So what exactly is OctoPrint, and do you need to use it?
OctoPrint allows you to:
For many 3D printers, files are uploaded to the printer either through an SD slot or microUSB. This means you have to stick an SD into your computer, load the g-code onto it, and insert it into the 3D printer every time you want to print something. Even worse, printers without SD slots require a computer to be tethered to it whenever printing.
With OctoPrint, there’s no such inconvenience. It works with most every 3D printer to make controlling your 3D printer wireless. Though certainly not a must, thousands of hobbyists love using OctoPrint to make their lives easier.
To get started with OctoPrint, here’s what you’ll need:
And of course, a 3D printer that works with OctoPrint.
The simplest way to run OctoPrint is by using the OctoPi image to boot up your Raspberry Pi.
Now that the OctoPi image is installed on your SD card, you need to input your WiFi name and password so your Pi can actually connect to the Internet.
Enter in your WiFi details and country code.
It’s time to put all the pieces together. In this step, you’ll boot up your Pi and connect your Pi to your 3D printer.
After the Pi boots up, you should be able to access OctoPrint through your local network. You’re almost there…
Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up OctoPrint! Give yourself a pat on the back and have fun 3D printing!
License: The text of "2018 OctoPrint Guide – How to Set Up Your 3D Printer" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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