This is going to sound really daft.
I’ve started work on my new 3d printer, but as a side project I want to make a small standalone printer host. Something thats easy to operate, and a bit of fun to boot.
so, first a bit of research. Preexisting solutions wouldn’t work for me, For example, octoprint, and astrobox, both require another device to work with there web interface. so off I went scouring the web for a stand alone print server. Nothing… so off I went on an adventure
This is what I came accross - Minty Pi
Now, as you’ll see, its intended for a gaming device. but imagine how sweet (sorry, bad pun :/) it would be to have a small (altoid tin) device that can control your 3d printer and when you’re done, just drop it in your pocket (maybe even play a game on the way home?)
So, with that in mind, I’ve started on the software side of it. And after much deliberation I’ve ordered the parts
and here’s where I’m going with this:
- Im thinking Emulation station (Like on the original Mintypi) as a front end. This would allow for even the small number of buttons used, to control a 3d printer. For printing, the main action needed will be to select a file, and it’ll be printed (or maybe previewed)
- Basic Gcode Sender required preferably something that can display sensor data like on octoprint (https://github.com/nrpatel/FaceCube/blob/master/RepRapArduinoSerialSender.py or https://github.com/bborncr/gcodesender.py/blob/master/gcodesender.py) which look like a promising start.
- Ideally I’d like some onbox slicing. I’m looking at slic3r or cura to get that working
Any thourghts, feelings, feedback or ideas are more than welcome. even if you just think i’m being a daft fool