Getting OctoPrint going from the Mac

OctoPrint looks pretty sweet as an easy and open source way to run my 3D printers remotely.  To make this happen I went down to my local Microcenter and picked up a Raspberry Pi Zero W for $5. That’s the in-store price for only one. Okay, you’ll also need a 4GB micro SD card and a bunch of little things to get it up and running. But I’m not going to get into all that quite yet.

If you read the download page you’ll note that the Pi Zero W isn’t great if you’re running a camera. So don’t use it with a camera. Get a Pi 3 or something if you want to do that. I also downloaded Etcher to make the process easier to flash the micro SD card with the OctoPi image.

I’m supposed to edit the octopi-network.txt file with my wifi info at the start. And I’m not supposed to use the standard text editors on my mac, so I’m using Brackets for that.

I’ll let you know what happens when I plug it in at home.

Getting Started Ordering the Tronxy s5x.

Before I get started I’d like to point out I’ve build printers before. I sourced parts and made my own based on the open source files from (which they seem to be hiding these days) to build a couple gMax 1.5. Sourcing parts and building on your own is a long process, but good for learning. That said, sometimes kits are better. You get started faster, and they also tend to have a community of builders you can go to and ask questions.

Following that logic I recently to upgraded those open source systems. I went with and their FT-5 R2s which require a little maintenance and a long build time, but produce rock solid prints with those linear rails. The R2 kits all have ACM parts and 24v power supplies. Plus the code FOLGERTECHFBGROUP gets you 11% off! Thank the Facebook Group for that.

Now it’s time to move forward. I want a new 3D printer. I wanted one with a bed that doesn’t move like my FT-5, and uses the most recent developments with the XY axis. I wanted it upgradable, I wanted to build it quick, and I wanted it cheap!

To make my decision I searched the web for a while. Core XY designs seems to be all the rage. And buying cheap crappy Chinese kits that REQUIRE mods to get them working right. That’s what people do now. So hey, let’s do it!

From another Facebook Group I discovered a good deal for the Tronxy s5x at $279.99 with free shipping from Los Angeles. I’m not a huge fan of gearbest. But hey, why not at this price. So I have ordered today. I hear I’m going to require a bunch of mods to get this printer up and running properly. But at $279.99 and past knowledge of the process, why not?



The V-King design looks pretty good.  But I admit I love rails. Either way, let’s start with the box and it’s connectors plus extras.

Starting Parts:

20 Corner Brackets 2020 (bought 100 for $22.39

8 Three- Way Corner Brackets (bought 16 for $30.32)

17 V-Slot 20×20 500mm×20-linear-rail/

21 Derlin V Wheels Kits

(ordered with a few extras)