3DWebfier - WIFI to USB 3D Printer remote control
The spreading of 3D printers is giving hint to the creativity of many people, including myself, it's great to draw an object and then send it to to the printer, you will be fascinated to see how a thin wire, like raw material, fluid materialize your idea.
Project present at Maker faire Rome 2014 (Fablab Roma Makers)
Area RUBIK - H
But we realize that time is passing, for a complex object sometimes also needed from 6 to 10 hours before it is completed.
Thus we have a new requirement: it would be great if our 3D Printer can be remotely controlled from the office or from our car, check the progress of work and even stop in case of emergency.
Ok, I know that someone has already thought this, you may decide to use the old laptop connected to the router of your home or office, or definitely the most easy, take a Raspberry PI as a front-end Internet for your printer 3D.
Our idea is to use our development board PIC-AP BOARD (or any board with similar characteristics, a Microchip PiC24 such this one ) connected via USB to the printer 3D and WiFi to home router via a WiFi module with serial interface HLK-RM04
We use the sw free VSPM Virtual Serial Com on the laptop to map the ip address of the printer to a virtual com of our PC and we will control our printer with Pronterface, from another room, the office or from another city.
Likewise we may also use a tablet or a smartphone to get the printer status and if you need to lock it.
To complete a wireless IP camera connected to the module directly to the Home Router WIFi or provide visual feedback for evaluating the quality of processing and take action in case of problems before they have consumed meters of filament.
Processor: PIC24FJ64GB002 16BIT, USB-OTG 8K Ram,16Mips@32Mhz
Program Memory 64K Flash
Comm Interface version:
- HI-LINK HLK-RM04 Serial Port-Ethernet-Wi-Fi Adapter Module (Wireless: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b; Wired: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u)
- Bluetooth serial module HC-05 class2 certified 30ft/10mt coverage
Prototype setup envoironment, testing on Arduino Uno
Below is a video of the test run with the module 3dWebfier and the printer Falla3D , soon we will test the module 3dWebfier with the Wasp 3D printer.
For more info you can go at 3DWebfier - The OPEN project
or you can download the project at Download area