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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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Add 5th stepper driver to the SKR mini E3 v3 to use it for a second extruder motor

I am trying to add a second extruder motor to my Ender 3 V2 so I can use both independently. My Ender 3 V2 has an SKR Mini E3 v3 build in. I have seen the post SKR Mini E3 v3 + additional TMC2208 = 5 ...
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How do I add a custom motor driver to Marlin?

I've been digging through the Marlin code from GitHub, and I'm hoping that someone could direct me where to add a custom motor driver. I figure someone here already is familiar with the code and it ...
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Can stepper motor skipping or stalling be detected automatically?

Is there a method such as fetching data from to stepper motor drivers, that can automatically detect or count stepper motor skips or stepper motor stalling? Preferably for a Creality Ender 3 V2 board ...
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How to use TMC2209 driver to stop print when an obstruction is hit in Marlin

I have built a big gantry (1 m x 1 m) and currently use TMC2208 drivers and Marlin on a RAMPS 1.4 board. When working at high speeds, this could get dangerous if someone gets their hand in the way or ...
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Adding a TMC2209 driver to BIGTREETECH SKR mini E3 V3.0 control board using Marlin

I haven't started on the hardware for this project yet as I'm still waiting for delivery, but I would just like to sense-check my current software mods and hardware plans to see if I'm along the right ...
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Steppers suddenly disabled during job

I'm using: Workbee CNC SKR1.4 Turbo with TMC5160 Marlin 2.0 Steppers suddenly disabled during job. But, they get back working as soon as you restart the machine. I've had the problem twice with this ...
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Ender 3 - mobo 4.2.7 - driver adjustment

I upgraded my Ender 3 with a new Mobo, the 4.2.7 version. My current setup is: Printer Specifications: Ender 3 Upgraded Motherboard 4.2.7 (Silent Stepper Drivers) Marlin FW Upgrade to Version 2.1.x ...
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Broken stepper motor?

After encountering extreme under extrusion on my Anycubic i3 Mega, I first cleaned the nozzle and ended up replacing the entire hotend + nozzle. Since that did not help and I couldn't see any issues ...
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Is my stepper motor driver to blame?

I have a Mooz-2 3D printer from dobot (an obscure chinese brand) that I got from kickstarter. I've done numerous upgrades over the years, including a full-metal hotend, dual z-axis and a custom power ...
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Diagnosing non-functional steppers (Ender 3)

I was upgrading my (already very modified) Ender 3 with a geared extruder, and figured instead of re-flashing the firmware, why not switch the extruder phase on the cable? I accidentally shorted the ...
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Marlin 2.0.x bugfix: how do you define a specific driver to be used when driving a specific stepper?

I'm using a TriGorilla 2560 and Marlin bugfix 2.0.x, and two stepper motors that I'm using as two Z-axes. For some reason, both Z ports, and the E1 port are being driven by the same stepper driver: ...
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Can I power an external stepper driver without motor connected?

I have not used external stepper drivers yet, but I am using them in a new build. I have an optional stepper driver that will be connected to a stepper motor for a rotary attachment. Can I leave the ...
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Stepper motors on the extruder and Z-axis seem to freeze up during any fast movements

OK here's some background of the problem: Symptoms: All retracts on the extruder produce a screeching noise. The extruder extrudes normally all other times. Any fast move on the Z-axis also produces ...
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Blown two Ender 3 stepper drivers

I have an Ender 3 3D printer, and I upgraded the extruder driver to a metal drive one. Since the gear that drives the filament was pressed onto the factory stepper motor I replaced the motor with a ...
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Will my 3D printer significantly get quieter after upgrading from Creality board 2.5.2 to BTT SKR Turbo 1.4

I have a Creality CR10 v3, which includes a board v2.5.2 with built-in TMC2208 stepper motor drivers. I have read that it is still 8-bit (I thought that advertising a "silent board" meant it ...
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How to tell if I have TMC2208 or A4988 Drivers on Creality Silent V4.2.3 Board?

