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Smooth Jerk-Free Trajectory Planing

I am currently trying to get a torque controlled robot to do 3D printing using custom written Software (in Matlab). To work, the servo motor controller of the robot needs a smooth position trajectory ...
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What is an A4988 "twinner"?

As alluded to in this comment, under the question, Using dual Y stepper drivers on Marlin / RAMPS 1.4, there is a concept of an A4988 "twinner": I am rather building an A4988 "twinner&...
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Can RAMPS V1.4 with DRV8825 drivers run 10 motors?

We need to drive 10 motors for our 3D printer. My doubt here is, RAMPS offer only one driver position for X, Y, Z. But I need multiple X, Y, Z. Is there any possible way to achieve this?
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All else being equal, is there a reason to go with 5, 12 or 24 V fan?

I'm looking for fans for my upcoming printer. In each common voltage, 5, 12 and 24 V, I see fans with the same advertised rpm, cfm, static pressure and noise. So, if all else is really equal, are ...
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Only one 4-pin fan on toolhead board - use it for part cooling, or hotend radiator fan?

BTT CAN Bus toolhead control board I'm going to use has three fan connectors. Two 2-pin ones, and one 4-pin. What is more valuable, to have tachometer and PWM control over the part cooling fan, or ...
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Can Duet 3 Roto Toolboard work with BigTreeTech mainboard?

I am considering a CAN Bus setup with BIGTREETECH Manta M8P, V1.1 or V2.0 with a Raspberry Pi CM4 2GB WiFi as a mainboard because it is overkill and it shouldn't limit me in any way in a foreseeable ...
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How can printer firmware use encoder wheel data?

I am trying to understand the concept of the encoder wheel that is used as a filament sensor, as shown below. It can detect if filament is moving, making it suitable for filament runout and filament ...
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Is there any well-documented 'auto z-offset' (DIY) upgrade available for 3D printers?

In addition to the question How can a force sensor automatically determine the Z-offset?. Is there any well-documented 'auto z-offset' (DIY) upgrade available for 3D printers? I'm particularly ...
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College student personal project - developing a 3D printer design, seeking guidance

I am currently a junior studying mechanical engineering. I have been wanting to start a personal project focusing on 3D printing/printers for a while, yet I have been struggling to develop a course of ...
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Steppers grinding when homing Marlin

When homing the 3D printer or running G29, the X & Y axes are grinding and not moving fully to the correct position. When I run the following G-code the print ...
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3D printer giving me “too long extrusion prevented” error message when ever I try to print a model made in Blender

I am able to print files from Thingiverse just fine but having trouble printing anything designed in Blender. I get the error message “too long extrusion prevented” following which the print fails. I ...
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No extrusion, but manual extrusion works. The motor turns but no filaments pushed down

My printer doesn't have extrusion but when I push it manually it extrudes just fine. The extruder motor turns but it won't really push the filaments to get extruded. I am using the same G-code file ...
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3D printer restarts itself

I have a 3D printer that when I try and heat the hot bed the printer shuts down and restarts. It is an IDEX printer, when I heat the nozzles, they heat up fine, when I move the X-axis it moves fine. Z ...
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3D printer G-code problem

I am currently doing a DIY 3D printer using RAMPS1.4 and it works as I have tested all X, Y and Z axis including the extruder extruding filament. I have jogged all the axis using Pronterface Software. ...
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If you had good enough motors could you print at 1000 mm/s with good quality?

Alright, a few assumptions about the printer. It can handle the momentum of the nozzle moving so fast. I have good enough bed adhesion to do this. The nozzle can handle the amount of filament going ...
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Managing Flashforge Guider 3 Plus printer on Ultimaker Cura

I seem to be having trouble managing the printer for slicing process in Ultimaker Cura. I use Flashforge Guider 3 Plus printer and added it to Ultimaker Cura manually (there was no Guider 3 Plus ...
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Adjust E-step on Ender 3 v2 Neo

I have just calibrated my extruder and everything is ok. When I extrude 100 mm of filament, everything is correct, but when I attach the Bowden tube to the nozzle, the length of filament that is ...
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How to make constant raster angle on Flashprint 5?

I use "Flashprint 5" as a 3D print pre-processing software. I want to have a 0-degree raster angle for all its layers (100 % infill density), in the attached object below. But what I found ...
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Adjust shape dimension in UGS G-code software

I am quite new to CNC. May I ask how to reduce the length per pixel for the entire triangle? I want the template length, height, and every dimension to be reduced by 10 times, which means the height ...
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Fail to upload G-code with UGS Plotter Software

Referring to a circle shape G-code online generator for my 2D printer at here, in which I created a 100 mm circle. I downloaded the G-code from the website and try to open it with UGS plotter but it ...
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Can inserting a shim fix a misaligned nozzle assembly on an Ender 3 S1 Plus?

I recently purchased an Ender 3 S1 Plus. Printed off the benchy, went great, tried a more complex print with a 0.16 mm height, and it looks wonderful. However, when I tried to print something a bit ...
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Can I use a Arduino Mega Clone with a RAMPS 1.4 shield?

I'm trying to build my own 3D-printer and I'm considering using a RAMPS 1.4 shield on an Arduino Mega 2560 as the controller. I could save $30-40 by using a clone Arduino Mega (not the official one) ...
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How to convert a conventional Inkjet printer into a FDM resin 3D printer?

I searched about the subject in this website and could only find this question here asking "if there is an FDM Resin 3D printer", not how to build it. The idea is to replace the inks for ...
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Bigtree GTR V1.0 + M5 (Klipper) Can Klipper access my M5 expansion board?

