This page provides in depth consideration for choosing stepper motors. The Duet boards use bipolar stepper motor drivers. This means you can use stepper motors suitable for bipolar drive, which have 4, 6 or 8 wires. You cannot use motors with 5 wires, because those are intended to be driven in unipolar mode only. Some unipolar motors can be made into bipolar motors by cutting a trace on a circuit board.

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Simplest to connect are 4-wire motors. Inside the stepper motor are two coils, each coil having a wire connected to each end. The wire and coil pairs are called a phase.

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The 4 wires map to the 4 output pins of each stepper driver on the Duet see below for identifying phases and connecting. With 6-wire stepper motors, there are still 2 coils, but each coil has a centre tap, effectively cutting the coil in half if needed. This creates an extra wire for each coil. You can choose to run them in half-coil, by leaving two end-wires unconnected, or full coil mode by leaving the centre wires unconnected.

See the motor specification to check that your Duet can supply enough current for how you want to wire them. You can run an 8-wire stepper in half-coil with only 2 coils connected or full-coil mode, and in full-coil mode you can choose to wire the coils in series or in parallel.

There's plenty of other documentation around the internet on how to do this, just make sure that the Duet can cope with the current requirement. Ultimately, we still need only 4 wires to connect to the Duet. This is the maximum current you may pass through both windings at the same time. The maximum current through one winding which is what really matters when using microstepping is rarely quoted and will be a little higher.

However, even with one winding driven at the quoted rated current, the motor will get very hot. This gives:.They are therefore continuing measures to minimize their possible exposure to the virus. We are maintaining normal supplies of Duet3D products to our Genuine Resellers, so please place your orders with them.

It has the same features as the Duet 2 Ethernet other than providing WiFi connectivity rather than ethernet. The Duet 2 Wifi can have Thermistors connected directly, alternatively we have two different temperature sensing daughterboards available:.

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Features Order Documentation Forum. Register Login Your shopping cart is empty! Description Duet 2 Wifi. Super quiet TMC stepper drivers, up to microstepping. Dual extruders on the main board, up to 5 more extruders on the expansion board.The time has come to setup BLTouch on my system. I do however try to explain my reasoning and how you can use it to customize your own setup. Please let me know if you have comments or inputs. They have added a BLTouch section now though, which helps a lot.

Thumbs up! The Probe Connector is the one to the right in the photo. Placed next to the LCD connector to the left of it.

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More on this later. My version of the BLTouch is an old Classic version. The BLTouch is as default configuring using 5v logic. It means we have to make sure we set it up to run as 3. If you have a new version of BLTouch with serial number, you just need to cut the solder away between 2 solder pads, as shown here:. If you do not own a Duex expansions port and instead use the pins on the Duet Wifi, you connect as shown on this diagram:. You can use a different Heater-pinjust make the necessary adjustment in your configurations.

They are also using different colors than my BLTouch, so be sure to check on your own model! I picked the last available, in case I later wanted to actually use Heater 3 as a heater.

The above diagram is a small part I made out of the full diagram. As shown in the warning in the above diagram, the PWM channels are shared with the heatersso we need to disable the relevant heater. Setting them to -1 means they are disabled. Note: change H7 to whatever heater you need to disable according to how you choose to wire it up. RepRapFirmware 1. Now we need to configure the position of our Servo Pin, which we do using the M Gcode command.

In order to do so, we put the following into our deployprobe. If you do not have this file, you just hit New File in the System Editor where all the other config files are located and create it. You can read more and also see a table of most of the expansion pins.

When dealing with BLTouch the engaged position is at angle When dealing with BLTouch the retracted position is at angle P5 from RepRapFirmware 1. It all means that we insert the follow line for our new Z-Probe, defining the Type and usage settings.

Used for z only. Next we need to setup how the Probe behaves, using the G31 command.The money was just one concern. A rather big issue was how the RepRapFirmware at the time did not support this form for autolevel and there was no date for when it might be available. I started out driving both from the same Z-driver but installed a limit-switch at each motor, which would be at Z-max, and planned how to trigger them using identical screws on both sides, mounted down through a threadded m3 hole in the Z-gantry for just this purpose.

The screws can of course be turned some, if fineadjustment is needed. You might ask if this is autolevel by now, as it looks completely different than what you are used to see with a probe or sensor or similar. We normally see some sort of sensor near the hotend, which probes places around the bed and then compensate according to how uneven the printbed is. This sort of automation is more correctly called autocompensation as it can compensate for various erros, most often just for a non-flat printbed though.

The compensation for non-flat surface is achieved by compensating for these errors by gradually, over the first xx layers flattening out the area on which it is printing. Ie, some areas are printed with a thicker layer than on others.

After xx layers it can start printing normally. There are more to this, and different methods to compensate for non-square frame and axes etc, but this is beyond this blog-post.

Autolevel on the other hand is when one or more sensors determine the posistion of the printbed and by using 2 or more motors makes it completely level compared to the XY axes.

Currently only Repetier firmware is making use of the M gcodes. In my optics, yes! Any machine using more than 1 z-screw should have this implemented.

Problem with multiple independent z-motors, yes, and even multiple axes driven by a single belt, is that one or more of the axes might get turned a bit. It can happen if you accidentially push on the plate or turn the screw, if you happens to move the z faster than it likes and one motor or screw skips a step or belt etc. This is accomplished by using the M to define virtual axes. To make this all work, we need to tell the controller how we have conencted our physical connectors:.

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Next step is to configure our machine to use 2 drivers instead of just 1 and to add the new U drive to our Drives configurations. Last item in our config. Contrary to above, we do not define a second Z here As we only have 1 z endstopbut instead just add the U endstop. Just use the explanations for the Configure Drivers and Endstop Setup just above here. This is a party true autolevel.

