[Video] Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W OctoPi 3D Printer Control

OctoPrint 3D printer control and monitoring software installed and tested on a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, demonstrated with a Monoprice Mini Select V2 3D printer. You can learn more about Octoprint / Octopi on its website here:

You can download my 3D printed Pi Zero and camera mount from Thingiverse…

44 Comments on “[Video] Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W OctoPi 3D Printer Control”

  1. Thanks a lot, it was very interesting. I've learn many things. Personnaly I use
    – Raspberry PI zero 2W for MotionEye and Backup on differents WebSite (for Recovery is case of dammage).
    – Raspberry PI Zero W for checking my mailbox (from french Post) with a ATtiny
    – Raspberry PI 3 for Jeedom domotics
    – Raspberry PI 400 on the main TV to share videos, documents and games

  2. I'm pretty sure when I set mine up I didn't have to configure OctoPrint at all (other than setting up SSH and WiFi). Instead, I configured Cura, connected Cura to OctoPrint and everything was configured from Cura. Added advantage is that you can print directly from Cura, and you get a bigger display from the camera in Cura.

  3. Great article. I've ben considering getting a budget 3d printer like the Monoprice model, and wondered if there is a ny value in using an application such as OctoPi. I now have an idea what to expect with regards to printing quality and versatility of using a Pi Zerw 2.0 for a host. Thank you!

  4. Benchy is a great old standard for dialing in your printer and slicer settings. This one looks cold and overextruded to me but it's hard to tell from the video. I don't think supports are allowed in olympic freestyle benchies either. How it fails on the overhangs is informative. But we'll let the suave presenter slide on that one since he makes nice videos and gives friendly names to sharpened tools.

    I'd try another about 10-15 degrees hotter and look for a setting labeled something like 'extrusion multiplier' in your slicer and set it at 90% or .9 (so it uses 10% less filament). If it looks cleaner you might check your extruder calibration.

    It's nice they made an upgraded pi zero that runs octoprint but they seem a little proud of pi's these days.

    Cheers to Chris and the channel…

  5. Another fine video, well-presented, with great content.
    You showed how good the ‘OctoPrint’ software is, and how much it can help with one’s 3D printing.
    As usual, at the end of the video, you asked viewers to ‘Hit Like, and Subscribe’.

    And as usual (for 99.999% of YouTubers) not one word about the author of the software.
    Not one word about “Created & maintained by Gina Häußge”.
    Not one word about how Gina Häußge, as so many FOSS authors, depends on donations to fund her work.

    Yours is a powerful voice in the software/hardware space, as proven by your subscriber count.
    You should spare a few moments to encourage users of the software to consider donating to the authors of FOSS works, how even a dollar/euro/pound/lira can help.
    How if you one actually uses FOSS software to make money, they should consider a monthly/yearly donation. Again, even small amounts can help.

    But no, you even shut down the anonymous data that she uses to help keep track of uses/problems/etc, with a rather snide “Sorry about that”.

    Shame on you, Sir. Shame on you.

  6. Hi Chris. I purchased a 3D Printer last year and I still haven't got it out of the box! I intend to use it at first to make items such as lineside cabinets to go on my Hornby Trakmat Layout. Railway Modelling is a good use for a 3D printer, so maybe you should take it up? A good gauge for you to go for would be TT gauge which is 3mm to the foot. The track you need is called HOm and is made by Peco and is available from Hattons. Loads of things to 3D print and loads more videos for you to make! Thanks for uploading. See Garry Hall's layout: https://youtu.be/DMeg9-Hu3SI

  7. That's about the coolest pi zero 2 video yet, and there are plenty cool ones out there! Still on the fence what my next project will be, and this one has complicated the conundrum!! 😄☘️❤️

  8. Thank you for this clip! I own a Flashforge Finder printer, that is closed source and didn't use to work with octoprint; Due to your clip, I gave it a new shot and lo-and-behold , a plugin that works has been written! Thank you and the developer of the plugin!

  9. Ooo look a Raspberry Pi Zero 2W, I thought they are mythical things like unicorns!
    Most of the suppliers I’ve tried don’t have them in stock and those that do are asking ‘mythical’ prices for them.

  10. Ooo look a Raspberry Pi Zero 2W, I thought they are mythical things like unicorns!
    Most of the suppliers I’ve tried don’t have them in stock and those that do are asking ‘mythical’ prices for them.

  11. Another great video, well done Chris. The one thing I'm waiting for on the 3d print scene is speed. Hopefully the print times will reduce drastically, I haven't seen any sign of it yet I think the average for benchy is about 4 hours? Anyone know if or when speed times will decrease? Loved the little camera mount it's amazing what you can build.

  12. I wonder if one day it'll be possible to make a DIY CRT display at home, since we're able to print an increasing amount of things and materials. I do realise that literally printing a glass tube is probably impossible due to the nature of the materials and the required accuracy but I do hope that somehow CRT monitors can be made again. Christopher, if you have something to say about this I would love to hear it. Hope you don't mind me asking… ^^;

  13. I managed to score a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W (maybe the last one in North America, for all I know!) and was able to get OctoPi running on it and controlling my Creality Ender 3 v2. In printing a case for the Pi Zero I was reminded of one of the most vexing things about 3D printing, which is that the filament may not come off of the spool cleanly. It will bind and may cause the print to fail. Nothing like coming in to a printer that has quite happily printed air for the last hour! I suspect that I am not alone with this. Do you know of a (hopefully) simple fix for this?

    By the way, as with most all of your videos, this one was well researched and well presented and much appreciated.

  14. I'm watching my printer with Octoprint now, built and set up to your instructions.
    It's saving me from going to the garage in the snow.
    I'm printing a wedge so I can screw your frame design to the printer frame with T slot fasteners pointing down as it's an enclosed coreXY printer as it's currently showing a lot of the top of the little tent it lives in.

  15. Very imformative, I'm not technical and find it fascinating how you manage these demonstrations. I was thinking of buying a Raspberry Pi and wondering what uses you could use them for. A nice idea.

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