Purchase of raspberry pi
A Raspberry Pi is a small computer that among other things, can be set up to control your 3D printer. Setting up SimplyPrint requires you to have a Raspberry Pi for each printer you want to set up. We recommend that you buy a Raspberry Pi 4B with a minimum of 2GB of RAM, but all Pi’s from version 3 and up will also work fine. It is also possible to connect a camera module or webcam, so you can get video streaming and images from your printer.
To get started, you just need to register at simplyprint.io/signup where after creation you will be taken through a step by step, setup of your printers. Here you have to choose which plan you want to proceed with. You can see exactly what you are getting from the various plans before choosing. Then you have to choose which printers you have and wish to set up with SimplyPrint. (If you do not find your printer on the list, choose “Any generic printer” and enter det info on your printer. The SimplyPrint team will update the list when it is confirmed that your printer communicates well with OctoPrint it will be added as soon as possible and your printer will automatically be set to the correct model.
Download our image (Proceed to “Network Setup” if Raspberry Pi was purchased with SimplyPrint installed)
If you already have a Raspberry Pi that needs to be set up with SimplyPrint, you need what is called an "image" which is an installation file for the Raspberry Pi. We have created our own image which makes it easy to get started. during setup, select "set up from scratch", here is a download button that retrieves our image. Once downloaded, it must be written to a micro SD card as described below.
Flashing SD card (Go to “Network Setup” if Raspberry Pi was purchased with SimplyPrint installed)
Download and install “Raspberry Pi imager” from the link provided in the setup wizard. Open the program and insert a micro SD card of at least 8 GB, into your computer. When the Raspberry Pi imager opens on your computer, click "Choose OS". Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select “Use custom” and then find the file where you saved it. Next, choose where to install the image. Click “Choose SD card” and select the micro SD card. Now it should be possible to press the "Write" button and then it is going to need to stand there for a few minutes to install. When the Raspberry Pi imager says “SimplyPi has been written to X”, the SD card can be removed.
Setup of network
Setting up a printer in SimplyPrint
Now you just need to get the printer linked to the correct Raspberry Pi. Setup will be a lot easier if you make sure that your device you are setting up from is on the same network as your Raspberry Pi(s). Start from the top and press “Setup” on the first printer.
Setup from auto detect
Here you will see the Raspberry Pi that our system has found on the same network as the device you are setting up from. Press the "Identify" button to see which printer this Raspberry Pi is set up for. Go through the list and press "identify" one at a time until you see the right printer move.
Setup from 4 character code
- Code from printer
If your printer supports M117 commands (writes text on the display) you will be able to see a 4 character code which can be entered under "Enter setup code". This connects the printer directly and you can move on to the next one.
- code from OctoPrint
If you have OctoPrint set up in advance, you can open the IP, it’s on and get the code you need in the bar at the top. If you don’t know the IP address, you can download “Angry IP scanner” and scan your network for a device called “SimplyPi-XXXX” and then enter it’s IP into the search bar in google.This should launch you into OctoPrint where some setup might be needed, but after that yout code should appear in the top as well.