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

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Do stepper motors require any maintenance?

I've had my printer for almost a year now. Is there something I should be doing to maintain the motors?
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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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Issue with weird heated bed temperature fluctuations

I have a strange issue with my heated bed. It has been working well for a long time, but recently it has developed an issue where the temperature reported by the thermistor will occasionally jump by ...
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Real life stepper speed

I am wondering about the speed that my steppers should achieve in regular operation and what the determining factors are, from theoretical hardware facts/limits to software limitations that can ...
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Can a heatbed PCB (Prusa Mk2) be straightened out?

I have a really bent heatbed PCB, the middle is elevated about 3 mm with respect to all edges. I have found this thread Warped PCBs, where a heating method is applied by baking a PCB in the oven, as ...
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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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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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Using CAT6 cables for 3D printer motor / sensors / fans

I'm considering using CAT6 cables to connect my printer's extruder assembly to the control board. They seem like an elegant solution, but I've read conflicting opinions online on whether or not this ...
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Is this fuse a good choice for my Prusa i3's power supply and RAMPS 1.4?

Wondering if this fuse is safe to use in this switch/plug to turn on /off a 12V DC 30A Power Supply 360W Power Supply that will power a RAMPS 1.4 board for a Prusa i3 with an external led display that ...
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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 ...
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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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Using an Arduino Mega with burnt voltage regulator

Due to a not-given compatibility with Makerbot mechanical endstop wiring (and carelessness on my side) I ended up burning the voltage regulator on my Arduino Mega 2560. Now, powering the Arduino ...
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Can a common 3D printer be used to print masks for PCBs which use SMD components?

Common 3D printers (read "cheap") may be used to print masks for PCBs (printed-circuit boards) which use PTH (through-hole) components. But can they be used to print PCBs which use SMD components? I'...
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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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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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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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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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Is Arduino Due a worth buy as controller electronics for deltabots?

Over the times I hear people saying delta inverse kinematics push atmega2560 to limits. I see in my local supplier Arduino Due and RAMPS-FD is the cheapest 32bit alternatives. But there's not much ...
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What is the influence of a lower BAUDrate?

I am using a BAUDrate of 115200 since I cannot make a connection to my printer with the advised 250000 rate. Are there any downsides or limits I reach earlier given by the lower BAUDrate?
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What are some conductive filaments that can be used in printing electronics?

I'm very new to 3D printing, and I am very interested in printing electronics. I want to be able to print out circuits, so I've been trying to find a conductive filament. What sorts of conductive ...
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Are there any non-static (ESD safe) materials to print with?

I am attempting to replace an SFX power supply of my computer with a PicoPSU. I would like to manufacture a plate to fill the vacant place and to pass through the power lead, and maybe host a power ...
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What type of fire alarm/smoke alarm should my printer have?

I know you should, like an infant, never leave your printer without surveillance. But sometimes we all do, trusting our double thermistors and heat runaway configurations. But electronics fry and who ...
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it is worth to protect electronics with a 3d printed case?

PLA is flammable, but a good case can protect the main board from dirt. It's worth to protect it with a 3d printed case?
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MOSFET as a safety feature

When going through printer reviews, I often see the presence of a MOSFET listed as an important safety feature. I understand the MOSFET to be a transistor, but I haven't understood how it is used in ...
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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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What does it mean for step and dir “to be on their own ports”?

The wiki page for the RAMBo board mentions: Step and Direction pins are on their own ports for synchronous movement capability What does this mean, and how does it affect printing? Do I need ...
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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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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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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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FlashForge Creator Pro Tool Failure! Temp limit reached

After printing successfully for a while I received an error saying: Tool 0 Failure! Temp limit reached Shutdown or restart. The front panel is not responsive and doesn't allow the printer to print ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why would one choose 12 V from 24 V, from a safety standpoint?

I have seen many people saying on this site and many other 3D printing websites that 24 V systems are safer, compared to 12 V systems. By safer, I am talking in terms of fires or other electrical and ...
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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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Auto Bed Levelling - Printer not detecting, but sensor is triggering

Today I installed an inductive sensor (4 mm sensing distance, NPN) on my printer to perform auto-bed leveling. The sensor works at 12 V and the board at 5 V, so I used a voltage divider (as suggested ...
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My Prusa i3's Z-axis will only go up

If I send it commands to go up, the steppers rotate things up. If I tell the Z-axis to go down, nothing happens. I inverted the Z-axis in the firmware (by setting the value to true instead of false), ...
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How much work would be converting Prusa firmware/software for CNC use?

I have an option to purchase a hobby multi-purpose device (lathe/mill/drill/grinder/cutter) which is manually controlled, but easily converted for driving by stepper motors (all 3 axis are controlled ...
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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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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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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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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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DQ542MA Driver proper settings for NEMA 17 Stepper Motor

Using a 24 V power supply I have two NEMA 17 stepper motors each driven by a DQ542MA stepper motor driver. I have the current settings on the driver set for a RMS of 1.69 and a pulse/rev of 400. ...
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Where is the auto-reset jumper on the Wanhao i3 PLUS?

I'm having some issues when connecting to the printer via USB, see Wanhao i3 PLUS restarts when connecting USB. After some research I thought I would try to remove the ...
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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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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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Geeetech GT2560: Electronic safety and power source

I'm about to build myself a 3D-printer. After a long search for a brain for this one I came across the GT2560 from Geeetech, because it leaves a solid impression on me. The manufacturer himself has a ...