About this project
Introducing the Waggle, the simplest remote controller for 3D printers. Breathe new life into your old 3D printers by monitoring, controlling, and sharing control of them with whomever you choose with only a few swipes on your smartphone. Waggle is a both a hardware device that plugs into your 3D printer, and a software platform that lives in the cloud to make you more efficient, and to free your creativity.
CONTROL FROM ANYWHERE : Control your printer from anywhere with a WiFi connection, from the comfort of your mobile device.
MONITOR COMFORTABLY : Access a live video stream or periodically updating snapshots of your print jobs, and be aware of your printer's status at all times through our notification system.
SHARE WITH ANYONE : Share control and monitoring capabilities with whomever with just their email address and the Waggle mobile app.
LIVE AMONGST THE CLOUDS : Slice and store your 3D models with the Waggle Cloud for the complete, on-the-go experience. The Waggle integrates seamlessly with Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud for as much storage as you need, and on top of that, we offer 250 MB of storage on our own servers!
HOME : For personal remote control of your Waggle-connected 3D printer, all you need to do is upload a 3D model, slice it using our cloud-slicing software, press play, and enjoy the show. In addition to a live video feed, you get live temperature logs for the nozzle and heatbed, and status updates and alarms when anything changes.
SCHOOL & OFFICE : The Waggle's web and mobile-based platform was designed from the ground-up to be your 3D printing community hub, allowing you to share access to your 3D printer with as few or as many students as you need.
MAKERSPACE : If you're part of a makerspace or an educator in maker-related activities, you've been in the situation where you've had to operate multiple devices at the same time for multiple people. The Waggle has been optimized for these time-consuming, cumbersome tasks.
The Waggle will support most 3D printers running open source firmware right out of the box, and a smaller number with a simple driver upgrade (which we can provide on demand).
3D printers come in all shapes and size. In order to keep the Waggle fun to use, we plan on creating fun and diverse, 3D printable stands for the Waggle, all of which you can download from our Thingiverse group page for free.
While building our first product (a consumer, FDM 3D printer), and exhibiting it in both Asian and Europe, we received a lot of questions from our users along the lines of, “When will I be able to control this from an app?”. With the launch of this campaign, we are excited to proclaim that that time has finally come. In order to bring the Waggle to life, our team was assembled with members armed with strong technical foundations and guided by the philosophy that anything we make should be simple enough for anyone to use, and powerful enough for experts to love. As a result, the Waggle is the most recent embodiment of our vision of a future in which creation is limited only by desire and out-of-the-box thinking. The project is approximately a year old now, and after working through several prototypes, we are now ready to enter mass production.
In order to allow Waggle to be seamlessly integrated into your creative workflow, we’ve striven to create a tool that is trivial to setup, a pleasure to use, and be able to evolve as we add more software features to the stack. Our team’s skillset draws from the aerospace, telecommunications, design, and financial sectors, and as avid 3D printer users (and builders) ourselves, we want the Waggle to be the essential upgrade to creative endeavors. The team and the dream are not enough however. We need your help to enter the manufacturing stage and bring this vision into your hands. Please consider contributing to the mission by selecting one of our lovely perks, and thank you for sharing the dream!
We've worked hard to find and build strong working relationships the right manufacturing partners to bring you product that is at once composed of high quality components, and highly affordable. The team at RakWireless, our camera module manufacturer, has a team as passionate about creating exceedingly simple yet highly performant products as our own, and the team at Yeliquan has provided us with the necessary injection moulds in order to start mass production at any moment.
Risks and challenges
By moving production and assembly of the Waggle to our home country of South Korea, we are in a position to interact closely with our production partners and be involved every step of the way.
Our previous experiences manufacturing 3D printers from scratch, and developing cloud-based platform services have given us deep perspective into the true costs of production, and how to guarantee product quality on a reasonable time scale.
Though we are ironing out the last few bugs in the Waggle device and the software platforms, no significant hurdles are expected, and we are expecting two months for production and shipping after the campaign has concluded, getting you your Waggle in August if everything goes well!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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