Taz 6 "Farm"

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underdog1924
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Taz 6 "Farm"

Post by underdog1924 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:16 am

My school just installed 6 Taz 6s and I'm looking for a way to control them over network essentially like a farm. That would make it easier than running around with SD cards. I use Octoprint but am curious if anyone has any other ideas for controlling multiple printers over a network. Each printer has its own network drop, so that's not an issue.

nopick
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Re: Taz 6 "Farm"

Post by nopick » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:50 am

For six printers, Octoprint is probably your best option. You would not need to carry around SD cards if you are using Octoprint.

I asked a similar question to Lulzbot support a while back and received this answer.

Our 3D printing cluster runs 155 LulzBot 3D Printers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We use BotQueue to manage print jobs across all the 3D printers. Each LulzBot 3D printer is connected to a BeagleBone Black which is connected to the network through an Ethernet cable. Each BeagleBone Black runs a program called Bumblebee to communicate with our BotQueue server to fetch new 3D printing jobs and report the status of the 3D printer. You can also configure BotQueue to show a webcam that is attached to the BeagleBone for each printer. If you wish to connect the BeagleBone to your network via Wi-Fi, you may be able to use a USB Wi-Fi adapter and a USB Hub connected to the BeagleBone.

You can learn more about BotQueue at https://www.botqueue.com/, and you can find the BeagleBone Black at https://beagleboard.org/black/. Our fork of BotQueue is available at https://code.alephobjects.com/source/botqueue/.

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