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matterQ is a simple 3D print server that runs on a Raspberry Pi making it easy to print without the need to keep a computer connected and switched on. matterQ can run a single printer or an entire print farm.

By using Wi-Fi with a matterQ server the 3D printer can be anywhere such as hidden away in a cupboard or garage and jobs can be sent to it.

Setting up matterQ

What You Will Need

  • 1x Raspberry Pi
  • 1x SD Card (2GB or larger)
  • 1x Wi-Fi Adaptor1) [optional]

Writing the matterQ Image to an SD Card

Simply download the latest image from the downloads page and follow the Raspberry Pi guide to write it to an SD card on your platform.

Configuring matterQ

matterQ is configured to work out of the box with the Ultimaker 1. If using a different printer, multiple printers or WiFi see the config page.

Plugging Everything In

  1. Plug the newly imaged and configured SD card into the Raspberry Pi.
  2. Connect the 3D printer Arduino to one of the USB ports.
  3. Connect the Wi-Fi adaptor to the other USB port or plug in an Ethernet cable.
  4. Connect power to the Raspberry Pi.
  5. Switch of the power electronics of the 3D printer.

First Print

The easiest way to print is direct from Cura.

1. You will need to get a special version of Cura that supports LPR.

Check it out from github:

  $ git clone

Or alternatively download a zip.

2. Load Cura and set the following preferences:

  • Communication Settings / Backend: LPR
  • Communication Settings / Hostname: [hostname of IP of your matterQ server]
  • Communication Settings / Queue: lp

3. Click Print to see the LPR window.

4. Look at job status in the web interface: http://[hostname of IP of your matterQ server]


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