An overview of our experience building the SmartDIYs FABOOL Laser DS, and then ripping out all the electronics and replacing them with different parts.
I’ve had a chance to get pretty familiar with the mechanical design of the Printrbot Simple Pro. It is a straightforward and memorable design, and makes great prints.
This printer is a classic Brook Drumm - tight clearances and compact spaces are a design goal. Built like a tank and hits the sweet spot between rigidity and portability.
I got my hands on a Simple Pro chassis; mechanical parts only. You may have picked up one of these when Brook ran a “rolling stock” sale on the Printrbot store.
I wanted to put together electronics for a printer from scratch. This post is not a guide - if you aren’t comfortable starting a “kit” project with only 80% of the materials and knowledge you need to finish, you should not consider a project like this.
That said, I found it to be a great learning experience and wanted to share my work here so people knew what parts I sourced and how I approached this project.
There are tons of guides that walk through how to set up a Raspberry Pi.
I’ve recently configured multiple devices “from scratch” with OctoPrint and a touchscreen LCD in kiosk mode.
Here’s the steps I follow: