Ever wanted to control your 3D printer from anywhere in the world? Check out OctoPrint Anywhere, which allows you to do just that!
As the name suggests, OctoPrint Anywhere is a plug-in that allows you to have the basic functionality provided by OctoPrint, anywhere. Conventionally, OctoPrint is limited to the range of your WiFi connection, but this plug-in works over the internet. That means you can monitor and control your print jobs from anywhere around the world.
It all sounds exciting, but in a nutshell, this is probably most suitable for people with mission-critical prints, such as small business owners. Casual hobbyists might not find this tool exceptionally important. Let’s find out more in this breakdown.
Here’s a quick glance at the benefits the plug-in has to offer:
The only thing you need is an instance of OctoPrint connected to a 3D printer. If you want to know how you can get OctoPrint set up for your 3D printer, refer to our dedicated guide.
The summarized version is as follows:
If you’re already connected to your printer via OctoPrint, the live webcam feed should be the first thing you see. Within the interface, this is known as the dashboard. It shows your webcam feed in one tab and the controls in another tab.
In the top left, click on the three horizontal bars. This will open a pane that lets you navigate to various functions of the interface. We’ll look into each tab one by one:
Here’s a quick overview:
We’ve had a look at the plug-in at length, but this isn’t the only one that enables remote access:
The Spaghetti Detective is the brainchild of the same man who created OctoPrint Anywhere.
The Polar Cloud is an entire community of students, educators, and entrepreneurs looking to encourage project-based learning. As such, their plug-in is geared more towards classrooms.
The multi-platform messaging service has a very interesting plug-in that goes along with OctoPrint. It lets you view the status of and cancel prints on the go.
AstroPrint is less of an alternative to OctoPrint Anywhere and more of an alternative to OctoPrint itself. Learn more about it and others in our article on OctoPrint alternatives.
(Lead image source: Kenneth Jiang via OctoPrint Anywhere)
License: The text of "OctoPrint Anywhere: Who Needs It and Who Doesn’t" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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