A little while back I wrote about how to use Cura with the Monoprice Voxel / FlashForge Adventurer 3, in that article I discussed how to create a printer profile and slice your models to produce a G-Code file. However, without using the bundled FlashPrint software, it was not possible to transfer the file over the network – instead needing to use a USB flash drive.
I wanted a lightweight app I could use to transfer files to my printer, so I’ve spent the last few weeks I’ve been building Adventurer Client to do just that. I wanted to use it as an opportunity to learn some new frameworks / technologies and I had a lot of fun building it. I thought it would be useful for other FlashForge & Monoprice users too, so now I’m ready to share it with you all.
Using Adventurer Client, you can connect to the printer, see its state and transfer already sliced gcode files to the printer.
I’ve tested this with a Monoproce Voxel, which is a rebranded FlashFordge Adventure 3, I believe this will work with other FlashFordge Printers too, but I don’t have access to any to test this. If you try the app with your printer and it works (or does not) please let me know 🙂.
Getting the App
If you’re running Windows 10, the easiest way to get the app is to instal it from the Microsoft Store here.
Windows 7, 8 & 8.1
To install the app on older versions of Windows download the installer (AdventurerClient-win.exe) from the lastest release here.
To install the app on older versions of Windows download the macOS dmg (AdventurerClient-mac.dmg) from the lastest release here.
Unfortunately, Apple requires that software running on macOS be signed and notarized so that they can verify its identity. Doing this would require me to buy an Apple Developer license which is quite expensive. Therefore, for the time being, the app is distributed unsigned (if I buy a developer license later on, I’ll submit this to the App Sotre). To run the app you need to perform the following steps, for the first run only.
- Double click on “Adventurer Client”
- At the “Adventurer Client” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified. message, click cancel
- Right click on the app and click open
- At the macOS cannot verify the developer of “Adventurer Client”. Are you sure you want to open it? message, click Open
I’ve published the app’s source under the MIT license on my GitHub. In order to easily support running on both Windows and Mac, it is implemented as an Angular app in an Electron wrapper. I was larning a lot about these technologies as I went, so if there are things that seem odd, your feedback (or pull requests) would be warmly welcomed.
I this app is useful to some people, I plan on continueinf to tinker with it over time. If you have any feedback or suggestions, drop me a comment or a tweet on Twitter.