Do we need it and how to use it
modified on Sep 18h, 2020
Creality released a new product called “Creality Wifi Box” in 2020. (I will shorten it to CWB in this article.). It is a device that connects to an FDM 3D printer and provides a wireless connection to a smart device like a smartphone or iPad. It helps us to get rid of the SD card or cable and remote a printer from ANYWHERE.
The Creality Wifi Box(CWB) Will Bring A New Revolution Of Wireless Connection For FDM 3D Printers.
As one of the testers of the CWB, I’d like to share my experience with this new product. I hope this article could be helpful for people who already have the box or who are interested in the box.
For most of the DIY 3D printers, they can only read the Gcode files by inserting an SD card or using a USB cable. It’s kind of out of date if we think that we live in 2020! But it is the truth.
Some Users start to find new ways to let the 3D printers join in the modern world—-Be wireless.
OctoPrint, for example, is a successful approach for wireless printing. OctoPrint is a web interface for 3D printers that allows users to control and monitor all aspects of 3Dprinters. However, OctoPrint is hard to set up. Users have to go through many settings on their devices to get it working. What’s more, OctoPrint works with Raspberry Pi, which means you have to buy a Pi for more than $50.
Creality Wi-Fi Cloud Box
Creality Wi-Fi Cloud Box provides an easy way to connect a 3D printer with smart devices. All you need to do is to connect the Wi-Fi box to a power adapter and a 3D printer, download the Creality Cloud APP on your smart devices and add the CWB to your account by scanning the unique QR code on the box.
Creality Wifi Box truly accomplishes the meaning of wireless. Although OctoPrint is very powerful, it is limited within the 3D printer area (under the same Wifi network). The remote device has to be placed on the same network as your connected 3D printers.
Once the CWB is linked to Wi-Fi and a smart device, you can control the printer from literally anywhere as long as your device has the internet.
Creality Wifi Box provides a new 3D printing experience. It is very friendly for general 3D printer users because the CWB is easy to get installed to your network. Also, the Creality Cloud offers an energetic and creative community where users can download unlimited STL files for free, share their models, and the most important feature, online slice&print STL files.
Features of CWB
|1. Cost-effective (19.9 USD)|
|2. Easy installation|
|3. Remote&Print from anywhere|
|4. Creality Cloud(free STL models, idea sharing, on-line slicing and printing)|
HOW TO USE CREALITY WIFI BOX
Step 1 Open Box
There is no cable prepared for connecting a 3D printer, since each printer may have a different USB port. Also, there is no power adapter. You can use any cellphone adapter that is 5V/2.4A(≥2A) for a power supply.