How many folks havn't gone to octopi/octozim?

i was wondering if there was any interest in a plug n play upgrade to octoprint without any hardware mods?
I see many have had to deal with a superglued USB port and buying a pi to hack together a solution. The pi likely has its advantages, as the A10 does tend to pause every 20 min or so for random reasons, not sure if that is an A10 issue or my own setup. Anyway, if there’s demand, i might spend the time to make something more official for those in the need.

How many zim owners are still stuck on original jank firmware? Please speak up

I just picked up a second zim, given these are being cleared out at pennies on the dollar. One of my friends is interested in getting one if the effort to first print is low, so I’m invested. I can just go and run through the few hour installation/config for octo, same as i’ve done, or i can spend time working on making this universal if there’s a greater demand.

I’ll be of course riding on the @jpod train and utilizing much of what this forum has offered, but making it more accessible seems appropriate.

All I can say if you don’t go to octozim you will be wasting a lot of money. take alook at this.

I would be interested. The Cubie board isn’t much different from a Raspberry Pi 2, except for the number of USB ports.

I am using S3D and USB.
It works great but its not good having to run the computer all the time.

If you would make a complete and more accessible solution for octozim and the internal A10 board, I would be happy.
I am pretty sure others would be happy as well.

This should be done shortly (few days). I’ve got octoprint on, and most things set up. Should know late today if this method is going to be tenable.

@jmrobert48 @3DPrintEvangelist

its up!


@waffles Thanks for your effort and for sharing. I’ll be trying this very soon!

I need help please. I bought a Zeepro Zim on Ebay and am looking to run with Octoprint. The instructions are really clear and I should have no trouble following them, however the instructions refer to a MicroSD card pre-installed on the left-hand board, I can see the socket but there is no Micro SDcard in it, just empty, is it possible to get the requisite original software as a download so that I can copy it to an SD card myself?

You can find the ‘empty’ SD card image on the forum somewhere, yes

Here’s the Last software released by zeepro:!AmYbjLvkPqWyjzOGw0H9c4rJubi1
And The “empty” image!AmYbjLvkPqWymDM7Hw3lyvgumVi0

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Thank you for that information, is the the original s/ware and needs to be on a separate SD card? Sorry to be such a wimp but I am absolutely clueless!!

Yes. Empty is the one that needs to be in machine when you run it normally. The other one is the install disk.

Mirror’d the files here:

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Well, have followed all the instructions up to entering Password and all that happens is the small device in the centre of the screen continuously circled for 3 hours but nothing happened. I flashed both sd cards twice more and each time came to a halt at same place. Is there anything further that I can try please.

entering wifi password? Orr? If you used the above 1.8.4, and its hanging on zim account creation, thats expected. Zeepro went outa business. Can you clarify which screen hangs?

Due I had no luck with the OctoZIM solution, I temporarilly use THIS software rooted build by @Jaesin , found HERE.
It´s basically the standard 1.8.4 Software, but with all “hidden features” enabled. You´ll need the http://zim.local/zeepronterface page, where you can upload a Gcode file, home your axes and so on (a tiny bit like the Command Page in Octoprint)

Hi @J_Schmidt. How are your prints coming out with “THIS” solution? I figure the prints should be coming out perfect since that software is almost like having a stock zim with original firmware. Reason I would like to know is just in case Octozim doesnt give good prints, then I can change to this solution.


If you have octozim working, at that point gcode is gcode, what runs it shouldnt matter.

@waffles is right. Not the host software is responsible for a good print, it’s the gcode generated by the slicing software! The second point is the hardware with issues like backlash, loose axes, dirty or loose belts and so on.
The only thing that the host software is responsible for, is stopping and pausing in mid-print. Everything else is controlled by the ramps software and board.

In fact, the cubieboard or raspberry do nothing more than managing the nice User interface, and send the gcode to the zimboard line by line.
The zimboard interprets the gcode, and controls the stepper drivers and relays for the heaters and so on.

So, if you have bad printing results, you should try different slicing settings, or even a different slicing software. I for example use slic3r. Others use cura, simplify 3D, or others. The Standard ZIM slicer is an older Version of slic3r, but it works really good.
If you need more information about slicer settings, contact me.

Here are the original Zim slic3r settings if you want to use slic3r independently:

But IMHO Simplify3D is the best and easiest tool to use. The layer preview is also a life saver preventing you from making simple mistakes.