Me, I'm still waiting for a print bed part to arrive. I noticed at the beginning of the week when I started assembling the SumPod MDF parts that something was missing. I'll proceed with the mechanical build when the missing part arrives - it should have turned up two days ago checking with Richard. Richard isn't the only one suffering from delays - hurry up Royal Mail! Rather than sit on my hands or write more of my thesis (God I hate thesis writing and this blog provides some light relief), I soldered up a few more bits of the SumPod and coaxed a few of the stepper motors into life. The following short video shows my progress.
It may not seem much, but to me it's significant, the equivalent of getting a LED to flash at the right frequency on a newly designed board. It proves the software toolchain and hardware are working. For the SumPod it means I've correctly soldered the RAMPS board; downloaded the complete Sprinter firmware from GitHub, modified it to work with the RAMPS hardware and uploaded it to the Arduino Mega 1280 board; soldered up the steppers correctly and got ReplicatorG working. Phew!
The following steps describe how you could replicate this experiment to check your software and hardware setup:
Stepper motors connections are as follows (taken from here)
Zapp Automation / SY42STH47-1684B
Stepper motor datasheet
I used some of the leftover socket headers from the RAMPS build, soldered to the stepper motor leads to connect to the RAMPS board. I'll post later the updates I've made to the RAMPS board.
Plug the Arduino board to a computer using the supplied USB cable. Now for the software.
- Download the Arduino software
- Download the Sprinter firmware I've selected this because it has built in support for printing from an SD card.
- Extract the Sprinter firmware into the hardware folder of the Arduino software directory.
- Open the Sprinter.pde file using the Arduino IDE and edit configuration.h for the correct board #define MOTHERBOARD 33
- Now edit the pins.h firmware file, changing the X_MIN_PIN, Y_MIN_PIN, Z_MIN_PIN to -1 (to disable them otherwise your steppers will only go in one direction during your test) in the MOTHERBOARD == 33 section.
- Click verify in the Arduino IDE to recompile the firmware. You shouldn't get any errors and the updated firmware can be uploaded ready for the next stage.
- Download ReplicatorG
- Run the ReplicatorG and connect to the board. Select the correct serial port and Klimetkip (115200 baud) Drive under the main Machine menu.
- Now click the Control Panel button after connecting and you should be able to replicate the little stepper motor dance from the video.
SumPod Guinea Pig signing off