3D’s ideaMaker software is not just a print management tool, as it now allows users to apply textured finishes and engage in parameter optimization. RaiseCloud 3D printing platform is also offered by the firm. This allows remote control, monitoring, and reporting of all aspects of the production workflow. 

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The BigRep PRO 3D Printer is the featured image. Photo by BigRep.

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