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A project log for Cheapest Plastic Electronic Digital Caliper DRO

Those <5$ calipers lack information about internals on the internet. I change that.

Michael SkrepskyMichael Skrepsky 01/14/2017 at 21:010 Comments

I made a schematic and Arduino program for it.

I has its power positioned between Arduino input logic level limits.

It can be kicked on with ON/OFF switch contact broken out by pulling it LOW

The Arduino outputs analog signal 1V = 1mm, inverted MULTIFAIL signal if the filament is out of specification (editable in program), and fake encoder signal to simulate jamming. I can install real encoder in the future.

Now i need to hack Marlin on GT2560 board and insert one of my signals to pause the printer if filament runs out or falls out of diameter specification. I will position it like if spool jams, the caliper opens and pauses the print.

Final look:

Underside:

Serial out:

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