Octoprint Apps

Today I decided to check out the different Octoprint 3rd-party client apps on the Apple app store. The first one I tried was called:

Kraken

Kraken was not that bad actually, but one problem I noticed was that when you pressed the movement controls, you would have to push them twice for it to respond.

OctoPod:

One thing I noticed with this app is that it was compatible with Siri, which meant I could tell Siri to start printing something on my printer file list. I also really liked the colors and the layout of the app; it felt very clean. 

OctoShell:

This one did not work. And it felt like an old layout, the font was older. And there were no options or any customization.

3DPC "Your Printer's Companion App."

I like this one actually because it felt like I was in more control of my printer. And most of the controls were on the same page, and there were many customizable settings.

OctoClient lite

This one I did not like so much because most of the tools did not work unless you paid for the pro version.

Summary

Most of the apps had a pro version where you could pay to unlock features. But I think I will stick to using the web instead, if I had to choose an app out of all of them I would choose 3DPC because of how much control I have on that app. This is a picture of OctoPrint on the web: 

Octolapse

A couple of days ago, I found out about a plugin for Octoprint (Don't know what Octoprint is? Click here for more information.) It is called Octolapse. Octolapse is used for taking a ton of photos after each layer and putting them together to make a video that looks like a timelapse, and the result is quite cool. I found out about Octolapse because of a Youtube channel that posts a ton of timelapse videos (WildRoseBuild's channel). So I decided to try the plugin. I installed it but as I was hitting the print button on Octoprint's control panel I got an error message from Octolapse saying I needed to put in some print settings that I have for the printer. And so I opened Cura and entered in the correct settings, then I hit start printing. What is pretty cool is that you can view the timelapse preview as the camera is taking a picture. Here is the result of my first Octolapse: 

And here is a screenshot of the Octolapse control panel: 

TinkerCad

Recently I found an online 3d modeling program called TinkerCad. I found Tinkercad through fusion 360 (which my brother Gideon uses), which is a more complex 3D design program by Autodesk. TinkerCad is fun because it is super simple, but it's also different from most other programs. For example, you can use one shape to cut into another shape to form whatever you want. But most other programs are different because you merge together objects instead of cutting and slicing at an object. Some schools also use Tinkercad because you can create Tinkercad classrooms. I haven't been to a Tinkercad class before, but that would be interesting to try out. Tinkercad also has an app on the app store for iPad, on the iPad, you can use AR (Don't know what AR is? Click here for more info about a similar AR app) to see you 3D objects placed down on tables, chairs, etc. (my Tinkercad profile

3D Printing Wood?

Yesterday I was looking at a list of 3D filament types. Here is a list of 16 different types of filament: 

(Please note: not all of these filament types work for my printer, and that there are more types of filament than listed below)

  1. ABS Filament 
  2. PLA Filament 
  3. PET Filament 
  4. PETT Filament 
  5. Nylon Filament 
  6. PVA Filament 
  7. Sandstone Filament 
  8. Wood Filament 
  9. Metal Filament 
  10. HIPS Filament 
  11. Magnetic Iron Filament 
  12. Conductive Filament 
  13. Carbon Fiber Filament 
  14. TPE Filament 
  15. Glow in the Dark Filament
  16. Amphora Filament 

I didn't realize that you could print wood filament. That sounded interesting to me, so I looked it up on Amazon. I read some of the reviews. Apparently, when you are 3D printing wood filament, it actually smells like wood, which is surprising because the filament is created out of such small recycled wood bits. It is mainly made out of PLA with which I have already been printing. But there is a difference from printing pure PLA versus printing with the wood filament. People say you have to use a bigger nozzle to print wood because it might clog up (don't know what a nozzle is? Click here for more info). But I did find a youtube video by CHEP that explained how you could avoid having to install a different nozzle when using Wood filament: 


3D Printing Upgrades

A while back I was looking at upgrades that I could 3D print for my ender-3 printer. I had found a couple of youtube videos on that but this one is the one I liked most: 

 

1. The first upgrade I printed was a fan cover for one of the fans, it took about five hours to print! Which I had not expected to take that long, but when it finished it fit perfectly on, here is a picture I took: 

2. The next upgrade I printed was a cable clip, the cables on the 3D printer were getting messy and I saw this cable upgrade so I printed it. Actually, before I printed that cable clip design I had printed a different design I saw on Thingiverse, but when it had finished printing I tried to clip it on but It was too big for the Ender-3 rail. That was when I found a different one on Thingiverse that fit the ender-3 rail. here is a picture I took: 

3. The last (actually first) upgrade I printed was an extruder nob, now this one was really helpful because before I had this I had to push the filament myself, but with the extruder nob, I could easily move the filament in and out by turning the nob. When I had printed it, it actually didn't fit on but my brother Gideon had a file to make the hole bigger so that the nob could fit on. Here is a picture I took: