The Type A Series 1 features a completly Open Source electronics system. It consists of an Arduino Mega, RAMPS 1.4 (RepRap Arduino MEGA Pololau Shield), and Pololu stepper driver chips. The Arduino is the ‘brain’ of the printer. It interfaces with your computer to load control instructions onto the printer and drive it. The RAMPS serves as the motor control and power distribution system for the Arduino. It helps transfer power and command code from the Arduino to the motor drivers. The RAMPS also serves as the connection point for most of the wiring in the machine. This is where the sensors and heaters in the Tool Head and the fans connect. The last section of electronics is the motor drivers. There are 4 motor drivers per machine, one each to drive the X, Y, Z and Extruder motors. These little chips take instructions from the Arduino and power from the RAMPS to directly control the motors. They send and hundreds of commands per second! The electronics compartment is cooled by a fan to keep things from overheating.
Articles in this section
- Can I Modify the 2013 Series 1 to a Laser Cuter?
- Loading Filament into the Series 1
- Putting on and Removing the Build Surface on Your Series 1
- Powering on The 2013 Series 1
- Anatomy of the 2013 Series 1
- Do I have to install a driver?
- What software workflow does the 2013 Series 1 Use?
- Is there a dual-extruder option for 2013 Series 1?
- What's the Biggest Thing You've Ever Printed on the 2013 Series 1?
- How large is the Print Volume on a 2013 Series 1?