Questions tagged [electronics]

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

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Magnetic field around the printer

I'm using a low voltage active screwdriver that is sensitive to magnetic fields. It is weird, even I put a metal piece on the glass over the heated bed and check it with the pen, it lights fully. If ...
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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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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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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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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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Print failing when connecting mains loads

I am running the SeeMeCNC customized version of Repetier on a Rostock Max V2. I have experienced this problem with both the stock configuration along with an E3D The Chimera. Sometimes, when I am ...
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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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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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Connecting an inductive sensor to the Anet A8

I bought an Anet A8 over christmas. When I bought my printer from Gearbest, I also bought the inductive sensor that they sell. It doesn't seem to work, and I think it might be broken. However, I have ...
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Anet board - MOSFET replacement? [closed]

To learn about printing, and to print the parts for a printer of my own design later on, I've ordered an Anet A8. I just saw this video, Anet A8 3D printer Review. all you need to know. This guy ...
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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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What are the advantages of upgrading to a 32 bit microcontroller? [duplicate]

I returned my 3D printer controller board since it died, after only doing a dozen failed/successful prints. I have bought myself a RADDS board which set me back £72 including motor drivers but not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Solidoodle 4 voltage requirements

I have a solidoodle 4 and have blown the power supply . Long and the short of it is I am trying to modify a Xbox 1 power supply to fulfill the need. I am measuring he voltage at the output and its 14....
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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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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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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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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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Have you used the Retouch3D? What are pros and cons of it? [closed]

I teach in a high school that has a MakerBot printer. I was looking at the Retouch3D tool. I'd like to know some pros/cons from people who have used it themselves. Would you say it is worth getting ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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