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Questions about electronic components for 3D printers or 3D printing electronic components.

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Access uncapped 5 V output on 3D printer controller board

Typically in Arduinos, most of the 5 V outputs that have a limited amount of current (40 mA). Are there any 3D printer boards, or is there even a more usual spot, where you can get a 5&...
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Electric shock from ender 3 printer PSU

I had recently purchased an ender 3 and after setting it up and plugging it in, I received an electrical shock from the power supply. I live in the UK and so I was provided an EU to UK adapter which I ...
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Advice on power supply wiring for the UK

I've been looking at the Ender series and decided to take the plunge. But I'm unsure on electrical matters. The 110 or 220 volt switch, I assume goes to 220 V as I live in the UK but my main ...
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New main board and thermocouple board

I’m upgrading my Ender 3’s main board to an MKS Gen L V2.0 and I want to wire a Max31856 Thermocouple board to it. The Max31856 can use both software SPI or hardware SPI. Looking at the board’s SPI ...
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Using 2x CAT6 cable for 24 V hotend

I'm looking to replace the troublesome ribbon cable of my Duplicator 6 with a 2xCAT6 arrangement for all things extruder. Are 4 26AWG wires (2 sets of 2 twisted pairs) enough copper for 50W heater at ...
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100k Thermistor not reading properly

I am working with a Flashforge Creator Pro Mighty Motherboard for my home built large 3D printer and the heat bed I purchased uses a 2 wire 100k thermistor, while the board uses a 4 pin connection. I ...
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Any defacto standards for controlling new tooling options on generic 3D printers (firmware control and signaling)?

Are there any defacto standards for interfacing between common 3D printers and custom extruders or other tooling? I was thinking how it would be good to have switchable nozzle widths mounted on the ...
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Finding electronic flexible/spring cable

In order to do some cable management I wanted to use the same wires as we can find in USB chargers that are wrapped like springs. The only ones I found are USB or audio cables that I can't easily use ...
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Print from SD and connect to serial host at the same time

I am wondering if it is possible to print with a 3D printer from an SD card and connect to a serial host at the same time. I want to use the Marlin M118 serial ...
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Difference between Creality V2.1/V2.2 boards? Where to find datasheets?

I can't find an official datasheet for either board. Does anyone know where to find this information? Something that has max voltages, pinouts, etc. Also, whats the difference between the V2.1 and ...
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Installing E3D v6 extruder electronics on Ultimaker Original+

I printed the mechanical parts to mount a E3D v6 on my Ultimaker Original+. But I don't know how to connect my heating cartridge, my thermistor and my 3 fans to the electronic board. Any idea? Edit: ...
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What does it mean when they say up to 256 interpolation and 16 micro stepping for the TMC step sticks?

I am planning to get a few TMC step sticks for my 3D printer. I wanted to know what does 256 interpolation with 16 micro stepping mean, in simple terms? Does it help? If so, how?
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Ultimaker original X-axis not moving - possible electronics problem

I'm writing this question here hoping someone will be able to help me with the fixing process that I'm currently involved in! Last week during a printing session my Ultimaker original unexpectedly ...
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Anet A6 Just finished the assembly, has power but wont turn on

I finished assembly of the Anet A6. The green light on the power box comes on with the fuse removed, turns off when it is put back in place. When checking it with a voltage meter it looks like power ...
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Replacing RAMPS 1.4 for 1.6

During the assembly of my printer, I accidentally shorted the RAMPS 1.4 board, looking for a replacement I found the RAMPS 1.6 which would eliminate the need for a MOSFET power module. My question is,...
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Can 3d printers be operated at voltages above 24 volts?

Going from 12V electronics to 24V produces a reduction in the overall amount of heat generated in the electronics (that are not intended to get hot). These include the motors, drivers, mosfets and pcb ...
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I can not really connect successfully to my printer via USB

I have a Tronxy P802M (very similar to the Anet A8, but using a Melzi2.0V5 board) that seems to work fine (I just finished building, and axes movement and the integrated display work) but when I try ...
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Did I just destroy my MKS Gen L v1.0 board by shorting the stepper driver?

