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August 30, 2017 AT 4:00 pm

Automatically shut down a printer after a while if idle #3DPrinting #3DThursday

Chris_Vanclercq shares:

Lately I looked for a way to automatically stop my printer after a finished job. OctoPrint has a nice events handling but a bit too dumb for this task: what if I want to print several files one after the other? Should I let my printer shut down and start it again? Not sure that the power supply appreciates that on a long term so it was definitely not an option for me.

I had implemented Jeffeb3’s excellent tutorial on relay controlling a 3D printer, so the biggest task was already done: I was able to drive my printer and its lighting via the OctoPrint menu. You must therefore be in the first place at the same point.

Then comes the automation: everything is in a script that will be executed by OctoPrint after each print. This script uses OctoCmd to retrieve the printer’s status: is it idle? If so, the printer is turned off. It’s as simple as that. 🙂

download the files on: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2478522


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