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My third 3D Printer Build. Let's do a CoreXY Model.

Cees MeijerCees Meijer 12/30/2021 at 20:110 Comments

The firmware of choice is Marlin 2.0, the most recent version as of today. After checking the config files and setting everything as I'd expect it to be for this printer it somehow would not compile. Well, it did do the 5 minute compile, but stopped at the linker phase with a 'avr-gcc.exe: The filename or extension is too long' message. Finally found out that I had to upgrade my Arduino IDe to at least version 1.9 to make this work, and so it did.

Next started 'Pronterface' for testing. And immediately found out that X and Y axis are swapped. So I had to set it to 'COREYX'

// Enable one of the options below for CoreXY, CoreXZ, or CoreYZ kinematics,
// either in the usual order or reversed
//define COREXY
//#define COREXZ
//#define COREYZ
#define COREYX

The cheap Dual Drive Extruder seems to work fine, and is found to have 415 steps / mm. Now I first followed these instructions to calibrate :
This procedure led me to believe that I needed 625 steps/mm, but then the first prints were heavily overextruded. So I decided to go for the 415 steps, which should be correct for this type of extruder. And it is. The 625 number probably was caused by setting my extrude speed too high, so the hot end could not cope with that and slowed down the extruder motor, causing it to skip steps.

 * Default Axis Steps Per Unit (steps/mm)
 * Override with M92
 *                                      X, Y, Z [, I [, J [, K]]], E0 [, E1[, E2...]]
#define DEFAULT_AXIS_STEPS_PER_UNIT   { 80, 80, 400, 415 }

Set the temperature sensors. Both the bed and the hot-end have these glass covered thermistors, known as 'Epcos Thermistor, 100K'

#define TEMP_SENSOR_0 1


And enable the Controller board. I used the (super cheap) Ramps LCD controller board.

// RepRapDiscount Smart Controller.
// Note: Usually sold with a white PCB.

This has a SD card slot, but it has to be enabled in MARLIN explicitely.

 * SD Card support is disabled by default. If your controller has an SD slot,
 * you must uncomment the following option or it won't work.