I have a new Creality Ender 2 Pro with a Creality 4.2.3 mainboard. I'm attempting to compile Marlin to fix a bug. How can I tell what driver chips I have on this board? I've narrowed it down to likely ...
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Stepper motor driver dead?

I own a cheap 3D printer FLSUN Delta, which was bought 6 years ago. Several structural and other upgrades were done, such as additional frame links, a new heated bed with external MOSFET. In the past ...
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Raising E-steps on my CR-6 SE makes the extruder choppy

I have the community edition of the firmware for my CR-6 SE printer installed on a BigTreeTech SKR-CR6 V1.0 board. This firmware has a nice E-step calibration guide you can use to easily get the ...
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Can you reuse servo pins on MKS Gen L?

I need to find enough spare pins to add two extra motor drivers for my big printer build. I am using two motors for the Y and three for Z, I can use the E1 for one of them because I won't be using a ...
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Printer shaking - Marlin 2.0

I just replaced the board on my Creality CR-10 with a 32-bit SKR Mini E3 V2.0 control board that runs Marlin 2.0. With the new control board, the printer's Y-Axis moves vibrate so much that it blurs ...
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Error "TMC2208 or TMC2209 on Z2 requires Z2_HARDWARE_SERIAL or Z2_SERIAL_(RX|TX)_PIN

I am getting this error when I try to enable the Z2 driver for MKS Gen L V2.1 Could anyone help? Error "TMC2208 or TMC2209 on Z2 requires Z2_HARDWARE_SERIAL or Z2_SERIAL_(RX|TX)_PIN.
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Dual Z-axis has different speeds (out of sync)

The Z-axis has two stepper motors, I'm using MKS GEN L V2.1 mainboard with TMC 2209 Drivers. My problem is that the motors are out of sync. How can I get them to work together? This is my code from ...
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Stepper Motors getting extremely hot

I installed MKS Gen L V2.1 with TMC 2209 drivers to my Creality Ender-3 printer and updated the software to marlin 2, the stepper motors are getting extremely hot. What should i due to resolve this ...
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MKS / Bigtree Closed Loop stepper the same?

Is the MKS and BigTree closed loop stepper the same? I see more responses to BigTree question. I read BigTree was plug and play and seems to be getting good support from them. I'm using the MKS ...
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Mixing (closed loop) stepper drivers on MKS main board

Can I mix BIGTREETECH S42B closed loop stepper drivers on the MKS Gen L controller board with other drivers? Are the pins in the same position? Would mixing work?
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Z-step pulses too short (Marlin 2.0.x)

I was replacing a stepper driver on my Melzi 2.0 board with a A4988 Pololu module and for some reason, it won't cooperate with Marlin. For reference, I'm using a Melzi 2.0 TRONXY with a ZONESTAR-style ...
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Do printer controllers take inertia into account when interpreting G-code into movement instructions?

I've never built a 3D printer before, but I understand dynamical systems and control theory, and I imagine a lot of the distortion/inaccuracy that happens during the FDM process (especially at high ...
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Is Creality Ender 3 V2 Supposed To Come With Board V 4.2.2?

I recently purchased a Creality Ender 3 V2 ~1 month ago, and just yesterday installed a BLTouch. When looking at the motherboard, I noticed my board version is 4.2.2. Isn't the Ender 3 V2 supposed to ...
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Z-Axis on i3 clone won't move at all, Melzi A4982 driver problem

I'm setting up a replacement Melzi 2.0 board from TRONXY for my i3 clone (a Monoprice Maker Select v2 for those curious), which according to the RepRap wiki has A4982 drivers for all the steppers. I'm ...
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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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Eryone Thinker SE ignoring endstop, gantry only moves down

I just got a Eryone Thinker SE and went through a lot of trouble to get it even working. My first major problem was it would keep trying to ignore the Z endstop switch and go lower than it should be. ...
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Are control boards switchable?