It autolevel one of the axes physically. You can still do autocompensation by proving various points and get a height map. Z1 call it will try to home first before Z2 Uand by doing so skews the bed and binds the motor. So much so that I have to restart the board. You need to home the combined Z to max first.

Then go back like 2mm not more than your Z-gantry can twist. Then split the axis into seperate drivers virtual axis and home them one at a time. Then combine them into the combined Z. Thanks for this comprehensive tutorial.With the cheapie shipped board they moved together but know the duet runs them in series would this cause that?

Probably a very stupid question but done very little research on the difference Reply Quote. So far as I know there should be no difference at all in the motor behavior when they are wired in series versus parallel. The Duet is wired serial, but the same pulses should reach both motors. Are you running your Duet on 12V? It may be having some trouble getting enough voltage for 2 motors in series. Solution 1: re-wire the motors in parallel, and increase the Duet's output current.

Solution 2: use the E1 driver as a second Z axis motor driver. This is actually kind of cool, as it allows you to adjust the motor leveling in software. I'm doing this. Solution 3: upgrade your PSU to 24V. Thanks, certainly didn't look or sound healthy but wanted to double check. I am running in 12v 24v on the listit is an uprated power supply though and only 0. Reply Quote. Don't double the current, that's the advantage to the serial wiring, is that the same current goes to both motors.

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That's also the problem with serial wiring. The load resistance gets doubled, so 12V might not provide enough push to get both motors moving.

Parallel wiring halves the resistance, but requires double the current. This is why it would probably work well as a solution. As I said, I'm using the E1 driver to drive the second Z motor. They move in unison Except right after a certain probe move where they can adjust independently to auto-level the X gantry to the print bed. It works nicely, and could be a good solution for you, even if you don't use the auto-level function. This is what is happening To use the E1 motor as a second Z: Reinstall the jumpers on the second Z motor output, and plug the second Z motor into the E1 position.

In your config. Nothing else should need changing. Note that the X coordinates for the leadscrews has a negative value for the right side lead screw, this is okay, it's used so that the firmware knows how far apart the leadscrews are. This tells the firmware that the screws are atI run it 3 times or so when I take the leadscrews or carriage out. Probably a good idea to run it once per time that you power down. Running independant leadscrews like this, the motors will want to stop on a full step, which might get them out of sync.

So far, I've been tweaking the hardware on my printer a lot, so it gets run more often than I hope it will eventually need.

This will draw more current from your power supply to power 2 Z motors, but that shouldn't be a problem.They are therefore continuing measures to minimize their possible exposure to the virus.

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We are maintaining normal supplies of Duet3D products to our Genuine Resellers, so please place your orders with them. Features Order Documentation Forum. Register Login Your shopping cart is empty! Advanced 3D Printing Electronics. Fast, quiet, high quality prints. Current and microsteps can both be changed on the fly for optimum speed and power efficiency.

These can be run from either the input voltage, from 5V, or from external power for added flexibility. High Power rating Each stepper driver is capable of 2. The bed heater channel is specifically designed for high currents of up to 18A.

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Network connectivity. Flexible Connect via PC, tablet or smartphone on the same network: there is no need for an app install or internet connectivity. Also connect via USB or serial if desired. Cable-free control Use your printer in any room covered by your WiFi or Ethernet network. No need to be tethered by USB cabling any more. Security Wifi has WPA-2 encryption for network security, with further security changes coming soon. A pleasure to use. Easy and convenient Connect directly to your printer from any modern web browser.

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G-code everywhere All settings are done through G-code, giving maximum control flexibility. Write your own macros for homing, pause, resume and much more. Firmware support for mixing nozzles, multiple Z motor bed levelling and remapping axes to use high power external drivers.The comments in the Marlin code suggest this is possible. Any advice on how to get this working appreciated. Not easy. Are you using one of the bed leveling systems? If yes then I expect that you have a Z probe and it's working properly.

When setting the endstop sensors I personally like to use the M43 E1 command. This will monitor all the defined endstops and report changes. It'll also toggle the system LED when one changes. That way you're not constantly running to the monitor to see if the endstop is at the correct position.

I almost forgot. I forgot that Marlin defaults to endstops only on for homing. Makes my concern for setting the Z min sensors go away. For now, adding the following to Conditionals. It's a hack based on an incomplete understanding though, so input still appreciated. I did eventually get this working. Video below. Diffs to stock firmware are in the video comments. I agree, great work. I would really like to see this followed up by using BL-Touch for fine tuning I ended up making a guide on doing this.

Thanks again marvinmartian for getting this started. I think this is a great idea. Great write up! I have yet to get my FT-5, but the order is in, and I am thinking about doing this. It is not clear what everyone is doing without this capability to manage one Z lead screw accidental movement compared to the other.

I suppose if you have auto bed leveling that will compensate to a degree.

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To me it would seem the two are complementary. I plan on using Soothieware, so there will be some investigation needed. I know there is the ability to have any number of endstops defined, but haven't fully threaded that needle.

I do not have immediate planes to add a second extruder, but I do have hopes. I will have to investigate adding an additional stepper controller to the hardware as this feature will be using the second extruder controller.

I am looking forward to dual z end stops so i don't have to do it manually and guestimate it before turn the thing on every time. I upgraded my controller board to duet wifi so config will be a bit different for me but all i have read indicates this is a great upgrade! Run the bed all the way to the bottom till the steppers bypass a little. That is a quick dirty way to even them out. I agree dual endstops for sure.

Thanks PcS will have to give that a try as soon as i wrap up a few other mods, i hope to have printer back online today. FWIW, there is another way to accomplish the same goal.

I ran a long continuous belt and a set of four idler pulleys on my z-axis to permanently synchronize the two motors and lead screws.