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Introduction

  • Set up Raspberry Pi
  • Install OctoPrint server
  • Configure server
  • Print
  • Monitor it remotely
  1. Go to OctoPrint and download the Raspberry Pi image from there.
    • Go to OctoPrint and download the Raspberry Pi image from there.

    • http://octoprint.org/

    • Get a program that will let you write the image file onto your SD card. I usd Win32DiskImager

  2. If you are using ethernet for network connectivity, you can skip this step. If not, with notepad++ open octopi-networks.txt and go to the proper wifi for your location.
    • If you are using ethernet for network connectivity, you can skip this step. If not, with notepad++ open octopi-networks.txt and go to the proper wifi for your location.

    • Remove the # in front of the iface wlan0 inet manual line for your wireless network

    • I use WPS/WPA2 so I removed the # in front of the three lines.

    • Edit your wifi name to be in the put SSID here, leave the quotes for the network name and the network password.

    • if your network name were YourWiFiNetworkGoesHere and your password was YourWiFiPasskeyGoes Here then the file would look like the picture.

    • iface wlan0 inet manual wpa-ssid "YourWifiNetworkNameGoesHere" wpa-psk "YourWiFiPasskeyGoesHere

  3. Be careful not to touch the Raspberry Pi's components while charged with static electricity, you could damage it and your memory card.
    • Be careful not to touch the Raspberry Pi's components while charged with static electricity, you could damage it and your memory card.

    • Take the Raspberry Pi out of the box and place it on a surface so you can see the memory card slot on the bottom.

  4. Seat the memory card into the socket on the Raspberry Pi. Please note the pins on the card will not be visible, and the card will only go in one way.
    • Seat the memory card into the socket on the Raspberry Pi. Please note the pins on the card will not be visible, and the card will only go in one way.

    • Do NOT force it or you will be buying new parts.

  5. Push the memory card in until it clicks in and locks itself into the Raspberry Pi.
    • Push the memory card in until it clicks in and locks itself into the Raspberry Pi.

  6. Plug in your USB devices.
    • Plug in your USB devices.

    • Plug in power adapter to Raspberry Pi

    • If you have a USB webcam, and you want to monitor the printer visually, you can hook it up at this point.

    • Connect the USB cable to the printer.

  7. Plug it in
    • Plug it in

    • turn on BoXZY power

  8. Open a secure shell to your Raspberry Pi
    • Open a secure shell to your Raspberry Pi

    • You may have to look at your DHCP server or router to see what the address is.

    • In my setup it is currently located at 192.168.1.123

    • Click on Open

    • If this is the first time you shave SSHed into the Pi, you will receive a warning from Putty, accept the connection and continue.

  9. username is pi
    • username is pi

    • default password is raspberry

  10. type passwd
    • type passwd

    • type raspberry for the old password

    • change it to something else that you will remember

    • retype it

  11. Select 1
    • Select 1

  12. Select 1
    • Select 1

    • Hit enter

    • Tab twice to select finish

    • Hit enter

  13. Hit enter
    • Hit enter

  14. Hit enter when yes is selected
    • Hit enter when yes is selected

    • Machine will reboot and kick you out of your ssh session.

  15. The Pi will now reboot.
    • The Pi will now reboot.

  16. Open a web browser on your computer or wireless phone or whatever to the same address you used for SSHing into the machine
    • Open a web browser on your computer or wireless phone or whatever to the same address you used for SSHing into the machine

    • Set up a login for yourself to control the printer. Anyone who can log in to this could potentially control your printer. Security is a good thing

  17. Log in to OctoPrint and say yes to allow it to update itself.
    • Log in to OctoPrint and say yes to allow it to update itself.

  18. Set up the OctoPrint to use the com port and BAUD rate to 115200
    • Set up the OctoPrint to use the com port and BAUD rate to 115200

  19. Create your profile for BoXZY
    • Create your profile for BoXZY

    • Name the printer

    • Model number I used MK1

    • Color I used red as I think they are all red plastic even the unanodized ones.

    • For X and Y I used 165.1 mm (Six and a half inches)

    • For Z I used 203.2 mm (Eight inches)

  20. Hit the Star by the printer to set the BoXZY as the default printer
    • Hit the Star by the printer to set the BoXZY as the default printer

  21. I am printing right now at 200 for the PLA that I am using so I set the temp to use 200, but these settings are going to be irrelevent except for the starting temperature as my slicer changes temp etc.
    • I am printing right now at 200 for the PLA that I am using so I set the temp to use 200, but these settings are going to be irrelevent except for the starting temperature as my slicer changes temp etc.

  22. Connect the printer to the server
    • Connect the printer to the server

  23. Turn on the extruder by selecting your material under the set button
    • Turn on the extruder by selecting your material under the set button

  24. Run your slicer (BoXZY interface will use Slic3r) this is Simplify3D
    • Run your slicer (BoXZY interface will use Slic3r) this is Simplify3D

  25. Export the GCode
    • Export the GCode

  26. Select the upload button on the main page
    • Select the upload button on the main page

    • Choose your GCode file that you just sliced and saved

  27. Select the GCode you want to print and hit Load and Print
    • Select the GCode you want to print and hit Load and Print

  28. Select the GCode viewer or if you did webcam you can watch it for errors.
    • Select the GCode viewer or if you did webcam you can watch it for errors.

  29. You can cancel the print if you have to.
    • You can cancel the print if you have to.

    • If you do cancel you want to move the carriage etc so you don't clog the hed

    • If you didn't configure your scripts to clean up on cancel, move the bed down z50 or so.

    • My cancel script is this:

    • ; disable motors M84 G91 ;set relative positioning ;G1 E-1 F300 ;retract the filament a bit before lifting the nozzle G1 Z100 ;lifts the nozzle off of the print ;disable all heaters {% snippet 'disable_hotends' %} {% snippet 'disable_bed' %} ;disable fan M106 S0

    • and my finish script is: G91 ;set relative positioning ;G1 E-1 F300 ;retract the filament a bit before lifting the nozzle G1 Z100 ;lifts the nozzle off of the print M106 S0 ;extruder fan off M104 S0 ; turn off extruder M140 S0 ; turn off bed M84 ; disable motors

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Ken Gross

Member since: 01/25/2016

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This is fantastic! I did it easily in one evening and it is so nice not to have my laptop anchored to the BoXZY. Thank you for the effort you put into this guide. It's much appreciated.

John Mann - Reply

John, my pleasure. it's amazing how nice it is. And I also hooked up a camera to it. It will make time lapse videos too.

Ken Gross - Reply

Anybody able to do this with a mac and a pi 3?

John Hancorn - Reply

Hi Ken,

I noticed you were using Simplfy3d in part of your guide, BoXZY is not listed on this Software supported 3d printers would this be a good investment for someone with just a BoXZY??

Is there a setting for a 3D printer that BoXZY compares to that would work?

Thanks.

Gerry Hodgson - Reply

Gerry,

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but yes I was able to make BoXZY work with Simplify3D and when it was working it did produce really nice prints. I made my own config for it. I can share it with you if you like.

Ken Gross -

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