I saw this idea kicking around a while ago but I think it’s a great time to revisit it. I would love the ability to schedule a print to start with a specific end date in mind. My company owns a 3BL that we use for R & D purposes and I am only here 8-5pm Monday through Friday. Unlocking the ability to start prints and have them end when I am here the next work day would be a huge improvement for my workflow.
The response to this previously was that prints are fine in the printer if they sit, however in my experience this is not 100% accurate. I primarily print in Clear V4 on 50 microns and I have noticed if I don’t pull the print off immediately the viscosity of the resin can cure prematurely on the part. I like to schedule my prints to end when I am here to take them off immediately for that reason. The models that we are currently printing take around 40 hours so in order to schedule them properly I need to prime the printer, take my laptop home, and start the print late at night. It’s just not ideal.
I know other 3D printing companies already have this feature and would love to see Formlabs follow suit.