Fragaria is an IT solutions supplier situated in the Czech Republic and it spends in growing its own products the same way it concentrates on assisting clients to make prototyping solutions and growth methodologies. Just two months have passed since the firm initially launched its Karmen solution.
This is a tool that is useful. The 2-part solution changes ordinary 3D printers into smart ones and has officially unveiled on the additive manufacturing market. This solution is created of Karmen Pill controller which is a tiny box that has a LED light and camera. It is also created of a cloud services.
This is useful when additive manufacturing in an enclosed area or during the night. The controller offers a network connection to FDM 3D printers, most of them formerly could only be controlled straight at the machine in person.
After the connection to a USB port, the 3D printers can be accessed through the internet or a regional network that is what lets users control the printer remotely via Karmen cloud service. The initial batch sold in pre-orders in only a week.
“We had a lot of interest even before the official launch, so we enabled pre-orders on our website. The pre-orderers actually bought out the entire first production run of Karmen Pills,” says Martin Buriá, Fragaria CEO. “Due to the current coronavirus situation and the fact that some of our suppliers have had to shut down their operations, we found ourselves without stock for a while. We’ve managed to gradually get this shortage under control, and we believe we’ll be able to deliver Pills worldwide by mid-May at the latest,” he added.
There are several testers serving to make the Karmen to be accessed by more printers since the additive manufacturing and open source communities are crucial for this type of inventive solution.
Now, the firm is operating to create an internet service to allow users to share their experiences and expertise, which will help additionally grow Karmen. Also, it will offer help to other users. This solution is often open-source, and end-user documentation and developer is now accessible.
“We’ve seen many skilled do-it-yourselfers who have created their own solutions for remote 3D print monitoring,” said Martin Bílek, the Product Manager.
“Because we’ve tried to build Karmen as an open solution from the beginning, it’ll be possible very soon to register 3D printers on the Karmen cloud service that either have their own connectivity built-in, or which connect through similar homebuilt solutions built on things like OctoPrint or Raspberry Pi. We love the 3D printing community and are looking forward to them starting to model and share Karmen Pill mounts. These aren’t included in the package, but anyone can print their own mount in any shape. There’s also a lot of room for students of schools that use Karmen.”
Users can now buy the Karmen Pill from Fragaria’s website, or at the mall.cz online store, for only €130 non-VAT. This cost comprises of a solution that is instantly updated, and it is easy to link to a 3D printer, sign up the system with the Karmen cloud service, and begin printing after the initial setup has been finished.