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Posted · Remote controlling my ultimaker


I've been printing non-stop since i got my printer in mid-january. (At the moment printing out the negative molds to make silicone products, blogpost awaiting.. ) During the night i usually wake up a couple of times to check on it, but when i go out i usually get some friends to watch it now and then over skype.

Yes i am paranoid, and even though i have not had any problems with it so far, it is not exactly FCC approved, and i cannot trust it to manage itself while i am away for 12hours.

So i want some way of remote controlling it. I plan to find some kind of webcam app, where i can check up on it on my mobile, but how to turn it of if it really goes bad. I take an hour train everyday, and the room has wooden walls. Go figure...

So tell me about your setup. Do you have a spotter? do you always plan to be close to it when its running? Do you have some kind of app?

- Kempton

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    Posted · Remote controlling my ultimaker

    I use LogMeIn. The free version is good enough for doing standard operations

    on an Ultimaker. I have a webcam setup with the cam software up and the print

    spooler software running as well. Frame rate is sluggish but I can see if a print

    is running fine or has failed.

    I can log in through my phone or another pc and hit stop at any time. Quite nice.

    There are probably other remote login softwares that can do the same thing.

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    Posted · Remote controlling my ultimaker

    Not to try and scare anyone, but I have experienced some glitches with my heater previously. I am not sure if they were a repG problem, or something else. Once the heater kept reporting about 40°, and I momentarily thought there was a problem with my heater. I heard some loudish snapping sounds and looked over to see a thin wisp of black smoke coming off the print head. :shock:

    I also had the temperature reading jump all around like crazy a few times. One thing I have noticed however is that these glitches only have happened after stopping and restarting prints multiple times, and never happened randomly in the middle of a print. Restarting RepG fixed the errors each time. I have not experienced anything similar since using pronterface, but that does not necessarily mean anything.

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