Uses PWM via GPIO to sound tones whenever an M300 command is encountered
If your 3D printer doesn’t have a speaker or natively support M300 commands for making beeps, this plugin is for you!
Inspired by @jneilliii’s M300Player plugin: you can use a simple (and cheap) passive buzzer, attach it to your Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins, and route M300 commands through it using Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM).
To get started, simply connect your passive buzzer to a ground pin and the (+) side to a triggering GPIO pin, like GPIO16 (BCM). You can find more details online in various tutorials (example).
Install via the bundled Plugin Manager or manually using this URL:
Once you have connected your passive buzzer to your Raspberry Pi and installed the plugin, launch the plugin settings dialog in your OctoPrint client to configure it.
From here you can enable the passive buzzer and indicate which GPIO pin the (+) side is connected to. You may want to play around with the Duty Cycle setting to see what works best for your buzzer. These buzzers won’t sound great but they’ll get the job done!
Optionally, you might also choose to enable a software buzzer that simulates M300 commands in your web browser while you’re actively connected to OctoPrint. This has not been tested in all browsers yet, but you’re welcome to try it out.
Once you have chosen your buzzer configuration settings you can test them out (hardware and/or software) using the “Play Default Tone” button. You can also set a default frequency and duration to be played any time an M300 command is encountered without parameters.
Don’t forget to save your settings before you continue!
Here’s where the magic happens… not only can your printer now handle M300 commands, but you can set up your OctoPrint instance to play music when certain events occur!
Next to each event you’ll see a drop-down for selecting a preset or any .gcode files found in your local storage (not SD card) that contain M300 commands. Select whatever tune you’d like, then click “Try it” to play it. Keep in mind that you’ll need to have saved your settings on the Configurations settings panel before trying to play these M300 commands.
NOTE: if you upload or save new .gcode files, you’ll need to restart OctoPrint before they’ll show up in the Events settings panel.
Feeling creative? Use the Composer settings panel to generate your own tunes for playback!
Just press-and-hold any of the piano keys to hear them. When you release the key, it will save your “note” as generated Gcode. There are also some tools below the generated Gcode that you might find helpful:
- Hit a wrong note? Use the “Undo” button to quickly remove the last note you pressed.
- Need a rest between notes? “Insert Pause” will drop one at the end of your composition.
- Use “Reverse” to play your composition backwards… you can always hit “Reverse” again to put it back.
- Make your tune more rigid and robotic using the “Snap Durations” button. This will try to normalize the durations of your notes.
- “Clear” simply empties out your composition so you can start on another one.
- “Send Gcode to Printer” is an easy way to play back your composition.
- Once you have finalized your masterpiece you can use the drop-down options to:
- “Save Gcode File” in your local storage (SD card storage not supported) under the “M300 Compositions” folder
- “Download Gcode” so you have a copy on your computer
- “Copy Gcode to Clipboard” if you want to paste it into an email, etc.
Support & Contributing
This is my first OctoPrint plugin and it’s still a bit experimental. Please feel free to open issues if you encounter any bugs. I’m also happy to take contributions if you’d like to open a pull request to make any changes.