So I've been toying around with the idea for a bit of creating a Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality interface for a printer. This would essentially be a more interactive, 3D version of the web interface already available. There may also be the ability to backport it to 2D devices as well similar to Microsoft's Mixed Reality viewer. Here's some possible use cases:
Immersive Printer Status:
- Essentially a 'Digital Twin' of the printer.
- Live, 3D view of the print bed and object printing status
- Live, 3D view of the tool positions with temperature / fan overlays
- Real-time view of additional temperature sensors overlaid on 3D models
- Live webcam view
- Importable 3D models to place in the 3D space. This could be a full CAD model of your printer or just outside frame, etc...
- Virtual buttons for eStop, pause, resume, etc...
Augmented Reality Printer Status:
- Same as above, but with buttons and view overlaid on the actual system.
- For enclosed printers, this could produce an 'x-ray vision' effect of the system in operations
- For non-enclosed printers, this could have temperatures and other overlays on the live tool positions
- Add Augmented Reality buttons that may not physically exist on the machine
- Interface with multiple machines showing current status, print progress, and ability to enter full virtual view
- Live views of individual machines, live sensor / error alerts from machines
- Ability to manage multiple prints and printers, drag and drop file to upload and start on each printer
Useful? Not Useful? Never Use it? I'd like some feedback and opinions if it's something worthwhile to develop. With the VR devices coming down in price ($299 for Oculus Quest 2), this might be an interesting interface in the future.