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Started by NicolaFornasa, Wednesday,January 15, 2020, 07:35:29
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Quote from: shawdreamer on Thursday,January 16, 2020, 19:02:44 aslong as the fundamental physicals of the machine are closely related to the most common counterparts (eg this motor moves that, that motor moves this etc) then swapping out to an entirely different control board isnt really an issue atall.from the limited info I could quickly gather on your specific printer I can deduce its very likely to run on something as simple as a Ramps setups and all the way up to a duet (depending what your after performance wise)Please dont take this as gospel but again from the limited info available your printer could run on a version of stock Prusa firmware aslong as the hardware is wired correctly for purpose.that all said Im gonna stop now as Ive consumed a notable amount of alcohol in the last two-three hours (and thoroughly intend to maintain the level of intake) and therefore my advice my become incoherent, somewhat vague, outright gibberish or offensively amusing depending on you disposition ps..... thank god for spellcheck
Quote from: Gaza07 on Friday,January 17, 2020, 03:48:36 I didnt use a web site for my board changes as shawdreamer says it quite basic you connect the heater to heater connector and z drive to the z drive connection on the new board and so on, which may involve changing the type of connector used,You possibly could go down the route of just flashing a new firmware to the board if it uses the standard ramps connection pins, but the board in your printer may be some proprietary version that doesnt use the standard layout which would make it more difficult but not impossible, but this would involve editing the firmware to suit your board if you could get the pin assignment details, It also helps to be a little crazy
Quote from: shawdreamer on Friday,January 17, 2020, 18:31:21 At first glance I thought that was a stock Meltzi board myself but the closer I looked the more the component variance and connection placements make that assumption unlikely, that means that it very likely to be a proprietary control board specifically designed for that machine and the chances of there being other firmware easily available for it are unfortunately slim.that would suggest that if you really want to change it out you have only two options, direct replacement (guaranteed to be expensive with proprietary gear) or a more open source control board with easily acquired varying firmware (eg: the aforementioned Ramps/Duet options)however even if you choose the second option your gonna have some issues with connecting hardware as just by looking at that picture I can see the board connections use mini JST type connectors that are notably different than ones found on aftermarket boards, meaning you'll also need to swap them out.In addition to that the likelyhood that the machines existing control interface (whether touchscreen or otherwise) being compatible without modification with any aftermarket board is also unlikely.I suppose In answer to your original question then yes its probably possible to just change the control board to convert it to a more flexible firmware/software.Is it viable to do so....Id have to say no, seems like to much faffing about and possible expense/stress.my ultimate advise....swap the entire control system out (mainboard, interface, connectors etc) for a more mainstream open source setup and be done with it entirely.
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