Getting Started with Your Printrbot Simple Pro
Unboxing: Attaching the Print Bed and Spool Rack – Instructions | Video
Calibration and Your First Print – Instructions | Video
WiFi Setup – Instructions
printrbot.cloud: Adding Your Printer and Creating a Project – Instructions
Resources – Troubleshooting | USB Printing Instructions | Build Instructions | Github
Unboxing: Attaching the Print Bed and Spool Rack
Calibration and Your First Print
Apply blue print bed tape to the print bed.
Plug in and power ON your Printrbot.
Tap the “Settings” icon in the bottom right corner of your LCD screen.
Tap the “Filament” icon.
Tap “LOAD FILAMENT”.
Once your filament is loaded, exit the “Settings” screen.
Open the “First Test Print” project.
Tap “print”. You will see a status screen load and your hot end will begin to heat up.
Finger on the “Trigger” – Be Ready to Switch OFF
As the test print begins, keep your finger on the ON/OFF switch. If the hot end is extruding too close to the print bed, you can avoid damage to your Simple Pro by killing the power immediately. See images below of a printer that is calibrated too low.
If the hot end nozzle is digging into the print bed, the calibration is far too low. Power OFF immediately.
Other indications that the calibration is too low.
- The first layer will appear “choppy” because the nozzle is pushing the melted filament up on the sides of the bead.
- Another indication will be a clicking extruder because the filament will not be able to flow from the extruder if the hot end is too close to the bed.
After powering your Simple back ON, go to the SETTINGS screen and tap “Calibrate”. Adjust the hotend offset up by an increment of 0.2. In this example, the offset is 0.1. Adjust up to 0.3 and save. Begin the test print again.
Repeat this process, adjusting in increments of 0.2 at a time until your first layer height is dialed in.
*NOTE: Each printer is set at a different offset. Your hotend offset value may vary.
Your First Print Video
*NOTE: SEE CALIBRATION INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR FIRST PRINT.
Power ON your Simple Pro and tap the “Settings” icon.
If your printer has never successfully connected to your local network, it will look like this.
- Name: printrbot
- WiFi: AccessPoint (This means that your printer has created its own AdHoc network.)
- IP address: 192.168.4.1
- SSID: FF.FF.FF.FF.FF.FF
- Firmware: _
- Serial:Your serial will be unique.
Visit http://wifisetup.printrbot.cloud. *NOTE: Be sure to visit http://wifisetup… Do not enter httpS://… into your browser.
The wifisetup.printrbot.cloud module will prompt you to connect to the AdHoc network with your computer/phone by changing the wifi network that you connect to – select “printrbot” instead of your home wifi network.
Follow the instructions to add your Printrbot Simple to your local wireless network. Once you choose the network you want the printer to connect to and put in the correct password, you will CHANGE BACK TO YOUR HOME WIFI NETWORK on your computer/phone.
**NOTE: If your Printrbot prompts you to update your firmware, go ahead and update, but DO NOT INTERRUPT THE UPDATE by powering OFF your printer.**
After your Simple Pro has successfully connected to your local network, it will look like this. Your touchscreen will display your local network name and a new IP address.
- Name: printrbot
- WiFi: Local network
- IP address: 10.0.0.5 (Your IP address will be unique.)
- SSID: “My WiFi”
- Firmware: _
- Serial: Your serial will be unique.
printrbot.cloud: Adding Your Printer and Creating a Project
Once you have logged into your printrbot.cloud account, you will be prompted to add a printer to your cloud account.
To add your Simple to your cloud account, click “ADD PRINTER”.
- Name your printer
- Enter the IP address displayed on your printer’s WiFi page (on the LCD on your printer, select: Settings > WiFI).
- Leave the password blank.
- Click “SAVE”
NOTE: If the SSID line on your LCD screen reads “AccessPoint”, you are not connected to your local network. You CANNOT use the IP address to add a printer if your printer WiFi screen reads “AccessPoint”. For more info, review Wifi Setup.
Connection is indicated by the green box in the top right corner of the screen.
After adding your printer, click “CREATE PROJECT”.
After your file has been uploaded, click “SEND TO PRINTER” to upload the project to your Simple Pro. You will see a “downloading” status message on the LCD screen of your printer.
Once your project appears on your printer, select “open” on the LCD screen, swipe to choose the print job (file) and select “Print”. The printer will download the job and begin the print. Happy printing!
Want to print via USB from your computer? Check out this article: Printing via USB on Cura 2 with Your Printrbot Simple Pro