Could one the coolest inventions of recent decades be coming to life and taking over mankind? Unexpectedly, 3D Printers started printing when nobody was around. According to a post by X user @3dpNero on August 15, a group of Bambu Lab’s 3D printers started printing things after a disruption to their cloud service.
In what is now being referred to as the “Cloud Outage,” many 3D printers turned on in the middle of the night while their owners were sleeping. Some of the machines were unable to complete their projects, while others damaged parts or created Frankensteinian monsters. Sometimes that’s what happens when a 3D printer is left alone, much like an unsupervised toddler with a marker.
In what is now being referred to as the “Cloud Outage,” many 3D printers turned on in the middle of the night while their owners were sleeping.
Many owners of the 3D printers (specifically Bambu’s X1C and P1P models) were confused and frustrated by the event. Some people thought their printers were broken or malfunctioning, some had to second-guess themselves to ensure they didn’t start a print job before bed, and others probably thought they were creating prints while sleepwalking.
The reason for the chaos is actually quite simple: it was caused by an outage in Bambu Lab’s cloud service. When the company’s cloud went down unexpectedly, 3D printers were not able to print any jobs that were sent through the cloud. It was only natural that some users would keep pinging their cloud in an attempt to print the job. But, without success, they went home.
As with other modern technology, such as toasters and bidets relying on the cloud could cause problems.
As soon as the cloud service returned to normal, the 3D Printers were able to receive all of the jobs that had been assigned during the outage. This was sometimes just one print job, and in other cases it was multiple prints stacked on top of each other. Some printers broke because no one was there to remove the completed print jobs.
Bambu Lab quickly apologized and accepted responsibility for the cloud outage. Some users are still upset about the fact that they had to fix broken parts in their printers, and wasted printer putty. Others were able just to shrug off the mess, knowing that technical difficulties can happen to anyone.
A 3D printer is capable of amazing things. It can create prosthetic limbs, dresses for the red-carpet, and even prosthetic limbs.
Those who use a 3D printer may want to stick to the LAN-only mode from now on so that they don’t run into another cloud service issue. At the very least, users can turn the power off on their printers so that they don’t wake up to another spaghetti mess in the future.
3D printers are a fantastic invention, despite the occasional issues they may cause. Users have been able 3D print jewelry, toys and prosthetic limbs. Believe it or not, Columbia University has even used 3D printers and lasers to make edible food, though we’re not sure how their cheesecake compares to a New York slice.