Well, tomorrow we leave for world makerfaire in new york. I havnt really posted much lately due to the fact that Ive been working on my new printer because of the printrbot jr’s printrboard (controller board) died. Ive been trying to get ahold of someone at printrbot to see if I can get a replacement, but so far, I havnt been able to get ahold of anyone through support tickets, or through private messages on the forums. I also tried contacting the head of printrbot on twitter because most people have said they had better luck of getting a response back from them on there, but it seemed like he just ignored the question. Maybe Im not sending the messages right or something on there, but it’s always worked with everyone else Ive ever tried it with. It’s waay too much of an expensive part to have to just toss the old one and get a new one when it’s not very old at all. (around 130-140 dollars for the board)

So Im just trying to figure out how to get the printrbot jr up and running again, and hoping I can get ahold of them to see if I can just get a replacement. Ive heard that thier warantee stuff is really good if you need something replaced, but I guess just getting ahold of them is the hardest part.

Ive decided not to go with the printrboard, sanguino, or ramps for my new printer, and instead, go for a gen7 board because of multiple reasons. Mainly, I just wanted to build the whole printer from scratch excluding the motors and maybe hotend, and I wanted to be able to really really customize the firmware and hardware myself for everything.

Ive decided on the gen7 1.4.1 rather than the 1.5 due to the fact that 1.5 has the usb chip built in, and eventually I want to do away with the usb chip entirely and use a level translator to convert the 3v signals to 5v and vise versa for hooking it directly up to the serial port on the raspberry pi, and just build the raspberry pi into the printer itself so it would have an all in one printer that I can just take with me and not have to worry about plugging in a bunch of power cords to get it to run. Just run the 5v from a pc power supply, and that’s all you need.

Like I said before, makerfaire is in two days, and Im already packed and ready to go, and will upload alot of pics from there. I saw that this year, eben upton from raspberry pi foundation will be there also showing off some of thier new hardware, and Im hoping that I’ll be able to get a pic or two with him also. Who knows, maybe Ill be able to show off that little hacked netbook running as a raspberry pi also 😛

Im hoping that the printrbot guys will be up there and see if I can just talk directly to them to get all of this sorted out. It’s been around a week since I sent in the support tickets and still havnt gotten a reply or anything from anyone, so maybe Ill just be able to ask up there. There’s still a good amount of parts needed to be printed out for my prusa, and cant, also I have a few other people wanting stuff printed also, so need to get it up and running asap.

Also, if anyone reads this site and knows the answer to this question, I’ll ask it here:

Ive seen people saying that they get disconnects using the ft232 chips and 3d printers due to the latency, but I also see other people using attiny chips or other usb-ttl converter chips, and I was wondering if the other chips have that issue, or if it’s just ft232 related. I only ask because for testing everything and getting everything set up, I wanted to use a pl2303x based converter that Im planning on making from an old dialup modem that I tore apart ages ago. Always better to repurpose something than toss it if you know you can use it for something. 😛


2 Responses to Update

  1. Karen L says:

    Enjoy the makerfaire. I wish I could hide in your suitcase and go with you guys. Maybe the reason Printerbot has not replied is because they too will be there. That would be a good thing. Be sure to post your pics since I can’t be there. Have fun and be safe.

    • cae2100 says:

      yea, Im hoping that is the reason they havnt responded, and if you really wanted to go, I can pay for your way in 😛 just be here before we leave, which is as soon as they get home from work, which will be around 3-4 probably. Also, I think there’s a site that shows what’s going on in real time up there, just the one guy walking around with a camera, but it doesnt really give justice to what all is really there. I think the site is http://www.makerfaire.com/live

      Ive been going through the printrbot stuff and I see the one guy, he’s at some thing this week in new york, so they arent that far away and that the owner of the company was there, but havnt heard any word on if they’d be there or not. I may hack into thier security camera to see if they’re at the headquarters or not.

      Edit: tried to get into thier camera, but it says it’s offline, so maybe it’s all shut down for the week, or thier camera’s busted.

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