05/17/2016 at 21:45 •
Further disassembly yielded a few interesting insights about the hardware.
The three stepper motors for X Y and Z axes are all within the range of the smoothieboard's output. 24V, 1.5A. The only challenge is that these motors are bipolar without center taps, so a little homework must be done to figure out which fields are coupled. This can be accomplished with a low voltage AC source, and probing the remaining field pairs looking for coupled AC voltage. With this information, we can correctly wire the stepper motor in bipolar series orientation.
The two motors for the extruder heads, however, are 8 wire servomotors. This presents a challenge with the smoothieboard, probably requiring a piece of hardware inserted before the stepper driver to take step and direction signal and convert that to the correct servo signal. If anyone has any suggestions as how to do this, I'm all ears.
05/12/2016 at 00:10 •
Protip - don't use Notepad ++ to edit the config file. CRLF is not LF.
everything else works pretty nicely, interfacing to the Smoothieboard using Pronterface and ReplicatorG. G code created here
04/23/2016 at 06:17 •
Sexy upskirt photos of disassembly
Outer housing off
Blurry shot of the inside w/ 3 pcbs removed
laid out on the table, next to the smoothieboard (on the right)
Front panel, begging to be replaced
Back end of the extruder and thermocouples
X axis stepper
Front side of extruder / print base
everything that came out of the case
Blower motor inside case
Other blower motors
All laid out