Archim Board should be labeled as BETA?

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  • #114204

    Tealfixie
    Participant

    Just need to vent a little. But as someone who paid a little bit extra for the recommended Archim board on promises of “the improved design and robust safety features.” I have to say that from this very early stand point, I am left a little bit disappointed. I understand that much of my frustrations are around the firmware, but since firmware and boards are so closely linked in this case, I’ll just treat them as interchangable.

    Now let me be clear. Using Ryan’s Archim Dual firmware seems to get the very basics done. That is, that the machine moves according to GCODE, and the endstops work. And functionally, it is a capable CNC machine.

    As my use and experience progresses, I do, however want to explore areas that might improve or enhance my hobby experience. Half the fun is tinkering and just getting it to work (at least for me). Yet, I find myself getting to areas over my head when it comes to firmware and compiling. I’m finding more and more that perhaps getting the RAMPS board should have been the way to go since it is likely a much more mature branch of Marlin.

    Just some of my current frustrations with the Archim Firmware

    • I can’t implement this marlin bugfix to enable G54 for the Archim board
    • #define HOST_ACTION_COMMANDS is not available in current working firmware. (This one is specific to the desire to integrate CNCjs to my workflow, currently, it does not appear that the two are in full communication with each other. It isn’t working for me in a headless configuration.)
    • There’s much more goodies on thingiverse for a Ramps/Rambo board.
    • Hmm, seems like I can’t use ESTL cam controller with this board

    I’m sure that in time, a bunch of the quirks on this board will be figured out and released for people like me to update and get up to par with the other boards, but that’s not really a great benefit of having paid the extra cash.

    #114205

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I understand your frustrations. I will put a note in the Archim purchase page to make this more clear but it is why I do not offer an Archim package. I do have a beta warning but it must not be on the product page, yet. Apologies, I will offer you a swap and refund for the difference if you are not satisfied.

    They should be at a level well above the current available marlin 1.9. Since we are using Beta/bugfix Marlin 2.0 they make changes rapidly and some things that work don’t work a few days later. There was a massive issue because of one single value got changed. A pull request was made and I believe have been pulled. I have my github in the process of updating but some drama threw a wrench in my firmware free time this week.

    If you need that before I update to a newer version. You can try forking and updating my branch.

    #114207

    Tealfixie
    Participant

    Thanks for the offer. I really appreciate it. I’ve put in a lot of time into my current config so I don’t think I’ll change anything at this point. (I still have to post my build… )

    This is my first foray into CNC and I might be getting ahead of myself but I think that workspace coordinates is pretty important for what I’m trying to do. It seems like you have some pending changes on github so I’ll be on the lookout for that. Meanwhile, I’ll make some more dust.

    All the best Ryan, and for gods sake, its Sunday, go relax 🙂

    #114208

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I am about to take a bike ride, promise. Waiting for my friend and her pack of wild kids to show up then we ride (or complain and cry, sometimes both)!

    I have never found the use for workspace coordinates. If you happen across a good video link it if you remember. I just either use g92 or offset it in CAM/CAD

    #114222

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    FWIW, Ryan has been on some version of bugfix-2.0 for a long time. It does get broken occasionally. Have they said when it will be stable and making 2.1 the moving target?

    #114371

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I did see something about a release before ERRF, but I have not idea if that was just some bugfix or an actual RC. It was vague.

    #117179

    Tealfixie
    Participant

    Hey Ryan,

    I saw that you posted a release on github the other day for Archim Firmware. https://github.com/Allted/Marlin/releases/tag/402RamboDual

    Any chance this firmware might play nice with some of my issues from the earlier post?

    #117180

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    The archim 1 is not ready yet, Jason made a change so it is closer but no LCD yet.

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