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IP camera to keep a remote eye on your Ultimaker

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Feel the need to keep an eye on your Ultimaker while you are out and about? Here's a real cheap way of doing it.

If you have an old smartphone laying around, with the help of a free app it can be pressed into use as an IP camera. Another free app on your own phone will allow you to view it remotely. I used an old Android Galaxy Ace as the IP camera and a free app from the playstore - "IP Webcam". It's linked to my WIFI so no data charges to pay for.

For my main phone, also an Android device, I use "IP cam viewer lite".

The files for the Adjustable Tripod are on Youmagine.

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/ip-camera-tripod

Now I just need a way to turn it off if things go wrong - working on it.

I'm currently printing a hub for my faberdashery spoolholder for the next 8 hours.

View the webcam here:

woofycam.dnsdynamic.net <-- enter just this where the IP address goes, no www or @ or anything else.

port 8080

leave user name and password empty.

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So now that I can see my printer happily printing away, I need a way to switch it off if things go wrong.

And they do, this is my first attempt at the tripod.

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So I decided to make an IP power switch with a standard UK wall outlet socket and a small ethernet relay module that has a free smartphone app. The box includes cable clamps and pcb mounting posts. The files will be on YouMagine later.

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Just something going through my mind...

Your switch turns the printer off i assume it does the same thing as if you pressed the power button on the printer?

I don't know about this but aren't there any risks of clogging the nozzle or something? Wouldn't it be better to abort the print in the same way you do with the controller?

 

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