Astroprint.com is a cloud based slicing engine used in order to give the AXIOM instructions on what to print (STL). This will be your dashboard for storing STL files and creating G-code. G-code is the instructions for the printer, e.g speed, temperatures, and toolpaths.
Since Astroprint is cloud based, this opens up the ability to slice and control your printer from any device with a browser! Control of your printer is used with the WiFi board (Wolfbox) that is built into your printer.
1) Design Uploader
- Open AstroPrint and select “Upload Design”, then navigate to the STL you’d like to upload. A new page with a picture of the STL file should appear.
- “Choose Your Printer”
- “add printer” if the printer model is not already available in the list.
- “Choose Your Material”
- “add material” if the material is not already available in the list.
- “Choose Your Print Quality”
- “Normal” will yield a high quality part in most cases. Selecting “Best” isn’t always the best choice, as it will add print time and will not be needed for most types of part. “Draft” is a good choice for a quick print that doesn’t require high details.
- “Advanced Settings”
- This allows you to change settings such as layer height, infll, and much more. Be familiar with print settings before custom changing.
- “Slice” or “Print”.
- “Print” will immediately send the file to your printer if WiFi is setup. The GCODE will also automatically be stored in your dashboard.
- “Slice” will save your GCODE straight to the dashboard. This is used when printing in any other fashion than WiFi (e.i. Viki Screen).
2) File Manager
- Under “Your Designs”, the latest STL file should be listed at the top. Under each name of the STL files, it will display “# print file(s)”. Clicking this will display all of the print files already generated along with the settings used for that specific print. Clicking on the settings will pop up a secondary window with all the specific settings used. Clicking The 3 “…” on the right will allow you to download the GCODE or send send the file directly to your printer.
- The “…” to the left below your part name will allow you to create a new print file and download the STL.
- This tab will display your printer that you have connected to your network.
- From here, you can view basic information such as the current temperature of the printer and what part is printing (during a print job). You also have the ability to capture photos if you attach a webcam to your Wolfbox. If you are interested in more information on connecting a webcam, please visit our solution AXIOM – Wolfbox – Webcam Setup for more information.
- Click “Launch UI”. This will open a new window in your browser with your printer’s AXIOM – Wolfbox Interface.You must be connected to the same network that your printer was connected to during initial setup.
4) Print Captures
- This tab will display pictures taken if you have attached a webcam to your printer. Please visit our solution AXIOM – Wolfbox – Webcam Setup for more information.
- During the slicing process, any printer you selected from “add printer” will be listed in this tab.
- You can erase any printers you no longer wish to have listed in your dropdown.
- Do not edit any of the printer settings. Airwolf 3D has spent countless hours perfecting these print settings so that our customers have the best experience possible with their new printer. Please make sure to use these default settings when using the HDR.
- During the slicing process, any printer you selected from “add filament” will be listed in this tab.
- You can erase any filaments you no longer wish to have listed in your dropdown.
- The option is available to edit default temperatures for the filament, however, we do not suggest changing our recommended settings.
- Change password, name or e-mail.
- Browse and download STL files others have created.