Getting Started with Your Printrbot Simple Pro



Unboxing: Attaching the Print Bed and Spool RackInstructionsVideo
Calibration and Your First Print – InstructionsVideo
Wifi SetupInstructions
Resources – Troubleshooting | Build Instructions | Github



Unboxing: Attaching the Print Bed and Spool Rack

Unboxing Video

Return to Contents

Calibration and Your First Print

Apply 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.



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 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.




Return to the beginning of “Calibration and Your First Print” | View the full calibration guide at our support site.
Return to Contents

Your First Print Video


Return to Contents

Setting Up Wifi with Your Simple Pro

1. Power ON your 2016 Printrbot Simple and tap the “Settings” icon.


Then select WIFI


If your printer has never successfully connected to your local network, it will look like this (WiFi is listed as “AccessPoint”).  This means that your printer has created its own AdHoc network.


Visit  *NOTE: Be sure to visit http://wifisetup… Do not enter httpS://… into your browser.

The 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.

2. 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.

3. Visit to create a Printrbot Cloud account.

4. After verifying your account by checking your email and following instructions there, log in at

5. Once you have logged into your account, click “Create Project”.


6.  After creating a project, you will be prompted to add a printer to your cloud account.


7.  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.

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” 




8.  Click “Upload File” to add an stl model to your project (free files available at or

9.  After your file has been uploaded, go to your Projects screen on your printer, then you can click “Send to Printer” to upload the project to your Simple.  You will see a “downloading” status message on the LCD screen of your printer.


10. Once your project appears on your printer, select “open” on the LCD screen, swipe to choose the print job (file) and select “Print”.

Happy printing!

No luck?  Click here for more troubleshooting suggestions on connecting to your Simple through wifi.

Return to Contents

Share This

Share this post with your friends!