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Posted · Better integration: CAD/STL-> GCode -> Printing (Monitoring&Control) e.g. OctoPI

OptoPI is a good enhancement to be able to transfer GCode files to UM and UM2. Also it is good to be able to monitor, record and even partially control the print.

On the other side, Ultimaker and Ultimaker GCode has a lot of features. The GCode is mainly independent from the Material. Also I am able to change settings during the printing process.

Would it be possible to integrate all these features much better ?

If this has not been discussed altogether in one thread we should start (otherwise add a link and we close this thread).

It was mentioned Ultimaker is developing a new board. If possible this should be included in the discussion, too.

((A final answer or request and solution could be to call all the Ultimaker program features through an API directly from OctoPI (and similar Programs). Well, how can Gina and others be included in the discussion if we have good suggestions ?))

Lets start from the basics. There is a CAD program. For sure we will have different ones. The result is a STL file. Up to this I don't see possible changes in the process for big improvements. Then we normally start Cura (Pronterface etc) as slicing software which delivers after some tests, changes of settings etc after 5-15 minutes the GCode. (When Using Octoprint I am already limited as I cant use UltiGcode).

Now I put the GCode on the printer (manually through SDCard, wireless, maybe even from far away). The aready prepared printer starts to print.

With direct access to the printer I am able to change settings, could be able to change filament, speed etc. But i cannot see from a distant place what happens. A webcam would not be enough.

When using Octoprint, printing has also started. For some time, someone had to be near the printer to prepare the hardware before printing started. After I have started, i am able to monitor the print. But I am much more limited compared to an SDPrint on the UM & UM2. I can change temperature and fan speed.But i am not able to change filament, speed at all etc.

As a side issue, when Using OctoPrint the statistics like Usage Hours will not be updated.

Personally I would like to be able to control all whats already possible with direct SDPrint through Octoprint (it could be a similar software but has to be open source). Even more like added on sensors, additonally added hardware etc.

Lets start the discussion whats already available, what should be improved and what can be done. If there is a general agreement we should try to make a suggestion for a future process standard and try to convince software developers, hardware producers etc.

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