Astroprint & Raspberry Pi 3

AstroPrint & Raspberry Pi 3 Support

If you are looking for instructions on How to build your own Astrobox with a Raspberry Pi 3, follow this guide.

AstroPrint currently supports Raspberry Pi 3, but there ARE some caveats, namely: You will need an additional WiFi dongle along with the Raspberry Pi 3’s built-in WiFi.

Why exactly do I need another WiFi dongle when the Raspberry Pi 3 has built in WiFi?

The built-in WiFi on the Raspberry Pi 3 cannot maintain a simultaneous network connection to your WiFi network and broadcast it’s own hotspot like we require on our Astroboxes. Therefore, the built-in Raspberry Pi 3 WiFi is not sufficient for our purposes at this time.

In order to circumvent this, you will need an additional WiFi dongle to make an Astrobox using a Raspberry Pi 3 board.

With that said, the built in Raspberry Pi 3 WiFi is still used.

The need for the additional WiFi dongle is mainly to support hotspot functionality.

Note: If you don’t need hotspot functionality, it is possible to use a Raspberry Pi 3 without a WiFi dongle. You’ll need to be aware of the Astrobox’s IP address while you set it up for the first time using ethernet, though.

If you have any questions or suggestions about any of the above, join us on our forums.

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AstroPrint Print Preview, Notes, File Renaming & Tweak Settings

New Feature: Organize your designs with Projects

Why Project Folders?

By popular demand, you now have the ability to neatly organize all of your designs and print files directly inside the File Manager. The need for this feature came out of our users voicing their frustrations on our forums about the difficulty of organizing files within the AstroPrint File Manager.

Our solution is quite simple: Project Folders.

File organization has always been a fundamental necessity in the history of computing, and 3D Printing is no exception.

Being one of the most popular cloud platforms for 3D Printing, organizing design files on AstroPrint is an absolute necessity.

Now, keep in mind that this is only the first version. Meaning, it’s not perfect.

We will be improving this feature in future iterations based on your feedback.

As always, if you have any suggestions on improving the workflow and making this feature more intuitive, please let us know via our forums or on twitter.

This feature is likely going to evolve into one of the most used features of the AstroPrint File Manager.

Enough chitter chatter, so how the heck do you actually use Project Folders?

It’s quite simple. Let me show you how.


Creating a new Project

  • First, you want to fire up the File Manager.

 

Astroprint File Manager

 

  • There are two main ways to create a new Project. You can either click the button located on the upper right-hand corner of your screen (next to the Upload button) OR you can simply click the New Project button.

 

  • Note: Keep in mind that the New Project button only shows up when you have 0 projects. After you have created a Project, you’ll have to use the smaller button on the top right-hand corner to create additional Projects. 

 

Create new project on Astroprint

 

 

  • Once you have clicked either button to create a new project, simply assign a name for your new project. Don’t worry, you can rename this later if you change your mind.

 

Create new project with AstroPrint

 

  • Once you create your project(s), you’ll see them ABOVE the rest of your designs in the File Manager in a dedicated section called My Projects. In this section, you can also rename or delete your projects.

 

Organizing files on astroprint

 


Moving designs from File Manager to Projects

 

  • You also have the option of moving existing files from the File Manager to an existing Project Folder. This should be a convenient way to move specific designs into your Project Folder for better organization.

 

Organizing files on Astroprint


 Moving designs from Projects to File Manager

  • If you’d like to move a design from one of your Project Folders to the File Manager, simply click the circle with the 3 red dots to bring up the context menu, then choose “Remove from Project“. This will remove the file from a Project and place it back in the File Manager.

 

Removing designs on Astroprint Project folders


Deleting Projects

 

Delete project folders in AstroPrint

 

  • Warning: If you remove/delete a Project Folder containing design files, you will lose everything. Just in case you accidentally pressed “Delete” on a Project folder, you’ll be asked for confirmation, however.

 

How to delete projects on AstroPrint

That’s it!

You have just become a much more organized human being 🙂

If you have any suggestions on improving the workflow of this feature, please let us know via our forums or twitter. As always, we make a concerted effort to incorporate your feedback into future iteration(s) of AstroPrint.

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Press Release: AstroPrint Integrates the 3D Slash App, Creating a User-Friendly 3D Platform for Mainstream Users

Press Release

ASTROPRINT INTEGRATES THE 3D SLASH APP,
CREATING A USER-FRIENDLY 3D PLATFORM FOR MAINSTREAM USERS

San Diego, CA and Paris, France, August 11, 2015 – AstroPrint, the cloud 3D printing software platform and 3D Slash, the fun and easy-to-use 3D modeling app, announced their partnership today. The combination of these two user-friendly services will provide all users with an engaging and efficient 3D experience.

Free your mind from complex 3D parameters: AstroPrint and 3D Slash collaborate to offer a simple and intuitive 3D experience, accessible both from PC and mobile devices. Users can now easily create, remix, slice, monitor and 3D print anything, anytime, from anywhere.

A great 3D experience for all users
AstroPrint and 3D Slash both offer smart plug & play tools to anyone wishing to work in 3D trouble-free. With this partnership, users can directly access the 3D Slash modeling app from the AstroPrint dashboard. (more…)

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