This control panel allows you to print and control your RepRap 3D printer without needing an attached computer. It also allows you to easily change configuration settings on the fly. This lets you adjust print speed, temperature, etc in the middle of a print without stopping. It makes fine tuning bridge settings a piece of cake. Another great benefit is you can start the print from your computer (using the SDprint function available in Pronterface) and even if your computer crashes the print will continue. The overall design is based very heavily on on thing 15081.
The display is a blue backlit 20×4 LCD. The menu is navigated using a click encoder; simply spin it to scroll through the menu and click it to select. The panel also includes an SD card slot so you can add as much storage as you need. A 4GB SD card is included with each board.
Things that can be controlled from the panel include; print speed (from 10 to 999%), extruder and heated bed temperatures, preheat and cool down modes for PLA and ABS, manual axis movements, print from SD card, and much, much more.
This has been designed to interface with an Arduino connected to a RAMPS 1.4 board running the Marlin firmware. The firmware must be properly configured to work with this board, which isn’t difficult, but to make it even easier I have made available a pre-configured download of the latest firmware, Marlin 1.0 Final. Simply click the link below.
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