I was attempting to install new TMC2208 chips on my MKS Gen L v1.0. Everything was going swell, I just had one more thing to do. I was checking and tuning the Vref for TMC2208 by measuring voltage ...
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Power Supply Safety

I just recently purchased a new MightyBoard (Rev G) for my Replicator that requires a new power supply. The power supply for the Rev E was a 24 V/9.2 A which was necessary for the dual ...
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3D Print Enclosure

Developing an electronic product for which I'll need an enclosure. It's about 50x30x20mm and should survive higher temperatures (50-60 degrees). Because of the low volume (under 500 required per year),...
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Inductive kickback protection?

Is there an integrated kickback protection in stepper motor drivers or should I make my own? I am afraid the steppers might fry the driver or the arduino when i turn off the power for them. I do that ...
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What pins do I use for UART control on a RUMBA board for tmc2208?

I have been looking in the Marlin firmware for about an hour or two now to find what pins I should use for UART for my tmc2208 drivers and I have come up with nothing. Does anyone know what they are ...
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How to fix evenly spaced vertical print pattern

These lines exist on all prints, PLA, ABS. They're 0.800mm apart [20T 2GT pulley, 1.8deg/step motor = 1 line/4 full-steps] Start to disappear above 75mm/s but will still appear on slower axis when ...
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Short circuit on RAMPS 1.6 board?

I have a RAMPS 1.6 board. After soldering my stepper drivers, I probed them for bridging and found a short where none should be. Digging deaper into it, my multimeter shows continuity between the 12V +...
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Can an extruder rated for 24 V work with 12 V ATX power supply?

Heads up: I'm not good with electronics and only have a vague idea of it's inner workings. I have a E3D V6 Extruder rated for 24 V, that i plan to use in my 3D printer. Will there be any ...
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MKS GEN L looks dead

In an attempt to upgrade my Ender 3 to TMC2208, I bought an MKS GENL 1.0 board from Banggood, but it doesn't get recognized from the Windows Device Manager at all: ...
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Printer LCD controller required when using a Raspberry Pi + LCD?

When using a Raspberry Pi and an LCD to run the printer, can the LCD controller that comes on the printer be removed or does it need to be used also?
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What are the basic requirements to make a 3d printing machine? [closed]

What are the basic necessities needed to build a 3d printing machine. Workforce Technology Money etc. I'm an undergrad and my friends and I would like to make a printer for a project. We wanted to ...
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Possible short in a RAMPS 1.6 board

I have an FDM 3d printer that used to run on RAMPS 1.4. After accidentally destroyed that board, I bought a 1.6 board to replace it. I have it connected to a 12 V 30 A power supply, but when ...
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Main board heated bed connectors aren't powering up

Flsun 3D Cube; Marlin 1.1.1; main board: Makerbase MKS Gen_L V1.0; running from either Repetier or OctoPrint. I was recently obliged to replace the main board when it stopped powering the heated bed. ...
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Printrboard Rev. D - RX1 and TX1 (second serial port) / Marlin

I am trying to make Marlin use the RX1 and TX1 pins that are in the EXP1 connection. I am connecting those pins to the TX, RX of an Arduino. The Configuration.h file has a SERIAL_PORT define, ...
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Printrboard Rev. D. 3.3 V source

I am looking for a 3.3 V power source in the Printrboard Rev. D pins. I think there should be one somewhere... I do not know how to read the schematics that well. Also, I am going to connect ...
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Hooking up an optocoupler in a 24V Machine, is a 2 kOhm resistor sufficient?

I am going to buy an inductive probe for my Creality Ender 3 to enable ABL (Automatic Bed Leveling). And now, I have one last question left on my mind: I am going to buy a Vishay Optokoppler ...
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Upgrade main board or straight-across replace?

