We love 3D printing, but let's face it: it's slow. Luckily, MakerBot has just given you a new way to track the progress of a printout from afar with its new iPhone app. Using the camera from any fifth-generation printer, MakerBot Mobile for iOS can show you an image of the build area every three seconds (from a local network) and ensure that Celtic skull isn't a beautiful failure. You can also use it to pause or cancel a job and get notifications when a 3D model is ready, for instance. It's also baked in its Thingiverse app, letting you browse thousands of models via the cloud and add them to your collections, or share your work on Thingiverse or social networks. Future updates include remote monitoring over a cellular network and more notifications (there's no Android app yet), but meanwhile, you can grab the iOS app right here.

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MakerBot app lets you remotely check 3D prints in case they go all wrong