PWG AND 3MF CONSORTIUM COLLABORATE TO ESTABLISH IPP STANDARDS FOR 3D PRINTING

3D Printing Industry | 6/20/2019 | Beau Jackson
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The Printer Working Group (PWG), a program of the IEEE Industry Standard and Technology Organization (ISTO), and the 3D Manufacturing Format Consortium (3MF), a Joint Development Foundation project developing a new, alternative 3D printing file format to the .stl, have made a formal agreement. Aiming to simplify 3D printing across devices, the agreement centers around extending the PWG-developed Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) standard for 3D printers and 3D file formats like 3MF. In doing so, both companies aim to establish a standards-based approach to 3D printing for any capable device without the need for vendor-specific software or drivers.

Smith Kennedy, PWG chairman, commented “Until the development of IPP Everywhere™, users had to install and continually update software to their computers and other devices to print. Printer makers had to develop, update and distribute a stream of driver updates.”

WITH - IPP - EVERYWHERE - A - SINGLE

“WITH IPP EVERYWHERE, A SINGLE UNIVERSAL DRIVER SUPPORTS ALL IPP EVERYWHERE CERTIFIED PRINTERS. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE 3MF CONSORTIUM TO BRING THAT SAME EFFICIENCY AND SIMPLICITY TO 3D PRINTING.”

A 3MF 3D model. Image via 3MF.

PWG - Synergy - Printers - Multi-function - Devices

PWG aims to optimize the synergy between printers, multi-function devices and the software supporting them, liaising with members from the paper printing industry in order to do so. PWG developed and promoted the widely implemented IPP to establish the IPP Everywhere standard, which helped simplify the traditional printing process and prevent the need to continuously update software and drivers.

The original IPP standard allowed clients to query printer capabilities, monitor printer status and other state changes, configure the printer, and submit, monitor, and control print jobs. PWG’s IPP Everywhere adds the possibility of personal computers and mobile devices to find and send print jobs to network and USB printers without the use of special software.

Subgroup - PWG - Towards - IPP - Requirements

A 3D printing-focused subgroup of PWG has now worked towards expanding IPP to include the requirements...
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