As I mentioned in one of my Twitter threads, it’s great to have a remotely monitor-able 3D Printer Cam, so you can keep an eye on a print-in-progress while doing other work.
My printing is done in another room from where I do design, email, and other routine stuff – not far away, but far enough I don’t want to keep walking back and forth to check on a long print. (Some of my parts take longer than an hour to print.)
I had purchased a TrendNet TV-IP651WI camera from Amazon back in April to monitor some bird’s nests in our back yard, but before I could get the camera all set up, a wind-storm put an end to their propagation plans, and I found myself with a spare camera on my hands.
Earlier this week I decided to try setting it up to view my Lulzbot TAZ 4 3D printer, and it’s working out pretty nicely. This particular camera is a full PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom), and though I hooked it up to the router (the room where the 3D printer is set up is also where our wireless hookup and main ink-jet printer are located), it is also wireless. TrendNet has SecurView Pro software which lets you capture and monitor one or more cameras, which for me is nice, since I also have TrendNet cameras monitoring the front and back yards. With my 4-monitor setup on my main computer, I can throw the remote camera on one of the upper screens, and be editing parts in FreeCAD on a lower monitor, with plenty of real estate left for my Ring Central soft phone, my iTunes player for background music, and Outlook for Email.