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Why do different drivers change the noise of steppers?

Stepper motors contain two distinct sets of coils. The current in these coils is governed by your stepper motor driver. To move the motor in either direction, the coils are being driven one after ...
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How do you make sure you have the right voltage on the trimpots on an A4988 stepper driver?

I want to add some points and clarifications to the answer that @darthpixel already has given. Most information you need is in there, I want to give some more practical advice, since that is what I ...
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How do you make sure you have the right voltage on the trimpots on an A4988 stepper driver?

Generally speaking voltage on stepstick output should be around 1V. To imagine more or less what the current and what the voltage is, you can think about it in the same way as about water. The wire ...
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Customized Ultimaker 1: Extruder motor does not move

Did you heat the hotend before attempting to move the extruder? Most firmwares block cold extrusion. If you send the printer M302 it will allow the extruder motor ...
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Marlin 2.0 - set stepper drivers?

In the configuration.h file of Marlin 2.0.x you can define which stepper driver type is used to drive the stepper in the Stepper Drivers section. You can choose to ...
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StepStick Protectors

To Protect, or Not to Protect From the web site you reference: The SilentStepStick Protector is an add-on module for StepStick and Pololu A4988 compatible stepper motor drivers. The board ...
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Using stepper motors with integrated controllers

Many of the motors that look like stepper motors in laser printers are actually three-phase brush-less DC motors. These look like stepper motors, but are intended to be used differently, controlled ...
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Can I mix TMC drivers with A4988 on the same RAMPS board?

Yes you can mix different drivers, including the TMC drivers (e.g. using for X and Y only). How you do that is described in this instructable. Please do note that, from observations, the 8-bit based ...
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Step motors vibrate, don't move at all (Prusa I3)

Usually if they get too hot you have to adjust the amperage by turning the little potentiometer on the A4988 (turn left until you can move the motor by hand, turn right until you cant, add a little ...
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Short to ground error using TMC2130 stepper drivers

I have fixed it. I tried uploading the bugfix version of Marlin and no luck. Then I noticed a loose jumper wire that connected the driver to the board and when re-installing it I noticed it didn't ...
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Different lengths of filament is extruded with different temperatures

Obviously, your extrusion process is troubled by a lot of pressure. This can be seen from the extensive experiment you conducted with PLA extrusion at different temperatures. Please do note that 230 &...
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Can closed loop steppers be used for extruders?

Closed loop steppers like S42B are becoming popular for the spatial axes because compensating for skipped steps is the correct way to recover for those axes. For example, if the nozzle knocks into a ...
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Is Creality Ender 3 V2 Supposed To Come With Board V 4.2.2?

Yes, they are shipping the v2 with the 4.2.2 board. My understanding is that the 4.2.7 board has a change in the stepper driver pinout but is otherwise the same as 4.2.2. The change in the pinout ...
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Stepper Motors getting extremely hot

I notice that in "configuration_adv.h" for the BIGTREETECH-SKR-mini-E3, which uses TMC2209 drivers, the similar section has: ...
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Weird Movement and not homing

As far as I can see on the attached videos your homing movement is reversed. as per Marlin, the homing for X shall move towards the left side and for Y to the back of the printer. That could occur ...
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Different lengths of filament is extruded with different temperatures

So I feel that I solved the problem thanks to a few sources. Thanks to 0scar for his quick response and help. The problem was two fold. Mechanical problem causing blockage and slicer setting causing ...
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Extruder Clicking without Extrusion Problems

If an extra few degrees of heating the hot end does not work, you could try to increase the amount of Ampere through the steppers. Increasing the current will increase the torque of the stepper. The ...
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Extruder Clicking without Extrusion Problems

Even though you may have acceptable extrusion, any clicking from that area of your printer is likely to be a missed step on the extruder motor. This may be insignificant with respect to print quality, ...
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DQ542MA Blown Fuse

Part Analysis Let's see what we have: The fuse in the driver is set to keep up the loads that the driver can safely handle. The NEMA 17 results in a blown out fuse Conclusion The problem lies not ...
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DQ542MA Blown Fuse

If the fuse blows - there is a reason for that, so changing it for a higher rating without understanding the source of the problem is: Asking for fire!!! Every stepper has its own internal ...
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How should I power these stepper motors

If the motors are in parallel, then setting it at 0.4V means each motor will only get a quarter of the current a single motor would get at 0.8V. If you set it to 0.8V each motor will get half. I think ...
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Ultimaker original X-axis not moving - possible electronics problem

I'm not sure I know exactly what is wrong or what steps you've taken so far, but it seems like your extruder motor is broken and you've narrowed the problem down to electronics. If so, replacing the ...
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Oversized pieces

You have to know: distance between belt teeth (usually 2mm) number of teeth on pulley motor step angle 1.8 deg? microstepping count, probably 16? Then you can enter all these numbers info the ...
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Pololu - connect motor supply ground and logic supply ground

That depends on how much noise you have on your motor power supply ground. You definitely want the 100 µF capacitor to have a good high frequency response. Motors turning on and off can be ...
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Pololu - connect motor supply ground and logic supply ground

(This is more of an electronics.stackexchange.com question btw). It is not only ok, it is absolutely necessary. The systems won't operate correctly unless all the gnds are tied together. Since this ...
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Why do different drivers change the noise of steppers?

The coils in the stepper act like speakers. Its not that the stepper is making less noise, it's just making it in frequencies that are above the average person's hearing.
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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?

The driver has a potentiometer to change the voltage that is giving to the motors. [...] As one person answered me in another question, I would need 3.2 V to make the motor work well (2. Ω * 1.3 A = 3....
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Will RAMPS able to control 4 stepper motors

There is no problem with using 4 motors instead of 5. The 5th slot is provided to enable use of a second extruders, but many people only have a single extruder printer and leave the 5th slot unused. ...
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Will RAMPS able to control 4 stepper motors

RAMPS capabilities To be more speficic: RAMPS board (versions 1.3 - 1.6) offer possibility to connect 5 stepper motor drivers (on the board marked X, Y, Z, E0, E1) and 6 stepper motors, because the Z ...
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How to tell if I have TMC2208 or A4988 Drivers on Creality Silent V4.2.3 Board?

According to 'The-EG' comment in this GitHub issue, Add Creality Ender 2 Pro config #633, you can often determine the stepper drivers by one of a few ways: Listen to the sound. The 'TMC22**' will ...
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