This isn’t exactly a Lulzbot hardware related issue, but I’m hoping someone can help me, or at least point me in the right direction.
The elementary school I am working with would like to use some of their Chromebooks for the kids to design their projects. They are mainly using TinkerCad at this point, which is web-based software. They can run TinkerCad with no problems. The problem comes when they try to “Download for 3D Printing”. For some reason, the Chromebook will not let them save the STL file.
We believe this is because the school district’s tech support took all the Chromebooks when they were new and locked them down, preventing all but certain kinds of uses and access. (The intent is understandable for a school computer.) When the teacher sent a request for them to unlock access for STL files so they could use the Chromebooks with their 3D printer, they response she got back (along with an indication that tech support considered the status of this issue was “Complete”)
- Action Taken: (U) We do not use either Tinkercad or STL file. But it appears that Tinkercad requires the STL to be imported in it in order to use the file. Here is a youtube video discussing the process. Your best bet would be to use a thumb drive to load the STL files…
These guys tend to be in the “Is it plugged in?” category of tech support. However, even given that, they seem to be playing dumb on this one, since the request clearly indicated that the Chromebook was preventing us from putting an STL file on the computer in the first place (whether downloaded or transferred via thumbdrive).
I have ZERO experience with a Chromebook. Before I push too hard on these guys, is ANYONE able to work with STL files on a Chromebook? We’ve been working on the assumption that our problem is being caused by the restrictions the school’s tech guys put on the schools Chromebooks, and not some limitation on ALL Chromebooks. It would be nice for some clarity on that before we really start butting heads.