Upgrades for the Taz 5.

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kcchen_00
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by kcchen_00 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:12 am

Both kits look about the same... The clear case has the slot for native raspberry pi camera. An 8GB card is plenty.

The Octoprint wiki has a list of compatible USB cameras:https://github.com/foosel/OctoPrint/wik ... wn-to-work

If you do get the RPi camera, a longer ribbon cable is required... well it really depends on where you mount the camera. If on the need, then definitely a longer cable.

I keep the octopi wired versus wireless. It's close to a network switch.

Toymaker
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by Toymaker » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:49 am

Thanks

So I ordered a RPI with NOOBS preinstalled on the SD card that comes with it.

As I understand it the NOOBS SD card contains several operating systems on it. Do I install the raspbian OS for use with Octoprint?

IS octo print already part of the raspbian OS or will I need to install Octoprint as well .

slipvelocity
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by slipvelocity » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:57 am

Here is what you need (assuming you are using Windows):

1) An SD card you are willing to overwrite. I would make sure it is at least 4 GB.
2) SD Card formatter program: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
3) SD Card image writer: http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
4) The OctoPrint image file (newest is Jan 2015): http://mirror.tsone.net.uk/octopi/

Put an SD card in, format it, use the win32diskimager to write the OctoPi image to it, put it in the RPi, and boot. You will need a display and keyboard/mouse for your first boot and initial setup.

Do the "expand filesystem to fill full card" option (#1 on the initial boot menu). Change the password away from "raspberry".

Boot.

If using wireless adapter: type in "startx", to get to the graphical user interface. Go to menu, settings, and click on "WiFi Config". Hit scan, find your SSID, type in your password, and connect. The RPi will remember this network every time it boots. Shutdown, remove display, remove keyboard, plug in your TAZ, and voila! It should work.

You access the interface by pointing a browser to "octopi.local". You will then get a menu asking you to keep Access Control Enabled (do this!), make a name and password to log in to the OctoPi console.

Next, on the "connect" menu, select AMC0, 115200 baud, check the boxes to make that happen automatically every boot, and hit connect. It should work. It if it doesn't, change AMC0 to the other option you get.

I've been using the OctoPi with great results for awhile now. I would caution you to ensure you plug your 3D printer directly into a USB on the Pi, and not into a hub. For whatever reason, hubs sometime disconnect and reconnect, even if only for a second, but manage to ruin your print in the process.

Hope this helps!

nopick
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by nopick » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:09 am

Here is a good installation video.

https://youtu.be/EHzN_MwunmE

Toymaker
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by Toymaker » Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:26 am

Awsome thanks for the great input.

In Toms video he says you need a USB hub as well. I'm assuming the RPI he is working with is an older version that only has 2 USB ports? So, thus the need for an additional USB hub? Correct? In my case I'm covered with 4 ports (keyboard, mouse, display, Taz5 ). Correct???

Tnks.

slipvelocity
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by slipvelocity » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:04 am

Correct.

Most people's configuration involve a webcam, TAZ, and WiFi dongle. The Raspberry Pi 2 with 4 ports is relatively new, and has you covered.

nopick
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by nopick » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:10 am

I am running a B+ on my mini and a B2 on my Taz. I do not have a hub on either of them.

This WiFi dongle generally works with the Pi. I use one on my Heatermeter (https://github.com/CapnBry/HeaterMeter/wiki.)

http://www.amazon.com/Edimax-EW-7811Un- ... rds=edimax

Toymaker
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by Toymaker » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:02 am

Thanks again guys for schooling me. I will check in when I get the R Pi installed and up and running.

KosmoPi
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by KosmoPi » Sun May 17, 2015 7:33 am

I have some related questions about OctoPi/OctoPrint.

I have a KITTAZ that I upgraded with the LCD smart controller. It works great at just loading an .gcode file onto the SD card and print from the LCD controller. This way I am untethered.

I would however like to monitor my prints via a webcam, and if necessary, shut down the printer if there are any problems.

So Can I use OctoPi and the LCD controller at the same time? Or should I instead just use a smart controllable outlet like Belkin Wemo and a webcam (maybe with a raspberry pi).

kcchen_00
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Re: Upgrades for the Taz 5.

Post by kcchen_00 » Sun May 17, 2015 5:22 pm

I've never tried to stop a print from the LCD... I do most the control through octoprint. I have adjusted flow rate through the LCD when I got it wrong when slicing. The wemo would be the ultimate to control the power.

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