Octoprint

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Requires a remote computer or Raspberry Pi etc to run your printer wirelessly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_2782954261&feature=iv&src_vid=EHzN_MwunmE&v=MwsxO3ksxm4

Tom's Guide:

Multiple Printers

  • It is desirable to send a file wirelessly to a raspberry pi to make it print. This way, as soon as the raspberry pi has the file, you can disconnect from the raspberry pi if you want to. For print monitoring, it is useful to use a web cam, so you can see what is going on with the print. Streaming can be used to capture time lapse videos - which can also be a build record for documenting print time. One frame per 10 seconds is useful here.
  • Two architectures are possible: (1) one respberry pi running many printers [1] or (2)- multiple raspberry pis runnung one printer each.
  • Octopi is set up to run a single printer. Must configure it to run multiple printers, just like using a laptop to control many printers. Watch out so that you know which printer you are controlling.
  • To avoid controversy of which 3D printer is being controlled - you can install one raspberry pi for each printer, and then you only need to go to a different URL for the raspberry pi instance - as octopi is program that runs through the browser.
  • A decently cost effective solution is a raspberry pi zero W for every printer - which is $10 for the pi zero w. Just needs power, wireless dongle, and a USB cord for the printer.
  • Single pi zero vs multiple pi zeros should be explored.


Links

  • Example of setting up 4 printers on one raspberry pi using multiple instances of Octoprint - [2]. Instructions where each instance of octoprint runs a single printer- [3].
  • Great Scott on connecting camera and raspberry pi for wireless printing with WiFi dongle - [4]
  • Hackaday - Octoprint setup - [5]
  • Tom's Guide - Octoprint via wifi dongle - [6]
  • Tom's Guide - Octoprint + LCD display - [7]

Author

  • Gina Haussage - [8]