So you’ve got this awesome Ultimaker 3 printer with a build-in webcam. But no way to record and review your prints later on. Are you going to sit around, babysitting your printer at night?
Well, no, you don’t have to! The webcam broadcasts a video that you can watch (and record) from anywhere in your network.
There are two steps to recording your video:
- Find the IP address of your printer. It’s three clicks in the printer’s menu.
- Record the broadcast using your preferred software. Tip: VLC works on almost any platform and is free.
Find the IP address
When your printer is powered on, pick “System” from the root menu:
Now open the “Network” menu:
Finally select the “Connection Status” option and the IP address will show at the bottom of the screen.
Now you can construct the URL of the broadcast or stream. It looks like this:
http://<YOUR IP ADDRESS HERE>:8080/?action=stream
So in my case that would be http://192.168.0.151:8080/?action=stream. In your case, the IP address will be different, so the stream URL will also be slightly different.
You can open this URL in your browser to verify that it is correct. You should see the image of the webcam.
Recording the Broadcast
There are many ways to record the video stream of your webcam. They can be simple or they can be complicated.
If you are not very technical, I would suggest you get yourself VLC Media Player. It’s free and it works on almost any system.
Before you start, you will want to configure the folder where the recordings are stored:
- In the menu go to Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs
- Enter your folder in Files > Record directory or filename
To record your stream, first open it by going to the “Media” menu item and choose “Open Network Stream…”
Next, record the stream by picking the “Record” option from the “Playback” menu.
To stop the recording, click the record option again.
That’s all there is to it. You can now go into the folder you selected and rewatch the print.