- RigoArevaloParticipantSeptember 13, 2015 at 12:02 pmPost count: 1
I am printing out my parts at the moment and am in the planning stages of my build. I am a little familiar with the RAMPS board since I have a 3D printer, my question is, will other controller boards work aside from the RAMPS board? Such as this board
Or even this board which i was considering for a second 3d printer I was planning to build
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Geeetech-GT2560-ATmega2560-control-board-Ramps-1-4-for-Reprap-Prusa-3D-Printer/121610665161?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140602152332%26meid%3D3aa933b974814c0389129d5cd9e88d07%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D121753274873AnthonyParticipantSeptember 15, 2015 at 6:44 amPost count: 1
As far as I can tell, those are still set up as RAMPS boards, just integrated with aruduino into a single board.RigoArevaloParticipantSeptember 15, 2015 at 6:45 amPost count: 1
Im still new and haven’t been able to do some full research on those other boards, from what I have read they look like they do the same thing I am just not surevicious1KeymasterSeptember 17, 2015 at 5:32 amPost count: 2627
Anthony is right. If you are looking for other boards for some reason all cnc boards will work. Start with the software you want to use and find the board it works best with. If you think ramps is missing something maybe I can clear that up for you, or let us know if you find a diamond in the rough.innkeeperParticipantSeptember 17, 2015 at 7:00 pmPost count: 6
I’m planning to use a Smoothieboard clone called MKS Sbase running smoothieware firmware.
There are some advantages that led me to want to use a smoothieboard, and some advantages to this clone over the standard smoothieboard, certnaly mor ethen I could list here, but here is the short version.
first, smothieboard was designed to work with cnc. Making changes doesn’t require recompiling, they are simply text file changes in a config file. So for hacking around and experimenting its great. also the board has built in sd card adapter, usb and Ethernet (has a web interface and telnet). I plan to ultimately use it though internet to reduce possible interference issues with usb. The clone board I am using uses DRV8825 so it can handle up to 2.5a steppers and 16 or 32 micro steps (jumper changeable). Also I can, and will set it up so I am using a dedicated driver per stepper. it also includes spindle control and rpm loopback option for accurate speed control, which id intend to use if I go to an er11 or something down the road. and there is more.. best to go to the smoothieware sight if your intrigued.
I became aware of smootheboard / smoothiewear when I retrofitted a 3d printer with it, and found how well it worked and how flexable it is..
downside is the actual smoothieboard is about 150 bucks for a 5 driver board, but the clone board I am using can be had for under 100 bucks, I got mine for around 60 bucks. ymmvBrentenParticipantSeptember 28, 2015 at 12:04 amPost count: 6
So it would be possible to use the printboard of an ultimaker Original plus? The fan output of mine didn’t work properly so the company sent me a new one and i didn’t have to sent back the old and ‘broken’ one. everything on it works perfectly except the fan output. But ofcoarse i don’t need that for a cnc machine.vicious1KeymasterSeptember 28, 2015 at 5:57 amPost count: 2627Martin DBParticipantSeptember 1, 2016 at 8:05 amPost count: 10
Hi Innkeeper, how is your experience with mpcnc and the mks sbase smoothieboard clone?
I’m plannig to build a mpcnc (my first cnc machine) and run it with this board.JasonParticipantSeptember 1, 2016 at 8:30 amPost count: 320
Interesting… That MKS sbase looks interesting only for the spindle control and rpm loopback. Integrated drivers do tend to be more reliable as (well better cooling due to larger board for heat dissipation). And simple accurate current setting.
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