How to connect Makerbot and other Network printers
How to connect Network Printers to 3DPrinterOS
MakerBot 5th Generation Installation guide v2.4 example
- Please first follow the general guide for cloud client installation
- Recommended ways for connecting your Makerbot 5th Gen (same applies to Makerbot Z18 or Makerbot Mini)
- 3DPrinterOS doesn't support them over USB, only WiFi or Ethernet
- We recommend using the Raspberry Pi (3 or 4), because MAC’s and PC’s have to be online 24/7 and that can cause problems.
- It is recommended to use 1x Raspberry Pi per each 3D Printer (but it will work with multiple printers connected to the same RPI too).
- Use WiFi/Ethernet cables to connect both the MakerBot and the RPi (or a computer with the 3DPOS Client) to the network. There is no need to connect the client and MakerBot 5th Gen directly.
- WiFi for new Makerbots can be enabled using this guide.
- Skip this step first, and come back if the cloud client can not detect the network printer automatically. Write down the IP address. Link to the latest Makerware.
- Setup cloud client
- Go to cloud client web interface http://localhost:8008 or if you are using a Raspberry Pi, then go to Raspberry Pi local network IP address, for example in my case it is http://10.0.0.234
- Click the button Detect network printers shown on the picture above, and the detection process will start
- If printers were detected go to step 3.d and skip this and following steps. If there are no printers listed please do step 2.e of this guide, and then 3.c.1-3.c.2 below
if you have problems and need to re-enter the IP address or redetect 3D printers in the network and you'd like to start from scratch, use Forget network printer button
- click Add network printer button
- Paste the IP address. You can find it in Makerware- Device Preferences. Link to the latest Makerware
- When all 3D printers are detected you will see a list and depending on the 3D printer settings some steps to follow. For example, in my case I needed to push a button on a Makerbot 5th Gen Mini to confirm pairing.
- After clicking the button, the printers are listed with their statuses
- Voila! Now you can see the 5th gen printer in the cloud, on the printers tab