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TMC2208 drivers - Microsteps configured incorrectly

I've just installed two TMC2208 drivers on my RAMPS board. I followed a very good step by step tutorial and after some issues, I got it nearly to work. One problem I still have is that when I tell ...
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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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How do you make sure you have the right voltage on the trimpots on an A4988 stepper driver?

I've been looking into this, but: I'm not certain how to configure my multimeter; I don't know how to keep the voltage going, and; I don't know how to keep the multimeter connected to the VMOT? I'm ...
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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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Why do different drivers change the noise of steppers?

I've upgraded my stepper drivers. I'm looking to understand why my stepper motors made noise in the first place.
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Extruder Clicking without Extrusion Problems

I own a DIY Hypercube Evolution equipped with Tevo Titan extruder, Clone Chimera hotend and Capricorn's High-temp PTFE tube. I use RAMPS with Mega and A4988's. During prints, my extruder motor ...
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How should I power these stepper motors

I am rebuilding my printer, a hold Prusa/Mendel that has been boxed for years. I have changed the board ( I am using a Rumba) and the drivers (I am using Pololu 8225) with heatsinks and 1/16 ...
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Short to ground error using TMC2130 stepper drivers

I have recently got an MKS GEN L V1.0 board and 5 TMC2130s. (X, Y, two Z, E). I have wired it all up and uploaded Marlin 1.1.9 and after some quick troubleshooting I got the motors moving. Next day I ...
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Steps per mm of extruder are incorrect after rebuilding

I have got a problem that after upgrading my printer to an aluminum frame my extruder went from around 400 steps per mm at 16 micro steps (which did match the manufacturer's recommendation perfectly) ...
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Step motors vibrate, don't move at all (Prusa I3)

Recently, I changed my RAMPS 1.4 card (because there was a problem with the power output).So I bought this new one, and an Arduino Mega.I didn'T change the code (Marlin 1.3.3).I used the same ...
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Linking an Arduino Mega with RAMPS and an Arduino Uno with CNC Shield to control more stepper motors using Marlin firmware

I've been looking for this for a while, and it looks like no one has tried it before. Does anyone know if there is a way to link an Arduino Mega with RAMPS as master, with an Arduino Uno with a CNC ...
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Small Z axis step: Repetier-Firmware

Z axis length for my printer equals 120 mm. When I manually pass this length, from display controller menu, it's about few millimeters. Then I set the resolution (ZAXIS_STEPS_PER_MM) at 1600 steps per ...
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Oversized pieces

After a long time tweaking my new 3D printer I solved all the unexpected errors and I can print succesful pieces but I am facing a "problem", they are over sized, I found this problem trying to print ...
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Motor driver chip install direction?

I got a new MKS 1.4 controller board and it came with A4988 driver chips. But I can't figure out which way they install. I found something saying to match the printing on the back of the chip to ...
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Pololu - connect motor supply ground and logic supply ground

Is it okay to directly connect together the grounds of the logic supply and the motor supply when using a Pololu style stepper driver? If yes/no, why so?
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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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Different lengths of filament is extruded with different temperatures

TL;DR: I'm looking to change the steps per mm but I'm not sure what to set it to. Do I decide on a temperature and change the rate based on the percentage for that temp? Or is there a more general ...
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Customized Ultimaker 1: Extruder motor does not move

I recently upgraded my Ultimaker 1. The upgrade includes a different stepper motor for the Extruder, the same a Ultimaker 2+ would use. I plugged the new motor and nothing happened. To eliminate the ...
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StepStick Protectors

How do StepStick Protectors work and what exactly do they protect? If I use them with Pololu style stepper drivers, can I unplug for example the motor while the driver is powered without damaging the ...
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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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How can I upgrade the drivers in the Printrboard rev. D?

I have a Printrboard rev. D which includes Allegro A4982 drivers. I would like to replace them, but it appears that newer TMC drivers all require several pins for proper operation. How can I upgrade ...
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RAMPS 1.4 Stepper's not getting a good signal

Running on the Marlin 1.1 firmware, for this issue, most other variables of the printer can just be assumed (It's a CoreXY design, but think i3 for my current testing). (Highlighted my only lead in ...
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Reprap RAMPs over heating issues

So I've got a couple problems, to begin I'm using the RAMPs 1.4, generic Arduino mega with Marlin, generic stepper motor drivers, a generic power supply. Nothing is special or even out of the ordinary....
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Can I use external stepper motor power and USB connection

I have a RAMPS 1.4 with Arduino Mega 2560 with 2 steppers connected to an external power supply using Polulo stepper drivers. The steppers are for X and Y axis movement. This external power supply is ...
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Weird Movement and not homing

https://photos.app.goo.gl/O6yPf3sDeV1yhS0C2 I tried to illustrate my problem in the videos above, two of them show the weird movement and the other shows me clicking on the home button repeatedly. ...
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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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Using stepper motors with integrated controllers

I just scavenged stepper motors from an old laser printer. These have integrated controllers. I'd like to use them without dismantling the controllers. I currently have 4, 6 and 9 wires stepper motors....
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Marlin 2.0 - set stepper drivers?

