Automatic bed leveling helps improve first layer height above bed. That is very useful, because if the first layer does not stick, the rest of the print does not matter. It also lowers the bar for first times to get started, and it saves a bunch of time for old-timers that have moved their printer.
Redeem is quickly becoming the standard in 3D printer firmwares with self documenting G-codes and pre-processing path planner. Up until recently, two fairly standard features have had somewhat sub-par performance: PID auto-tune and automatic bed calibration. A recent poll on the Thing-printer G+ page revealed that these two things were on the top of list
Increased reliability with a filament sensor One of the most annoying things that can happen when printing with 3D-printers is running out of filament or a filament jam. Both are almost unavoidable. There is no infinite filament (yet) and even the best filament manufacturers some times end up with foreign objects in their plastic batches.
Finally a video that is specific to getting started with Replicape Rev B using the Kamikaze eMMC flasher! There is a new Kamikaze image out that addresses some of the issues that have become apparent after people started to get their capes. To name a few: If I access my printer on IP whatever, the
I've finally gotten around to testing the Reach A0 add-on board for Replicape A4A. This is a board that adds three more extruders to the two extruders that come with Replicape, for a total of five extruders. Any axis can also be configured in slave mode, in case you have multiple steppers pr. axis. The
Over the weekend, I've been working on some quite important features: Safety! The most important being disabling the heaters if anything goes wrong with the thermistor readings. It's boring, but it's necessary. Safety features does nothing to improve the print quality, but it might prevent your house from burning down. It's still necessary to
Most of the Replicapes from the Kickstarter has now been delivered, and people are starting to try it out and getting into configuration. Great, but not for everyone! A lot of people seem to be having trouble with the end stop configuration, so I made a video explaining how it works. It really not that difficult
Redeem, the Replicape Daemon, is the "firmware" that accepts g-codes and makes the 3D-printer move. What is special about this firmware is that it is mostly written in a high level language. Python is not the fastest language around, but offers a large array of libraries optimized in C, garbage collection, favours readability and has
For BeagleBone Black the cape manager has been missing or somewhat broken since 3-odd-8 or something, but with Linux kernel 4.1, it's back in business (a part of mainline kernel)! That means you no longer have to recompile the whole device tree in order to enable or disable an IP core slash peripheral, instead you
Kamikaze is a Debian-based eMMC flasher image for BeagleBone Black. It is a complete solution for Replicape and Manga-Screen aiming to contain all software needed to slice a model and print it without installing any additional software. And it has now been updated! The latest image has an updated Octoprint 1.2 which now has CuraEngine