As many of our readers utilizing desktop 3D printers have come to know, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as returning to your printer expecting to see a finished model, only to find that you’ve run out of filament or clogged up your extruder while in the midst of the process. But, that disappointment could soon become a thing of the past thanks to Auckland, Australia-based 3D Printing Systems. On September 1, 2016, the 3D printing pioneers will launch a Kickstarter campaign for what is sure to be your 3D printer’s new best friend, the Filament Bunker.
The Bunker is a smart filament cartridge system that helps users monitor and optimize the 3D printing process. According to 3D Printing Systems, the Bunker keeps track of every last inch of your filament, provides a moisture- and dust-free environment to optimize the material properties, and also keeps track of statistics relating to print times, duration, print success, failure, and the mileage of your 3D printer. With automatic dual feeder mechanisms that function independently of one another, users will be able to utilize the Bunker with multiple 3D printers simultaneously, as well as a dual extrusion 3D printer.