I have an Anycubic Delta with a Trigorilla board. I have swapped out the A4988 drivers for DRV8825. Currently, I am assuming it is using the A4988 drivers as the steppers are making a quiet growling ...
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Closed-loop stepper motors

I am thinking to use closed-loop stepper motors to prevent step loss and make the machine more accurate. What options (preferably low cost) are there for: ...
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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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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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Is there any (relatively simple) way to determine whether a stepper is being directed to move by the voltage signal across its winding?

This may be a long shot, but I was wondering if the signals seen across a stepper motor's windings could indicate whether the stepper was being told to move over some short time period. This is in ...
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Why did my stepper motor controller chips burn?

I just installed a few of these chips on my RAMPS 1.4 board and tried to turn it on, and the lights on my RAMPS board lit up, which was normal. Then I saw a spark growing and I turned the power off. I ...
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Replicator 2x getting too hot with silent stepper drivers

I equipped my Makerbot Replicator 2x with silent stepper drivers TMC2100. According to the product page I reduced Vref from 127 (factory default) to 25 in the printer settings as well as in my start G-...
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Extruder_2 Stepper Motor does not work

I have a FlashForge Creator Pro. It is equipped with the board revision V SF7.7. My Right extruder prints great, however, the left does not work at all. I have tried to diagnose the cause, but at ...
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Driving a Stepper Motor with a Mini-Rambo Controller

I have been working with the MiniRambo Controller to try to drive 3 stepper motors using the AccelStepper library. The stepper motors are NEMA 17s with the following specifications: I am trying to ...
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Botched firmware upgrade - did I destroy the stepper drivers?

I attempted upgrading my Ender 3 firmware to Marlin 1.1.9, and due to inability to find the directions about the Sanguino variant pin layout file, stupidly built with the "standard" (Arduino) file. ...
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Proper wire gauges for extending all CR-10S wires

I want to extend all my CR-10S wires. I have two long wire types: 22 and 18 AWG wires. I've done some research and found the following: Extruder heating element: 22 AWG or lower. Extruder thermistor ...
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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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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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Getting a programatically-controlled, constant 12 V from one of the motor outputs

I'm building a device that requires five 12 V valves to be programmatically controlled as a switch. So far, I have been able to get outputs from the heated bed, extruder, and fan to be ...
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Will the TMC2130 V3.0 stepper driver work with the Ramps 1.6 Plus board?

I want to buy the board Ramps 1.6 Plus. The description in the link says that is compatible with the driver TMC2130, but I found that there are two versions soldered in SPI mode. BIGTREETECH TMC2130 ...
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My stepper motor has resistance, but does not respond to commands

I have a RAMPS 1.4 setup and I am trying to get things to move. I have a DRV2258 attached to it, and when I power on the 12 V power supply the stepper gets some resistance. However, when I try ...
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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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Three-phase stepper motors?

Can I use three-phase stepper motors with pololu style stepper drivers? If not, what kind of drivers support three-phase motors?
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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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I can set the voltage and current of the TMC2130 driver manually. But, in which cases some of the components could burn up?

I need to know if something will burn up beforehand I plug all the circuits: Ramps 1.6+ Arduino Mega 2560 PSU 12 V, 15 A 2 TMC2130 V3.0 Stepper motor driver 2 Stepper motors 17hs3401 ...
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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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Printer froze mid print, stepper motor driver and MCU extremely hot afterwards. MCU seems dead now (?)

A strange problem occured while 3D printing. I've been printing for a long time now, and I consider myself fairly expeienced. normally, with every problem I've encountered with my printers (Anet, ...
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How to calculate the Vref and X_CURRENT for a TMC2130 stepper driver, knowing the rated current of the stepper motor?

I have written a question about this but I found new information in this video and I want to go more to the point. My motor "rated current" is 1.4V. I assume that this is the maximum current The guy ...