3D printing enthusiasts looking for a way to monitor and control their 3D prints using a Raspberry Pi mini PC may be interested in OctoPrint, a free open source software which is being created and is maintained by Gina Häußge. Once installed onto your Raspberry Pi and connected to your 3D printer OctoPrint is capable of providing a wealth of new features and performs a multitude of useful 3D printing tasks including offering remote control, live video and data collection allowing you to tweak and easily monitor your prints in real time. Watch the video below to learn more and see OctoPrint in action.
Features of OctoPrint include:
– Control and monitor every aspect of your 3D printer and your printing jobs right from within your browser.
– OctoPrint’s powerful plugin system allows extending its functionality with awesome plugins from the community.
– Free and open source software released under the Affero General Public License (AGPL).
– Access the embedded webcam feed and watch remotely how your printer is creating your newest thing.
– Get constant feedback regarding the current progress of your print job.
– Take a look at the integrated GCODE visualizer to see a rendition of the GCODE you are currently printing.
– Keep an eye on the temperatures of your hotends and print bed and adapt them on the fly.
– Move the print head along all axes, extrude, retract or just define your own custom controls.
– Start, stop or just pause your current print job, you are in full control at any time.
To control the print process, use OctoPrint on a Raspberry Pi connected to your 3D printer. First, ensure a safe uninterrupted run by using the software to restrict who can access the printer. Then, before starting your print, use the web app to work on your STL file. The app also allows you to reposition the print head at any time, as well as pause or stop printing if needed. Since OctoPrint can stream video of your print as it happens, you can watch out for any faults that may require you to abort and restart. Proud of your print? Record the entire process from start to finish and upload the time-lapse video to your favourite social media platform.
For more details and to down load OctoPrint jump over to the official Patreon account of Gina Häußge by following the link below.