I know this is a Cube oriented blog. But, our Cubes won't last forever. So, it's important to see some viable options.
I just finished watching the M3D Live Stream which offered a Q & A session for their Pro KickStarter backers and potential backers.
During the session, they provided a link to a YouTube video that only lasts for a very few minutes; but, speaks volumes! It's an early proof of concept test; but, they clearly can achieve a self-aware 3D printer as promised.
Here is a link to the Error Recovery Test
We work with at-risk students and the ability of a 3D printer to recover from something like being deliberately stopped has some very real appeal!