It’s not mandatory to have WiFi on your Ender 3, but it sure can make your life a lot easier. After all, it eliminates the need for USB tethering or SD cards for printing.
Apart from convenience, most WiFi upgrade options also integrate some form of webcam monitoring, so you’ll be able to stop a failed print remotely before it uses up all your precious filament.
If you’re looking to upgrade your Ender 3 with WiFi, you’ve got several options:
AstroBox is an upgrade for your 3D printer that makes printing more fun in addition to packing a wireless punch. It’s based on the Raspberry Pi 3 controller board, and there are two options to choose from: the AstroBox Gateway and the AstroBox Touch.
The only difference is that the AstroBox Touch comes with a touchscreen; it was a highly popular Kickstarter product back in its day.
Which AstroBox to pick?
If you’re new to 3D printing, we recommend the AstroBox Touch. It’s more expensive than the Gateway, but it’s very easy to set up thanks to a touchscreen. To save $100, go with the AstroBox Gateway. Just bear in mind that its setup process is more cumbersome.
Upgrading your Ender 3 (or any other Marlin-based 3D printer) with AstroBox is as easy as connecting a few cables.
Here’s what we need for the upgrade:
Unbox everything and start connecting:
The easiest way to start a print job is to upload your files to the AstroPrint cloud server from your desktop. This way, you’ll even be able to print from a mobile device.
(Lead image source: AstroPrint)
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