I am interested in buying a larger printer, either a Sovol SV01 or a Sunlu S8 (or something else similar). What I am wondering is, can the control boards and LCD displays be changed to better units ...
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Marlin: Switch Y to E1

I have an Anycubic Kossel with Trigorilla Motherboard, Mega2560+RAMPS1.4. I'm using Marlin 2_0_bugfix My Y connector is not working anymore so I would like to use E1 connector as Y. I found a very ...
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How can I test that my stepper motors for functionality and compliance?

I bought a set of 5 stepper motors from Trianglelab's official Aliexpress shop. Only one of these motors was given any kind of protective bubble wrap for shipping. The contents of the package shifted ...
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Can closed loop steppers be used for extruders?

I am relatively new to 3D printing, but have some background in industrial equipment and test machines. An important part of printer setup is getting the extruder mm/step rate configured correctly. I ...
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Which digipot is this with the markings "AAJU"

I'm porting Marlin to my Qidi Tech 1 and I'm trying to figure out what part this is. The markings on it read "AAJU". I'm pretty sure its the digital pot to adjust the stepper drivers as ...
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Is SD2209 the same as TMC2209 stepper drivers?

While shopping for TMC2209 stepper drivers I found advertisements "SD2209". Is this the same thing?
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Can I mix TMC drivers with A4988 on the same RAMPS board?

The closest thing I can find is this wiki page that state DRV8825 and A4988 can be mixed. However, the TMCs seem different, requiring more connections and offer more features, so I wonder if they can ...
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What's the best stepper motor for BMG with very high extrusion rates?

I was recommended to buy a pancake stepper motor for a direct drive BMG extruder, however I would like to ask if the decrease in torque would still be enough to work with V6 Volcano or SuperVolcano. ...
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X and Y axes don't move after upgrading to TMC2100 drivers

I had noisy DRV8825 drivers for my extruder E0 and X, Y, Z axes. I upgraded all to LV8729 drivers but they were still noisy, so I bought two TMC2100 drivers for the X and Y axes and two LV8729 for the ...
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Why does my TMC2208 only rotate my stepper motor in one direction?

I have two TMC2208 stepper drivers, both with the exact same problem. They both only allow the motor to rotate in one direction. They are currently used inside a CoreXY style 3D printer. In my case, ...
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Smoothers for TEVO Tornado printer

I have a TEVO Tornado (bought quite recently) and I want to know what is the best type of smoothers MKS smoothers or TL smoothers? Are they the same thing?
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Is the Vref trimmer relevant on TMC2208 in UART mode?

I'm going to use TMC2208 stepstick in a printer and the firmware can control via UART the current during printing and during holding (static, no movement): the firmware has an explicit setting for ...
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X axis stops working sometimes on my Tronxy X5SA

This is regarding the circuit of my 3D printer Tronxy X5SA's stepper motor for X axis. I had an observation: It has a cooling fan (40X10 24V) which is having issues lately - it stops working sometimes,...
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TMC5160 Overheating

I am trying to do a project using stepsticks to drive stepper motors. I am currently testing the wiring of stepsticks on a breadboard using a stepper from CD driver and an old laptop charger. I ...
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Need sanity check debugging non-functional extruder [duplicate]

This is the same machine involved in this question: ender-3-pro-extruder-stepper-skipping-with-a-chunk-sound. After reassembling the extruder, I discovered that the extruder stepper did not move, ...
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How to interpret Trinamic driver continuous debug reporting?

In Marlin one can enable continuous debug reporting of Trinamic drivers with the command M122 S1 This sends lines similar to the following over the serial ...
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Titan extruder retraction noise

I am experiencing some retraction noises with my Titan Extruder. At first the noise was more of a clicking noise, and the gear was skipping. I didn't feel any backlash with my finger but I still ...
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