I’ve added a webcam to my 3D printer. It’s viewable as a live video here. If you get an error message, it means I’m not printing anything. The web page requires Java.
I am so happy with it. I can really recommend Makerbot Thing-o-matic to anyone who wants to make stuff in 3D. In fact, everyone should have one! I was lucky to get the new stepper based plastruder when I ordered, and it works so well. I had thought the quality would be poorer than Shapeways etc, but it’s really comparable (for the stuff that uses the same print process).
I’ve printed in PLA and ABS. Both are great. PLA doesn’t stick so well to the platform, but is really beautiful. ABS works well, no problems there.
The automatic build platform is cool, though the base isn’t completely fixed (there is a plastic belt, and if the object is pushed slightly the plastic belt lifts off the surface slightly). So for really precise builds, it’s probably better to not use the automatic build platform. But for my use, it works well and I’m happy.
I really feel this concept will create some serious waves. It’s great stuff. Just now I’m printing a holder for Nespresso-coffee-capsules. Yesterday my kids made some designs on 3dtin.com and we printed it on the thing-o-matic. Easy even for a 4 and 6 year old. Sketchup also works well, with the STL plugin, but 3dtin is clearly the easiest (though not as powerful).
(this text is also copied to the 3d printer page I set up)