Lance was a wizard when it came to motorcycles. He could take a rusted piece of frame and a month later, have a showroom ready, museum quality motorcycle ready for a customer. We often joked, he had some black magic going on in his shop, late at night, when everyone else went home.
So I was surprised when he came to me one day, “Bill, I can’t get my 3d printer to work”.
Pushing my sea monkeys away, I looked at him in wonder, “Lance, you can make a motorcycle out of popsicle sticks, are you telling me you can’t make your 3d Printer sing?”
“It’s not that I can’t make it work, it is the drudgery, the running back and forth, the checking in on that is killing me.”
I could only nod my head, I understood the pain, I had 3 3d Printers myself, a Prusa, MK3S, a CR-10s Pro (v2), and a heavily modified ender 3 pro, so modified that the only thing that was stock was the the power switch, and thinking about it now, that power switch probably can be swapped out as well. I understood the babysitting that was necessary with these temperamental beasts.
I had read, oh, maybe back in 2016 a blurb about a 3d printing utility, a computer program that is, to monitor and actually control your 3d printer remotely. This Software package was called Octoprint. It clicked in my head talking with Lance, maybe this is the solution to my own problem as well.
“Let me do some poking around for a day or two Lance, we will come up with a solution to this, together.”
And we did. The two of us put our heads together and got Octopi running on a raspberry pi zero, results were underwhelming. We threw all in, and put together a Raspberry Pi 4, an up to date linux package and were amazed. It took us a few hours at the beginning, it’s not that the software is fiddly, but there are a sequence of steps that make it much easier. Practice perfected that sequence.
Finally we had a working solution to the sneakernet of loading up an SD card, running it over to the printer, booting it up, getting the print started, then running back every few minutes to check on the nascent print.
Lance installed our creation on his Prusa MK3S, and I have to say, between you and I, there may have been a tear of joy running down his grizzled cheek as he sat at his desk, watching the print unfold, downstairs, in a store room where his Prusa did it’s thing.
Since that fateful day, we designed a custom case to mount on his Printer, a short cable fed the data from the Pi to the Prusa as if it were a single organic entity.
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