Just a quick question, Does Klipper support Expansion Boards?
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DIY 3D printer Z-axis problems

So I have a homebuilt 3D printer. I was testing the axes and all of that, suddenly the Z-axis stopped working. I changed its connection to a different axis, and it's working, but when I bring it back ...
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Are there any nozzles shorter than volcano but longer than MK8?

I have a semi-diy hotend setup on my MOOZ-2 (an obscure chinese printer). It requires that the total nozzle length (including threading) is longer than 15 mm. So far, I've been using Volcano nozzles ...
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Can I plug in Arduino Mega USB input (to supply power) and RAMPS 1.4 power input at the same time?

Can I plug Arduino Mega USB input (to supply power) and RAMPS 1.4 power input at the same time? This is because when I plug the PSU into the RAMPS 1.4 alone, the LCD keeps restarting and it just gets ...
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Can I connect a PSU with a higher current rating than RAMPS 1.4 can handle?

I have a 12 V/30 A power supply. Will a RAMPS 1.4 shield burn if I use that power supply with it?
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What is the maximum input ratings for current, voltage and power for RAMPS 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6?

I need to know the maximum input for current, voltage and power for: RAMPS 1.4 RAMPS 1.5 RAMPS 1.6 I want to build a DIY 3D printer. RAMPS 1.6 can deliver only 270 W. but if I total my heatbed + ...
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Unusual printing after upgrading

So I've just done a full upgrade to my machine in by no means a beginner but this issue is stumping me, and a few other veterans that I've asked. Steps Completed: E-Steps extruding a perfect 100 mm ...
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Model looks differently on one leg, has holes [duplicate]

I am currently trying to let someone print a 3D-model of mine for school. The model was made in blender. Everything works fine until the guy imports my model via ...
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Switching computers for 3D printer

Does anyone know how to move a project I'm working on in VSCode on my Mac onto a different Windows computer? It's a Marlin firmware file using Auto Build Marlin and I want to move it from my main Mac ...
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Convert 3D printer to laser engraver

Can you convert a 3D printer to a laser engraver? If so is there a specific thing I have to buy?
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Lead screw orientation

Wouldn't it be better to mount lead screws with the motor on top and the bottom end unconstrained? Compared to the conventional way (motor on the bottom) the lead screw would be under constant tension ...
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Z homing problem; starts printing in the air

I have a DIY 3D printer with Marlin firmware. I use an LJ12A3-4-Z/BY sensor for the Z probe. Recently I have had a ridiculous problem with Z homing. In doing Z homing, it senses the bed, goes up, and ...
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X-axis homing failed with odd results on Tevo Tarantula

I recently finished building my Tevo Tarantula but now I have an issue with homing the X-axis. I have uploaded MarlinTarantula EasyConfig 2.0.x firmware with Arduino Version 1.8.15 on to the Tevo ...
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PLA for Dactyl Manuform print | Which material for printing the shell

I bought PLA Wood for my planned Dactyl Manuform. But now the question is whether this will melt or deform in the sun. I live in Germany, where we reach some days at times 32 °C. However, the keyboard ...
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Why not use high rpm stepper motors with high microstepping with gear reduction in 3D printer?

3D printer use stepper motors for moving print head and extruding filament. They need to have good torque and resolution. Microstepping improves resolution as much as 32 fold (I think) but reduces ...
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What is average price for 3D parabola?

So I wanted to print a 3D parabola, with a radius of 15 cm and a height of 4 cm. I've told this company, they told me that they need 3.5 days and its price will be 147 USA dollars and 50 cents. I ...
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Prints are mirrored in X-axis and inverted in Y-axis direction

My custom 3D printer prints everything inverted. I guess this is a homing problem as the motor moves in correct direction. In Pronterface, if I press -Y — bed moves forward (towards the Y endstop) if ...
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Manual Color Changing

Ive been experimenting will multiple color filament but the colors a more or less blended. Is there are filament that goes from one color directly to another without having transition color ex. red to ...
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Purchasing a first 3D printer [closed]

What is a good entry level 3D printer that you could use while earning to the next level printer? I found there are so many kinds.
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How to 3D print a shopping cart

I need to find a way to design and build a real shopping cart for my project. I have not idea where to start from but I'm thinking maybe I can 3D print the shopping cart which will allow me to quickly ...
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Is FabLab a registered trademark?

I am starting a new company using 3D printers and doing an advertisement, and I want to use the word FabLab to describe the kinds of field that my company is in. Can I be sued by using the word FabLab ...
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Can RAMPS 1.4 be used for a 3D printer?

I am making a DIY 3D printer on a budget. So, I came across a kit with RAMPS 1.4 with an Arduino Uno which is really a great price. But, I don't know if the RAMPS board and the stepper driver (DRV8825)...
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How to design a DIY printer

I am making myself a DIY 3D printer on a budget. And I don't know how to prototype it or design it. Like, I have already planned the parts. But, I don't yet have planned the structure or how parts ...
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Considering size of smooth rod

I am making a DIY 3D printer based on the Prusa MINI. I want to ask what smooth rod size is great for a printer with a 20x20x20 cm print volume. I am planning on using a 8 mm rod for the z-axis and 6 ...
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Will RAMPS able to control 4 stepper motors

I am making a DIY 3D printer based on the Prusa mini. So, I doubt whether RAMPS can control only 4 stepper motors as it has slots for 5 stepper motor slots and one will not be used in my case. If I ...
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How to block UV light (transparent material)?

I want to build my own curing station for my resin printed parts. I know there are a lot of prebuilt machines but they do not completely satisfy my needs. I now want to know which material i can use ...
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How to choose a stepper motor when building a DIY 3D printer?

I am making a DIY 3D printer and I need to know which stepper motor I should use. I am planning on making an 18x18x18 or 20x20x20 max print size. I am only using a single Z-axis like the Prusa Mini. I ...
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