I have never used USB thumb drives to transfer files to a paper printer, and I can't think of any reason why I might want I do so. My paper and 3D printers are on the network so that I don't need to do that. Perhaps you have come from the older generation of 3D printers where transferring the files physically on an SD card was the most practical way to get them to the printer, and you haven't got used to using the web interface yet?
"older generation of 3D printers"… that's a fancy name. Maybe I'll start to using that.
And yes, you are right. In fact I'm still used to using printer directly connected to computer. Even SD card is in my eyes cool think for printing gcode files.
I guess if you take your printer to a different location where you are unable to connect to a network, then you might want to transfer files to it via removable media.
That's one of the reasons, yes. Or some place, where is network unusable, like conference or expo, where wifi is so jammed, like there is no network at all.
But yeah, in these cases is SD card good option.
I've noticed, that when smoothieware is connected to the computer, sd card is mounted as removable drive. For uploading file is it slow, but it's great for configuration purpose. Any plans with that?
Maybe it's oldschool too