Ever send one of those emails or make one of the posts that looking back on it, you wished you hadn’t??
Well starting this post is that for me. My original complaint is now long lost in other debates and I apologize for leading us down this path. I will, however, add some more context since this post is still lingering after a few years.
- I have a great relationship with Formlabs and think they are an excellent company in every way. No complaints there at all.
- As has been stated their printer names and serial numbers are intentionally matched and they will refer to them for servicing or just about anything. This convention continues for the Form3 and likely beyond. They are not going to change that (I have asked repeatedly).
- As most have figured out the naming convention is an adjective followed by an animal (to the best of knowledge and having now seen 7 total). Yes, sometimes the names are wacky.
But there is some goodness and this really gets to my original point. In multiple printer and especially multi-vendor printer environments, unique, logical, easily identifiable, and yes even customizable names are pretty useful. Seems hard to argue with that logic to me. Whether it is naming printers by capability (which is what I do), location, or just because, there are plenty of good reasons to want to name a printer. The story is more complex though:
- Unlike other vendors that I have seen (at least 4 major ones in my lab) including ones that do allow customization of printer names, Formlabs is the only vendor where the name is attached to the DHCP lease should you use DHCP.
- Again many may not care about this but if you have 30 printers on your network, being able to see them correctly and easily on your network has very distinct advantages. Same applies if you want to remotely access them. For what it is worth Formlabs’ unusual naming convention does allow this. Other vendors that I have seen return either no name for the DHCP lease (leaving you only with the MAC which while usable is challenging) or return a variant of the the serial number of the printer. I have not seen a single network printer that will return the user changed name and I am sure someone IT smarter than me could explain how this would be challenging to do.
- I know their are workarounds to this as well. You can create aliases or handle MACs in your DNS to assign names however you want.
So while I still am not super excited that I have “AmazingWrasse” and “JustTarsier” (look them up, those are both animals) on my DHCP list at least it is handled correctly.
Maybe someone should close this thread and save me from myself