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The Best OctoPrint Plugins And How To Install Them

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OctoPrint is a web interface dedicated to making 3D printing easier by allowing you to control and monitor the process. The software allows you to access and control virtually any parameter on your printer.

Moreover, in a heart-warming, traditional internet fashion, it鈥檚 open source.

There is a vast database of plugins developed by the 3D printing community that make your experience with OctoPrint even better, and here we list and explain the most popular ones.

Octolapse: The Best OctoPrint Plugin for Time-lapses

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OctoPrint is the most popular software for monitoring and controlling your 3D printer from another room. It's expansive list of plugins takes it to the next level. In this blog post, I will discuss my two favorite OctoPrint plugins, Octolapse and The Spaghetti Detective. As a content creator myself, I will highlight some of the benefits these plugins provide for creating content.

What is Octolapse?#

For those of you that do not know, Octolapse is a plugin for OctoPrint that was developed by FormerLurker. It is an easy to install plugin that provides seemingly magic time-lapses of your 3D prints. You can configure the time-lapses to work in a bunch of different ways. Some configurations make it look like the 3D print is growing out of the build plate, while others provide a satisfying animation effect. You can fully configure many settings to get the exact result you are going for (depending on your camera setup).

OctoPrint_interface

OctoPrint tab (Source: Octolapse page)

Turn your Ender 3 into an Infinite 3D Printer

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If you have been churning out face masks and other PPE for coronavirus, like us, you鈥檝e likely started to wonder if it鈥檚 possible to turn your 3D printer into an infinite 3D printer. Pulling parts off the print bed is tedious, time consuming, and requires being home when each job finishes. In this guide we teach you how to automatically eject parts from the print bed of your Ender 3 so you can start the next print while no one is around!

*Disclaimer: Follow this tutorial at your own risk. Your printer is not built to do automatic part ejection. While we鈥檝e discovered a technique that has been fairly reliable for us, it鈥檚 possible that if you don鈥檛 tweak the GCODE commands to your specifications, you can cause your printer to smash into things and do damage. Don鈥檛 blindly copy and paste GCODE commands, make sure you understand what they will cause the printer to do first.*

How to Get Started 3D Printing

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Many people who know very little about 3D printing think the barriers to entry are extremely high, but the truth is that these days it鈥檚 extremely cheap and easy to get started. In this article we鈥檒l walk through some of the myths and misconceptions then talk about how you can get started with 3D printing as a beginner.

Myth #1: Technical Expertise Required#

Many people think you need to be a programmer or engineer to learn to 3D print, but in reality you only need a few tools and almost no expertise to get started! The biggest skill that is required to 3D print is being able to Google things and follow instructions. With so many people entering this hobby, there is almost always a YouTube step by step guide for anything you want to do. This means you don鈥檛 need to be an expert, when you encounter an issue you can just Google it and follow instructions to problem solve.

3D Print Quality Guide

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Today we鈥檙e here to teach you about 3D print quality and some of the easy ways you can improve surface finish with minimal effort. Above are two 3D prints of the same exact GCODE done back to back on the same printer with the same filament. In this article we鈥檒l discuss what caused surface blobs seen on the left and how you can avoid this in your prints!

Data Driven Best 3D Printer 2020

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Here at The Spaghetti Detective we are in the unique position where we have watched a lot of 3D prints on a wide variety of different 3D printers. A question we get asked frequently is 鈥渨hat is the best 3D printer?鈥 While generally we try to stay agnostic to the type of printer, and catch print failures on any setup, for this series we wanted to try to provide an unbiased, data driven 3D printer review.

By publishing these statistics we hope to give everyone a better insight into the current state of the 3D printing industry and a look at some statistics of the best 3D printers at scale. The statistics generated below are aggregated from a sample size of over 1,000 unique 3D printers, over 100,000 unique print attempts, and over 10,000,000 hours of 3D print monitoring. If there are other metrics you鈥檇 like to see computed on some of the best 3D printers let us know in the comments below and we鈥檒l try to include them in future 3D printer reviews.

Best 3D Printer Criteria #1: Popularity#

How to clean up a PLA / PETG blob from a failed 3D print

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So you went to sleep with your 3D printer running. Excitedly, you wake up and run to go take a look at your beautiful new creation. To your dismay, something has gone horribly wrong. You鈥檝e had a failed 3D print. It didn鈥檛 just create a fresh plate of filament spaghetti, but it has fully encased the hot end of your extruder in a PLA / PETG blob.

We鈥檝e been there -- the racing heart, the panic, the fear your 3D printer will never run again. While it is possible you鈥檝e damaged the 3D printer, it鈥檚 more likely you can get everything back to normal working order by following these steps. The most important part in 3D print clean up is to stay cool and don鈥檛 rush. Damage is more often caused by frustration and impatience when trying to pull off the cold hardened PLA / PETG blob with force than by the print failure itself.

Bed Leveling 鈥 As Demonstrated on an Ender 3

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A hands-on guide to show how to use the paper-method to level the bed for your Ender 3 printer, as well as the tips for the possible problems you may run into.

For any 3D printer that doesn't have auto bed leveling, such as Ender 3, CR-10, CR-10s, Anet A8, precise bed leveling is something that every successful print needs to nail in order to get it right. Bed leveling is literally the foundation (or making sure that the foundation is set up correctly, at least) of a good print. Without a level bed (or software compensation to account for the unlevel bed) your print is often destined for the trash bin, wasting time and money. How much time and money is up to you, because The Spaghetti Detective has got your back!

Glue Stick or Glass Bed - Let's Talk About Bed Adhesion

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3D printer users have a long history of fighting bed adhesion problems. That's why we have all these creative solutions: glue stick, glass bed, blue tape, you name it. For starters, we want to give you an overview on what factors play a role in bed adhesion, and how to get them right. We will drill down to each of them in details in the blogs to follow.