(For BuildFlow versions 0.5+)
Congratulations! You’re the proud new owner of our latest and greatest Print Server! With this awesome piece of technology, you can control your 3D printer over the Internet. BuildFlow is comprised of two products. Firstly, a physical control box called the Print Server. The print server acts as the brains for the 3D printer, allowing it to shake hands with the cloud. The second product is a web app which allows you to run, maintain and manage access to your 3D printers.
Here’s how to get started (you might need an IT staff member involved if your school has an unusual network environment):
Creating an account
1. Navigate to https://buildflow.online.
2. Select "Create Account" and enter your email and create a password in the boxes that appear. Your password must be at least 8 characters, and include at least one upper case letter, lower case letter and numeral. Click "Create Account" to finish.
3. A verification link will be sent to your email, this may take a few minutes. When you receive the email, click the verification link to confirm your account. You can now navigate back to https://buildflow.online.
4. Select "Sign In" from the top of the window, enter the details for the account you just created and click "Sign In".
Configuring a printer
1. Navigate to https://buildflow.online, making sure you are signed in with your BuildFlow account details.
2. Click the "Configure printer" button in the top right corner of the screen. The "Configure Printer" button is an icon of a 3D printer to the left of your account name.
3. You can now select the configuration preset which best suits your network environment. If an applicable preset does not exist please contact email@example.com to request a custom preset.
4. Fill in your network details in the form provided and click the "Generate config file" button.
5. Click the "Download" button to save the conf file to your computer.
6. Move the config file to the base folder of a USB flash drive (not within any other folders).
7. Ensuring your BuildFlow control box is not connected to power, insert the USB drive into the BuildFlow control box.
8. Connect the BuildFlow control box to power.
9. After a few minutes the printer should appear in the BuildFlow web app under the select a printer page. You may need to refresh your browser for it to appear. At this point you may safely remove the USB drive.
Using the print server is fairly intuitive but if you want to learn more about how it works or if you need to troubleshoot anything then check out our support articles for more info. Happy Printing!