Filament Display / Material Display per Printer

Hello RS Team,

First and foremost, thank you.  RS is amazing, I am a huge fan and as a fellow dev - wow.  I run a print farm, I love 3D printing and I have used MANY solutions mainly you know which and also some custom stuff and RS is just better.  You deserve every penny, so thank you.   Also I program Angular and I am a huge fanboy (so what lol).

Anyway -- 

When using RS to manage multiple printers it becomes tedious to keep track of what material (color) is where.  I am not asking for full filament spool management ( I know this may be a future feature and I know how to the current estimate engine works ).  What I am suggesting is a GUI enhancement. 

In the main GUI (http://192.x.x.x/#!/dashboard) the printers are listed, and it's minimalist and nice, but it's very confusing at a quick glance even with just 3 printers, let alone with 10 or more.

I know you are busy, I know the GUI is probably not priority and I absolutely know that backend code is way more priority but as a real user I think this is very important.  One big reason to use RS over other is because it handles multiple printers so well and it's light, I think your biggest market going forward is multi-users and print-farms (personal or for hire) and this is really important.  Heck, even for 1-2 printers it can be useful.

What I am suggesting is adding a button next to the "gear" icon (<i class="fa fa-cog"></i>) in the cards for the printers on the dashboard.  There is no filament spool icon in FA still (sad) but maybe you could use "<i class="fas fa-palette"></i>" 

Anyway add that icon, when you click it a small widget opens with some basic pre-defined colors, and you can click one.  Doing so will change the icon color of the icon (example: fas fa-palette) so in the display bar of card for the printer in dashboard you can quickly see what printer has what color.  It's purely aesthetic for tracking, but this makes _alot_ of difference for admins of multiple printers, seriously.

There are quite a few components for Angular to make a quick color picker such as "ng g c color-picker" ;) anyway here is a quick mockup - maybe it helps.  I know Angular if needed haha ;) 

Here is a rough mockup:


  • This solution does not play well our planned material management. But I like the idea to add a second icon with material status for all extruders and showing color of active extruder at top. So I think something like that will come with material management.
  • @Repetier Yeah if there is a better material management planned I think that would be fine, maybe the icon changes to match the material management system or the title bar of the Printer card changes to match the filament color.

    If there is a filament management system that is probably better but overall if there was some way to see the color of the material loaded on the printer in the dashboard it would be really helpful. 
  • >  if there was some way to see the color of the material loaded on the printer in the dashboard it would be really helpful. 

    Yes that is the part I really liked. Did not think of it, just wanted to have the color as part of filement system. But showing it in addition there is a good idea. Plus showing percentage or meter left on spool if that part is enabled (user needs to enter length of full roll for this).
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