Raspberry Pi 4 & Octoprint on a Mk3s for a relative beginner
 

Raspberry Pi 4 & Octoprint on a Mk3s for a relative beginner  

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Stay At Home Bob
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Hi everyone, I'm coming back to 3D printing after about 5 years out of the game (I used to have an old-school Makerbot ToM) and now feel like a total beginner all over again.  I've been reading up as much as I can.  My Mk3S is on its way and I'm currently reading and scanning You Tube regarding wifi, cameras, and raspberry pi integration. 

 

Can anyone point me to a good resource to educate myself on the matter? Specifically: does the Pi4 even work with the Mk3S? Has anyone tried it? Is there a good beginner's resource out there?

 

I've seen a lot of good info on the Zero W, but I want to have an HD camera and better octoprint functionality.  As I'm researching pricing, the 4 (starter set) is the same price as (or in some configurations even cheaper than) the 3 right now; even though it appears to be much more powerful.  

 

Thanks! 

Best Answer by nilok:

Also, here is my updated guide for Octoprint: https://github.com/itcarsales/prusaPi

Here is the author's guide my setup is based on: https://community.octoprint.org/t/setting-up-octoprint-on-a-raspberry-pi-running-raspbian/2337

There is also OctoPi:  https://octoprint.org/download/

Posted : 19/03/2020 4:43 pm
nilok
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I am a newer user with 3D printers......but my recommendations would be to get a pi and install Octoprint, but don't use it for control immediately.  Set up the camera, plug in the USB so it can connect (but don't connect)......but get used to your printer with the built-in features, menu, and quirks.  Do the LiveZ stuff........get comfy.  Print some small, basic stuff like a new knob from the SD Card and LCD.  Watch it on Octoprint remotely.

Once you get comfortable and happy with your prints, connect and use the Octoprint to monitor....then control...then fun camera stuff.  A pi4 works great, but personally I don't like the extra cooling required on them.  I prefer a 3B+......but there is absolutely no reason you can't use a 4.  The 4 has far more power/memory.  Just don't use a zero or 2 for your requirements.

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Posted : 19/03/2020 4:53 pm
nilok
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Also, here is my updated guide for Octoprint: https://github.com/itcarsales/prusaPi

Here is the author's guide my setup is based on: https://community.octoprint.org/t/setting-up-octoprint-on-a-raspberry-pi-running-raspbian/2337

There is also OctoPi:  https://octoprint.org/download/

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Step 1) Wash your Steel Sheet
Step 2) Return to Step 1...
Posted : 19/03/2020 5:01 pm
Stay At Home Bob
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@nilok

This is massively helpful thank you so much!

 

Posted : 20/03/2020 2:11 am
towlerg
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I'd definitely go with Octopi unless you're a Raspberry freak, it's so much easier. I'll update to OctoPrint 1.4. 

Posted : 20/03/2020 2:16 pm
Stay At Home Bob
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@towlerg

Oh cool! I didn't know they sold pre-setup units... Will definitely check that out thanks! 

Posted : 20/03/2020 3:11 pm
nilok
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@towlerg

I included the OctoPi link as well, but for many....not just the "freaks"....its important to have the latest build of OctoPrint and all of the recent features/bugfixes.  OctoPi does not work that way.  It contains the latest build when Guy builds the ISO.  Not a huge issue for some, and helpful for  people unfamiliar with linux, raspbian, and pi's........but its always nice to have a full range of options presented!!

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Step 1) Wash your Steel Sheet
Step 2) Return to Step 1...
Posted : 20/03/2020 4:13 pm
towlerg
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@nilok

I did not mean freaks in a pejorative sense, but rather for the average Windows user all that command line stuff looks like mumbo jumbo. So  to rephrase, for "freaks" read "experienced linux user", is that ok?.

As I said, if you install using Octopi when you attach to Octoprint it pops a box offering an update to OctoPrint 1.4.

 

Posted : 21/03/2020 1:13 pm
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