So the printer is now built and working fine and I have printed out some of the test files on the SD card. I have also loaded Proterface on my laptop and copied one of the files on the SD card to the laptop just to test that I can print from the laptop, it's working fine.
I have a lot of STL files that I need to print but I'm new to Prusa so not completely up to speed with how to print these files. So what steps do I need to take to print on the Prusa i3 MK3S+.
The documentation suggests that it can print STL but when trying to load they are not recognised so do they need to be converted in any way for the printer to recognise them?
Download PrusaSlicer from https://www.prusa3d.com/prusaslicer/ and import your .stl files into it. The slicer will convert the .stl into a format that your printer can read and print. See https://help.prusa3d.com/en/article/general-info_1910
Thanks for that.
Yes got it now so now about to try it.
And ditch feeding the printer from the laptop
Not going to work for long prints (the laptop OS is too power saving happy for most automation uses). Get yourself an RPI, and run octoprint. Otherwise, after you slice your files with the slicer copy them to an SD card and load that into the printer. Oh, and do read the book on 3D printing that came with your printer - you would know a lot of answers if you did that.
I'm just playing around to see what works for me but I think I will just use the SD card and not the laptop. I don't really like Pronterprint as an interface.
I looked at Octoprint but got a bit lost in the installation process so abandoned the idea for the moment, so whats an RPI?
As you can see I'm a bit new to all this.
RPI not Retail Price Index, Raspberry Pi Interface maybe?
Yes, raspberry Pi
There are easy ways (such as the OctoPI SD card image) and not too bad "follow the instructions in order" if you want to set up a newer build of Linux on your raspberry Pi. The whole "follow the instructions" process took about 15 minutes, and my RPI 3.5 was up and running. Running octoprint on your PC is also the hard road - it just won't work in the long run. Hoping to save you fruitless hours of fighting the energy saving features in windows.