FlashForge Creator Pro with Raspberry Pi and OctoPrint

I’ve connected my FlashForge Creator Pro to a Raspberry Pi using OctoPrint and opened the status to the public! To check on my printer history, active prints, temperatures, or just about any other aspect of the printer, click “3D Printing Status” in the navigation menu.

For curious minds, my procedure can be followed through these (pretty simple) steps:

  1. Download OctoPi 0.13 and extract it to an SD card as you would for any other Raspberry Pi operating system.

  2. Change the network settings in “octopi-network.txt” on the SD card to reflect your own connection.

  3. Eject the SD card and put it in the Raspberry Pi.

  4. Plug the printer into the Pi’s USB slot.

  5. Plug in the Raspberry Pi and the printer.

  6. Use a program (in my case Advanced IP Scanner) to find the Raspberry Pi’s IP address.

  7. Navigate to your Pi’s IP address in your web browser.

  8. In OctoPi’s interface, press “Login” or create an account.

  9. Press “Settings” and navigate to “Printer Profiles.” Make the following changes to the default profile.

  10. Under “Print bed and build volume,” set “Form Factor” to “Rectangular.” Set “Origin” to “Center.” Set the width, depth, and height to 200mm.

  11. Under “Axes,” ensure that X and Y are set to 2500mm, that Z is set to 300mm, and that E is set to 300mm.

  12. Under “Hotend and extruder,” change the number of extruders to 2 and configure 0 offset.

  13. Save your changes and close “Settings.”

  14. Under “Connection,” choose your serial port (there should only be one option), set “Baudrate” to 115200, and check the desired boxes before pushing “Connect.”

  15. Watch the magic happen as all your printer’s information is transported to your computer screen.

If you’ve got any questions on this process, I’m no expert, but you can contact me on my 21.co profile, and I’ll do my best to help out.

Further reading/resources:

https://octopi.octoprint.org/

http://www.instructables.com/id/FlashForge-Creator-Pro-Raspberry-Pi-2-Octoprint/step2/Octoprint-Setup/

http://print.blake.earth/

Written on March 4, 2017