Lowrider Firmware vs MPCNC?

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  • #93217

    Greg
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    Hi, I see there is another firmware thread but I’m trying not to hijack it..

    I am having a go at putting dual Y endstops on my lowrider and it’s working really well.

    However, I started from the MPCNC Rambo dual endstop firmware and I notice the Z acceleration seems like way more than my lowrider can handle. If the carriage is all the way over to the side near the motor it skips steps trying to lift it unless I turn down the accel (yes the carriage isn’t binding and falls freely when the steppers release).

    So I’m wondering.. are there differences between the MPCNC firmware on github and what ships with the Lowrider MiniRambo? It’s horribly slow to recompile Marlin 2.0 for some reason so trial and error is taking  a long time.

    Greg

     

    #93253

    BT
    Participant

    For speeding up the compile, check the settings on your anti-virus software.  McAfee bogs my machine down immensely when compiling and I end up having to temporarily turn off the real-time predictive scanning.

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    #93291

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    So I’m wondering.. are there differences between the MPCNC firmware on github and what ships with the Lowrider MiniRambo?

    No, If you bought recently that is the same, it only changes as I update.

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    #93292

    Donald Myers
    Participant

    At this time the series Rambo 1.4 is sold out. Very new to this but excited to get started this may be an ignorant question but wanting to learn. So the Dual Firmware board version has firmware for end stops and can also be used as a series version board also? Sorry in the early stage of researching this subject.

    Will the Rambo 1.4 be available soon. Thanks

    #93297

    Greg
    Participant

    As configured, the mini rambo has one extra stepper driver so you can configure it to run the Z axis or the Y axis separately if you want.   The full rambo has 5 drivers so you can do X, two Ys, and two Z’s if you want although I’m thinking I just need the Y because I can shim the Z to be level with my surface and make some gcode to release the steppers and drop the gantry to the bottom to align the Z steppers.

    I got my firmware to start compiling faster by installing platformIO and using that to build it instead of arduino. That along with a couple other tweaks like setting the build directory to a temp folder on my SSD drive and omitting the folder from virus checking like BT reccomended got my times down from 5 minutes to 15 seconds.

    Still not sure why my Z stepper needs such low acceleration compared to before. Maybe I have a loose wire or something.  At least it will be easier to debug now.

     

    #93309

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Boards are in house but shipping is really far behind so I am adding them in batches everyday as I catch up to try to avoid the  “where the hell is my stuff” emails.

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    #93549

    Greg
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    I did some more fiddling and I am pretty sure the acceleration is set incorrectly for the low rider in the firmware… it’s the same as the other axes and should be much lower like 25.   Most people don’t have a problem because the firmware was modified to reduce the feedrate when jogging with the control panel but if you use something like CNC.js to jog it will use a much faster feedrate, possibly causing problems if all the weight of the carriage is on one screw.  I made a fork here with that change, carried over some of the newer  2.0 bugfix updates, and also changed the pins file for the mini rambo to enable dual Y endstops.  Consider it beta but if anyone wants to play with it: https://github.com/Tailslide/Marlin/tree/Lowrider_MiniRambo_T8_16T_LCD_DualEndstop

     

     

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