Let's forget for a moment that a $35 computer is now controlling my printrbot, I have to say the coding behind Octoprint is just some of the best design wise I've ever seen. From a UX perspective it uses all the latest thinking in web design and is just so damn well put together
. Can't wait to see where it evolves to.
So I sent the first print job to the new Raspberry Wireless print server and it's happily chugging away. I went ahead and sprung for the camera as well so I'll be able to monitor my prints remotely but that can wait.
First things first - we need a proper case for the Raspberry Pi. Funny thing happened here...my RPi was on the floor next to its power source, and the Macbook I just replaced it with was leaning on the coffee table. I started my print and the vibes were just enough to knock the laptop over and fall right on top of the Pi...No damage thankfully, but I'm pretty sure I hurt that macbook's feelings. Anyway - we need a proper case... I went with this one:http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:79036
Since it's mountable and just looks cool.
So, fire up repetier host (or the slicer of your choice) from the comfort of...well anywhere in the house that you choose now that your laptop's free
Load up the file and slice it:
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Then hit the disk icon to save the file to a gcode file (yes you can do this from Slic3r too - I'm just used to repetier host)
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Then drag the file to the webpage and either upload it to local memory or the Pi's SD card. (Wow what a cool feature)
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The page will list all the files loaded on the Pi (very handy), just select the file you want to print and hit the print icon.
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That will load the job in the print panel at which point all your status indicators will populate. You can pause and resume from that panel, and if you want you can check the gcode viewer to see where in transit the head is, or if you went to the trouble of installing a camera you'll see the last image saved
It took some work to get this going but wow - what a great addition
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