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    They were cheap enough so I already got a pi and got the 64gb microsd to work on it and got raspbian installed pretty easy but I am struggling with getting retropi up and going on it. And I want to install a full version of minecraft on it with windows iot but I have to get past the retropi first. Once I have learned a little more with the pi then I will move forward with repetier server on pi. In repetier server when you are setting up your printer(s) there is an option to set to turn power to printer on/off. At this point that is a dark path to me but I like the sound of it and want to move in that direction. I know the pi has a bunch of gpios so in theory I should be able to achieve this vision with a pi and repetier server. I have some experience with Arduino boards and fusion brain. Feeble knowledge really. I am an auto mechanic I am very good at working with my hands. And all things hardware related come naturally to me. But the software and programming slows me down. I am almost done swapping parts on both printers

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    Unfortunately I have hit a few speed bumps on my way here. First I noticed that I needed slightly longer 8mm linear rods for the x axis on the black printer and I need a jst connector to connect the fan I added to the gt2560 board on the clear printer. So I am in a holding pattern waiting on ebay. Also I lost my .stl file I had made for my little volt gauges and I still have to design and print a black filament holder for the black printer. But aside from that, They are looking much better as I take away all the different colors..



    And here is my pi 3 with a wall mount I designed and printed..



    For the time while I learn the ins and outs of the pi I have it attached to a 32" tv so it is easy on the old eyes..


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    As far as I know, you need an ATX power supply if you want to be able to turn printer on or off. Here's an Instructable about it: http://www.instructables.com/id/Usin...ATX-power-sup/. I've been planning on implementing this on my FrankenCube, but as it's been working very well with raspberry + Octorint, never got around to it... just need to manually turn the ATX main switch off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spegelius View Post
    As far as I know, you need an ATX power supply if you want to be able to turn printer on or off. Here's an Instructable about it: http://www.instructables.com/id/Usin...ATX-power-sup/. I've been planning on implementing this on my FrankenCube, but as it's been working very well with raspberry + Octorint, never got around to it... just need to manually turn the ATX main switch off.

    Thank you. This is a brilliant way to power a printer and a pi together. I need to make some more changes to my printers.
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    I have learned that my monoprice mini printer has onboard wifi. It is not well known about these printers as they are a rebranded mylan 200 printer and I guess that feature wasn't pushed to hard or known or advertised too well but it is there and it works and well. Here is the first wifi printer up and going in my home..



    It is basic in its function but it works. I used repetier and a usb cable to connect to the printer and send g code to tell the printer ssid and password. Then the printer connects to my network and displays a ip address across the top of it's screen. Once I open my browser and type in that address I get this nifty little webpage..



    Here I can drag and drop .gco files for printing. It is not the fastest thing when it comes to uploading files but it works.

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    I know I was thinking about using a pi for this effort but I have since decided to use controllers that natively support wifi. First up for this modification is the GEEETech i3 printer. This machine has been a workhorse for me..



    I have already put some upgrades on this machine. This 12864 screen was an upgrade..



    And now it has to go in exchange for this knob - less and color touchscreen..



    When I first built this printer I was excited to get this together and discover the world of 3d printing. And as such when I got to connecting everything to the gt2560 control board I was admittedly a bit sloppy..



    Here is the gt2560 controller. This is a fine controller. It just doesn't support wifi. So it has to go..



    And I am building this back with an MKS base 1.5 board. I like how the stepper drivers are integrated..



    I know it might seem strange that I like or even want to play with integrated drivers with a fixed amount of microstepping. And these are only 1/16 microstepping. So I have to chase down resolution with stepper motors. I got a pair of 400 steps per revolution or 0.9 degree per step motors. They will install on the x and y axes..



    And here is the controller all wired in and a little cleaner wiring job this time..



    Here we are all back together..



    And here is the MKS wifi module that connects to the back of the MKS tft32 touchscreen..


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    Updated the firmware for the touchscreen and check out the new gui / icons..



    should be printing soon.

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    finished all the setup stuff and got started on the first test print since back together..







    I do still have some fine tuning ahead of me here. The first layer was kinda sketchy because of height and proximity sensor adjustment among other things but that is for a different thread. Now that this machine is back together and printing ok I need to get the wifi connected and print something wirelessly.

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