@Phaedrux said in DWC + Octoprint on RPi + Duet3?:
I think what you really want is for DSF and DWC to mature to the point where the plugins available match what Octoprint has.
Yes that is definitely what I want!
@Danal said in DWC + Octoprint on RPi + Duet3?:
However... I have to question why then run a Duet at all? If someone is really determined to run Octoprint, and therefore have Oct be the "intelligent" layer and the board be "dumb", why not run a much cheaper board? It makes very little sense to me to purchase the best board/system on the market, and then bypass it.
That's a great question! A lot of it comes down to the fact that I'm still relatively new to Duet, and so may not have internalized some of the advantages you may be relying on on a more daily basis. (Running the same machine via both interfaces gives me a great opportunity for real-world A:B comparisons on this front.)
Much of what I currently love about the duet has to do with configurability via filesystem. For a home-built printer, where I'm continuously trying out new tweaks and swapping in new parts, there's just no comparison. It's an amazing platform for learning the hardware without being bogged down in firmware recompilation. (Preaching to the converted here, obviously.)
But I also am doing more and more printing for work, and there some aspects of the OctoPrint plugin ecosystem really shine. Filament usage tracking, job databasing and automated timelapse uploading... For 'production' jobs, during periods when I'm not in the middle of tweaking my hardware, it's pretty nice to have access to lots of those kinds of tools without having to write them myself. Instead I can spend my time on things I enjoy more, like ill-advised machine upgrades. Not to mention sharing some commonality with my non-currently-Duet-driven machines. (Of course if I end up going the Duet3 instead of Duex route, that number might decrement by one...)
Running OctoPrint alongside DSF/DWC means that I will only "bypass" Duet-specific functionalities on occasions when I don't particularly need them. Given how I'm interfacing with the hobby at this point in time, I still see a lot of theoretical advantages to having both running!
So it sounds like no one here has done it yet. If I give it a whirl I will be sure to report back with my experiences!