Software-hardware combo gives education industry a single solution for managing both 2D and 3D printers
Y Soft, an enterprise office solutions provider, has introduced YSoft be3D eDee (eDee), a comprehensive solution for 3D and 2D (paper) printers.
eDee is a desktop 3D printer integrated with YSoft SafeQ, the leading print management, workflow and accounting solution. With YSoft SafeQ already available for 2D printers offering reduced print services costs, increased document security and improved productivity, educational institutions can now obtain the benefits of print management across their entire 2D and 3D printer fleets.
Increasingly, educational institutions are adopting fleets of 3D printers and making them available to students and staff on campus-wide networks.
Onvia, a research company that tracks government purchasing contracts including those in education, noted that “Teaching with 3D printers will be the norm. In 2016, the amount of 3D printing purchases continue to grow as these printers are accepted as an essential part of school makerspaces and as prices for the printers continue to fall.” Y Soft provides examples of student 3D print projects on its website.
As a networked resource, 3D printers bring similar and unique challenges to 2D printers. Unique challenges include an understanding of the total time/3D material cost per print job; access control/door locks to prevent the object being taken or the print job stopped by another student; and efficient workflows to access available 3D printers or easily reprint a 3D object. eDee’s print management tools solve these unique challenges.
Key to the YSoft Be3D eDee solution is a fully automated, enclosed desktop 3D printer. With an intuitive 7-inch touch screen panel and print bed auto-calibration, eDee produces high quality objects with accuracy and speed. Designed with “safety-first” in mind, its features increase safe operation and integrity of the print object.
“In education, where 3D printer adoption is growing rapidly, we see that administrators need to manage and audit 3D printer use and costs as they do with 2D printers,” said Vaclav Muchna, Y Soft CEO and co-founder. “With YSoft be3D eDee, we are the first to offer educational institutions a seamless solution that provides all the benefits of print management for their 2D and growing 3D printer fleets.”
YSoft be3D eDee will be available under early access in Q2 2016 through Y Soft’s global network of channel partners. Additional information about eDee, including printer specifications, can be found at www.ysoft.com/edee.