June 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm #62045
Okay, I get it. I understand it might seem easier to stick with a single “ecosystem” if you will, but the first attempt at a different function a lot of complicated work goes into swapping functions (gcode, firmware, settings).
My side of it is, it is too narrowed focused. This is only 1 board we are talking about (very outdated, and quality that is dropping rapidly) and you have to adjust all the settings and can only use this specific software with it and you have to be tethered to a computer.
The way we currently do it it works with every board to date, no matter the actual firmware that is on it, or what program generates the Gcode (fusion, estlcam, inkscape, hand coded, aspire). For the control side you can use software (any), or an LCD (any, non tethered), even a pi for cell phone control. Extremely universal for broad appeal and a uniform experience across all uses, 3d printing, milling, laser, plasma cutting, drag knife, wood burner. Swapping functions takes no added steps.August 18, 2018 at 11:34 am #66798
is EstlCam working with Marlin Ramps 1.4? i programed the estlcam to arduino mega and i get a message that says controller is active but it wont move any of the axis ?August 18, 2018 at 11:41 am #66800
Estlcam’s gcode works perfectly. Estlcam’s ramps control is no longer supported.August 18, 2018 at 11:51 am #66802
Damn that was fast! no wonder it wont move well guess i have to unistall it now and start messing with Octopi to control it .August 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm #66803
Or repetier, or an LCD. Lots of ways to do this.August 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm #66807
But you will want to reflash back to stock before you use any of the other methods…
1 user thanked author for this post.November 21, 2018 at 5:33 am #76386
Is there any sign of using a 4th axis?December 8, 2018 at 12:40 pm #78536
where can i download a copy of Estlcam 9.016 as i have a arduino mega 2560 ramps 1.4 cnc and no mater what i do i cannot get power to the steppers so i thought this might be worth a try as this is becoming very expensive can you please helpDecember 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm #78543
Repetier and Marlin don’t work?
I have zero access to old versions of Estlcam.December 8, 2018 at 1:49 pm #78554
If you really need an old version look here.
https://www.estlcam.de/changelog.php Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of the page. Keep in mind, estlcam firmware on arduino/ramps combo is no longer supported.December 8, 2018 at 10:05 pm #78620
Thank you i will try that i live in New Zealand and every one i talk to about this fob me off i don’t know any thing about this sort of thing but i wonted a c-n-c machine to help me cut things out its now all built but i carn’t get motors to move so any info would be great thank you againDecember 8, 2018 at 11:36 pm #78631
160kHz on each axis
That’s really cool, but honestly i don’t understand is it useful for cnc. Does cnc need to use so high feedrates as 3d printer?December 9, 2018 at 4:06 pm #78764
Carl, we could help a lot more if you used the Marlin firmware and started a new thread explaining your problem. I’d bet your problem isn’t firmware related and you spend a long time going down rat holes…January 20, 2019 at 5:39 am #84621
I know Christian stopped the Arduino support , but Will it come back? V10 works for the most for me but 11 is FUBAR for me, it wont take the same settings and run correctly which I do not understand.January 20, 2019 at 6:45 am #84627
Christian stopped the support for the Ramps expansion board, but not the Mega 2560 board.
That should still work with independent drivers.January 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm #86458January 29, 2019 at 5:15 pm #86487
That should determine the amount of microstepping.January 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm #86517
Yep I that helps me Remember Now Been a wile since I worked on the Machine giving it complete Overhaul did the Burly Upgrade I am about to throw in the towl with ESTLCAM I have tried 3 different Uno’s 2 Different Shields with 1 Motor only hooked to the Shield Directly and Cant get any Movement I have Been at this for Hours in the Freezing ColdJanuary 29, 2019 at 10:29 pm #86549
How about connecting the power supply directly to the expansion board, instead of relying on the feed through the UNO board. Mine works, actually its never not worked if supplied direct, though never tried it from the UNO.January 29, 2019 at 11:38 pm #86555
How about connecting the power supply directly to the expansion board, instead of relying on the feed through the UNO board. Mine works, actually its never not worked if supplied direct, though never tried it from the UNO.
Thats A Great Idea, It Seems Lie a Power Issue.
Even If I hook New Stepper hooked to nothing Bunt the CNC Shield I get Nothing no Stepper Movement and after Going thru trying 3 different UNO Boards and 2 Shields It Was getting to Definition of Insanity Especially at like 31 Degrees in all Glass Green House Thats About Imposable to Heat 🙁 Will Update you Tomorrow When the Suns Heating up the Green House 🙂 I have Dedicated PC to run it some of the Trochoidal Milling seems to Bring Marlin to its knees running of SD Card and I love Using the Touch Plate but My Laser Software seems to Run Better off the SD..
Thanks for the Suggestion
MarvinJanuary 30, 2019 at 2:02 am #86556
I recall the volt regulator on the UNO board steps the power down to 5 volts, to allow the UNO to run independent from the usb cable. I do not think it powers the drivers on the shield.
Its summer here!January 31, 2019 at 11:28 am #86733
Yeah, you have that 12-36V connector on the shield with no power to it. That’s the power that drives the motors.February 10, 2019 at 2:37 am #88446
Lloyd Down underParticipant
thanks for your help in the past months, for my laser, works great. but my original request, still has not been answered.
Ok Guys have many questions as old farts have, first is; GRBL vs MARLIN, or other??
have Marlin on the CNC and Grbl on Laser and 3d Printer. and which is compatible with Estlcam? next Q tomorrow. am trying Estlcam, like the simplicity of it.
LloydFebruary 10, 2019 at 3:37 am #88448
Not a simple answer. Both GRBL and Marlin work and work great. It depends on what you’re comfortable with and how many of the unique features one has vs. the other that you use (or want to use). You’ll have to do some research to figure those aspects out. I can refer you to http://www.marlinfw.org for Marlin (that’s what I use), but I have no experience with GRBL. Estlcam (the CAM software) can install Estlcam (the firmware), which IIRC won’t work on an arduino/Ramps setup but will work on an Uno/CNC shield. Again, I’ve got no experience with anything beyond Marlin. There are also other options about which I know less than nothing.
Estlcam (the CAM software) can produce gcode which is compatible for Marlin or GRBL, just select the desired output type in Setup/CNC Programs. I can recommend Estlcam because it is very straightforward to use and that’s what I use for my CAM.
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