Make Anything, Anywhere - May 2014 - Octopi & Printrbot Simple Metal!
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Octopi and Printrbot Simple Metal!

Better late than never, May's Make Anything, Anywhere blog is about making your new machines go wireless!

Okay so we're pretty late about getting this blog post out to you folks.  That's because we've been busy building new machines, configuring wireless printer servers and getting to better know all of YOU in our community.  Thanks so much for being patient with us.

This month’s Make Anything, Anywhere Blog is all about setting up your 3D printer to be able to print from any browser connected to your home Wireless network thanks to the folks at  We're also reviewing the new Printrbot Simple Metal.

And now, let's take a second to focus on you, our You3Dit community:

  1. You guys have been awesome - customers love you!   Many thanks to all of you helping us bring people's ideas to life using your design and 3D printing skills!  Go you!
  2. Our community is growing - last month we calculated that we have over US$1.6M in desktop manufacturing tools distributed over 16 different countries world wide, with Spain leading the pack for the total number of 3D printers, desktop CNC machines and other bots.  Our designer network is distributed across more than 23 countries that can design in over 66 different design software platforms.  
  3. Most popular Bots and Design Software in the You3Dit network
    1. Prusi i3 - with +20% representation in our network.  Runner up: Makerbot Replicator 2
    2. Solidworks - with +16% representation in our network.  Runner up: AutoCAD
Short review of the Printrbot Simple Metal - in short - IT'S AWESOME

Treating himself to his 4th 3D printer, Chris bought the all new Printrbot Simple Metal - mainly due to his past positive experience w/Printrbot in general and because of the new and improved features (semi-auto z-height leveling, enhanced hot end and filament extruder mechanism).  Read the full review and watch the video on our blog

For Make Anything, Anywhere - June 2014 (coming later this month), we'll be discussing new desktop manufacturing tools like the Shapeoko2 and a pre-school teacher's experience 3D printing jewelry using TinkerCAD.

Know someone else interested in being part of the distributed manufacturing revolution?  Spread the love and share using the options below!
Getting Octopi set up to wirelessly control your 3D printer

Imagine yourself at your 3D awesome three-hour print is about to start and you're super stoked until you realize that your laptop is going to be chained to the darn thing for the next few hours.  Super annoying right?  Well, have no fear, for Raspberry Pi--called Octopi--is here and we're here to show you how to connect it to your Printrbot Simple (although the resources are good for most 3D printers).  Read all the details on Chris's blog.
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