3D printer woes..

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Nov 192020
 

My bed was giving me problems. For ABS you need a bed temperature of at least 100 C. 110 is better. In the original design, all electronics are in the base of the printer, but with a 110 degree bed things were getting too comfy. That resulted in random interruptions of the print, even with added fans in the bottom Since I ran out of PLA and ASA filaments, and only had ABS left, I decided to fix the problem properly. So I stripped everything and rebuild the whole thing. It was only a weeks work, but I am pretty confident things are working better now.

Because I rebuild the bed, it also meant doing all the lovely calibrations from scratch. Anyways, we are back to printing, and at this moment the blinking lights are blinking as they should.

So now I can print a few brackets and bits to finalize the upgrade. Another job done, and hopefully lots of happy ABS parts to come.

Still need to add the camera again, and some interior lights, and a door to keep all the precious heat inside the box, but we’re getting there!

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Playing with electronics again.

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Nov 122020
 

Nothing serious, trying to catch up on some loose ends. One of the fun things I tested today was seeing how low my input voltage can go before the output (5 Volt) collapses.

The background to this is that initially when building Jeti sensors, I used step-down converters to allow the use of 2S battery systems. Some were failing very quickly, and often suffered from brownouts. Therefore I searched for a better solution. Buck-boost converter technology is old hat, just finding suitable ones in a small package was the challenge. I’ve been using these for a while now, with no problems.

In this test I wanted to see how low I could go with the input. As expected, the receiver works to about 3.4Volts, then it complains. The buck-boost converter keeps producing 5 Volt for the sensors, so they are happy.

It’s nice to see that the input range for my Jeti sensors is from 3.4 to 8.4 Volts.

(I should also try if they can handle a DLG. Even 2 if needed. That’s another project.)

buck-boost converter is the red thingy.
need to calibrate the voltages, but it gives you the general idea.

The voltage measured by the Receiver is slightly off, it’s really 3.4 Volts, the measurements for the other inputs are not calibrated yet. I used 10% resistors, so not exactly precision stuff. Will work that out later. This was more about seeing if I kept the 5 volts going. And it does. At least I have a picture to show that now.

 Posted by at 7:51 pm