Octoprint Plugins die jeder kennen sollte!
In the video for Octoprint I already mentioned that the big advantage of Octoprint is the huge selection of plugins. Most of you do not want to try all 152 plugins. So I’ll show you here a small selection of plugins that I find quite useful. The first plugin I want to show is Printer Statistics. If you are like myself, a friend of numbers and statistics are, then you want to know how much has been printed with your printer lately. Then this plugin will give you almost all the answers you need. You get an overview of how much you have printed, how much electricity was consumed, but unfortunately not how much filament was consumed. The second plugin is the Emergency-Stop button. Honestly, what can you have against a big red button. Nothing! That’s why I installed it right away, it just makes the menu more beautiful and stops the shut down the printer in an emergency very quickly. Have you ever wondered how these ingenious time-lapse shots were made? Where the printhead seems not to move and the printed object arises by itself. If not, I can not help you, if you do. Then the answer is Octolapse. Because that allows you, albeit with a whole hassle of settings must be made. To create these timelapses without additional hardware. First, the print parameters need to be set in Octolapse under profiles for your printer. They have to match your slicer settings. You can look it up by looking in the slicer or you can download your Gcode. And look at the parameters there. Once you have done that you only have to define where the print head should rest and how long your recording time should be. Afterwards you will receive the beautiful recording, which can be downloaded in the menu “Timelapse” and can be watched. But before I forget it, ensures a uniform illumination. Because, without light, the shots look moderate so play god and let it shine, otherwise you can spare yourself the whole effort. So and now the best for last. One should know that Astroprint is both plugin and print control. Astroprint sees itself officially as a kind of supplement to Octoprint, that has the advantage. That you can use the Astroprint interface, to control Octoprint remotely. All you need is a free Astroprint account, and then connect the Astroprint account with your Octoprint. Octoprint can now be controlled remotely and this time is also from outside. Meaning outside of your own network. Astroprint has even an own app. With the free Astroprint version, up to two Raspberry Pi can be connected and controlled. Connecting Astroprint with Octoprint has several advantages: Previews are generated for your STL files, there is a statistic under print history, how much has been was printed in the last months and how much filament, was consumed and the most beautiful advantage you will receive a mail or an app notification when your printing is done. For the some people I have here two more suggestions that are not interesting for me, because I use the Astroprint plugin. To get an STL viewer so that something like thumbnails can be created, there is the STL viewer. Even if the pictures look a bit blurry, you can get a rough idea of the objects look like. If you have labeled them similarly. Unfortunately, this is only possible for STLs and not for the Gcodes. The second alternative is “Octoprint Anywhere”, so you can control your printer remotely and it offers similar functionality like Astroprint. The interface also makes a pretty good impression. I prefer Astroprint, because there are several extensions contained in one app. You can find the links to the plugins under the video. If you liked the video, give a thumbs up. See you next time!