Flsun 3D Cube; main board, MKS GEN L V1.0 I think I need to replace the main board and I don't know enough about 3D printer components yet to judge whether a 1:1 replacement would be better than ...
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Adding more extruders to GT2560

What possibilities are there to add a third and fourth extruder to GT2560 rev A? The board by default contains connections for two sets of extruder drivers and steppers and has no obvious way to ...
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Heatbed PID vs Bang-Bang - which one is more stressing on components?

I recently switched from Bang-Bang to PID controlled bed heating. The stock firmware pulsed On/Off with about 5 seconds each cycle. Now with PID, my bed keeps its temperature much more stable, the ...
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Ender 3 Won’t Start - flashing screen and blue LED on main board

Just received my second Ender 3 (see my other questions for the problems that first one developed). Figured it best to have a spare while I upgrade my first one with an ABL. I assembled it as normal,...
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TronXY Windows 10 driver

I am about to purchase a TronXY X3 or P802; but, my PC is running Windows 10. The spec sheet for the printers does not list anything above Windows 7. Is anyone using either of these printers with ...
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Stepper motors are not working when connected with RAMPS 1.4

ISSUE: Stepper motors are not working when connected with RAMPS 1.4. OBSERVATION: The LED lights(LED 2,3,4) in the RAMPS 1.4 is not powering up. PRACTICES: I use Arduino Mega 2560 and installed ...
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What is the benefit of using an ARM based electronics?

Most electronics use micro-controllers like an AVR, but I'm seeing ARM chips in new electronics. ARM chips are said to be more powerful, but in what areas related to 3D printing could this help? What ...
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What are the specifications of the dual voltage controller of the Ender 3/CR-10?

Following on from What level of voltage does the Creality Ender-3 run at? Dave's answer states that both 12 V and 24 V can be used on the controller board. It also goes on to say that the ...
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What is the benefit of the Arduino schield based electronics?

Some electronics come as a single PCB. They have CPU and everything on just one board. Other electronics are a shield for an Arduino. So these are always two boards. The Arduino and the other PCB. ...
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Hall Sensor Diagnostic

I'm looking for some help with an ID3 Glacier Point 3D printer that I currently use. The hall sensors on one end of the X and Y axes have stopped functioning. I need to diagnose and confirm that the ...
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Identify temperature sensor

Am wondering if anybody knows what type of sensor this is (from a build plate). Perhaps a thermocoupler? The colouring of the wires seems to suggest it is not directional? Would like to know details ...
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Dual PSU with one switch fuse

My home built printer has been having issues running properly. The x/y/z motors will run freely with standard non build position commands but when they are suppose to start a raft layer and they ...
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Folgertech FT-5 : Does not seem to be reading G-Code correctly

I recently purchased an FT-5 from Folgertech and finished assembly about a week ago. I have yet to accomplish a successful print. It seems like either the file is not being sliced correctly, or that ...
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Best 32 bit electronics for delta?

I'm looking to update my Delta printer's electronics from 8-bit to 32-bit. So I checked Marlin and found out that they working on a project they call it Re-ARM and as far as I can tell they will ...
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Cooling fan spins extremely fast, noisy on startup

I have built a 3D printer from parts. It is using a standard 12V power supply, an Arduino Mega 2560 replica and a RAMPS 1.4 board. The hotend cooling fan is connected to the 12V-AUX pin (the one right ...
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DQ542MA Blown Fuse

I purchased two DQ542MA drivers in order to run two NEMA 17 steppers. After about five days of use I noticed that the green indicator light had gone out on both drivers. The DQ542MA driver running ...
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RAMPS 1.4, 1.5 or 1.6?

I'm about to build a Prusa i3 dolly. I am confused whether to use RAMPS 1.4 or 1.5 or 1.6. What is the big difference? Is it only the MOSFETs and the poly-fuses? If that is the case, would it be ...