Well, I was getting tired of having to load my prints onto an SD card by
formatting, loading the file, and inserting into the MakerBot because
when a print fails, I have to repeat the process. So, I finally decided
to swap the FTDI USB to Serial cable for hardware serial cable. Now, I
can print from the computer directly without worrying about slowdowns.
It's faster because instead of relying on a driver to convert the data
and push it over the USB where it is then converted into serial, it just
uses the hardware serial controller, which uses a whole lot less
processing power than USB does.
Here's a video showing my MakerBot workstation:
I also have it on YouTube, but YouTube makes my videos all jittery when
it transcodes them. I only really use YouTube when I need to use the