Alternate UART for Sailfish

UART0, otherwise known as the Mightyboard's primary serial port, is connected to the USB hardware and used for communicating with Replicator G. Both RevE and RevG Mightyboards have an unpopulated header that contains for the 2nd serial port, UART1. Normally unused on modern hardware, this second serial port was originally used for the RS485 chain for slave tools.

I wanted to use this UART1 for something useful, so I added some code to Sailfish that allows you to swap the primary UART0 traffic to UART1. This allows you to connect a serial device to UART1, such as a bluetooth serial module, or a network-to-TTL-serial adapter. Bluetooth serial modules should work pretty easily, but with a little coaxing, you can even get ReplicatorG to connect over the network.

Experimental Replacement for FlashAir Web User Interface

This is an experimental replacement for the FlashAir user interface. I use on my v2 card. I'm not if it’ll work with a v1 card, but it should.
This replacement UI for the FlashAir gives you a few more features on the web interface:

  1. Delete files from file list
  2. File upload progress
  3. Verify file size of upload to insure that it matches what’s on the FlashAir. (not a full diff like I do with the python script, due to javascript limitations)
  4. Drag and drop on browser window to upload.

Dropzone for FlashAir Uploads

I recently acquired Dropzone in as part of a discount software bundle. It essentially an enhanced "droplet" app that allows you to take action on files that you drag and drop to an icon.

I liked that it has a scriptable API in Ruby, and thought it might be a nice way to upload .X3G files to the FlashAir card in my Makerbot. The action does the following:

$32 Network Print Server for Makerbot

Information on taking a LPC1768 and turning into a print server for the Makerbot. Use a Toshiba FlashAir to load your X3G file to the SD card, then use this to send the build command and start the print. The Mini-DK2 development board is $32 on eBay, or for $8 more you can have one with an LCD display. An mbed LPC1768 module from mbed.org works as well, but you'll need a carrier board that has ethernet and a USB host port. This is built with the mbed.org toolchain, so you need to own at least one mbed module (LPC1768 of course) in order to access their online compiler and toolchain.

Hi-flex Cable Upgrade for Rep 2/2X X-Axis Harness

Upgrading the X-axis wiring harness to a "continuous flex" rated cable.

Sailfish P-Stop for Replicator 2/2X

If you're interested in a P-stop (Pause/Stop) for your Replicator 2 or 2X, click read more for the details.

Toshiba FlashAir WiFi-Enabled SD Card

On the Makerbot Operator's Group there was a discussion on network control of the Makerbot. A few options were discussed, including the EyeFi and the Toshiba FlashAir.

I decided to buy a FlashAir and see if I could get it to work. The ability to both download from and upload to the card is listed as a feature, and mentioned in many reviews. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the upload feature in the documentation or in the card's UI.

Out of the box, the card broadcasts as a WiFi base station. When you connect to the card's SSID, you then get a web server that allows you to read the files on the card. That's about it. Settings are configured by a text file stored in a directory on the SD card.

Luckily, it seems like there is a trove of undocumented features on the card, including upload ability, and the ability to join an existing network. I posted to the Google Group with some information on how to use this card in a Makerbot. I've found a lot of information, so rather than multiple posts to the Google Group, I figured I'd post the info here.

Welcome to Extrud3d

Welcome to Extrud3d.com. My first foray into 3D printing was a modified Makerbot Stepstruder MK6+ attached to a CNC mill. Along with a makeshift heated build platform, I was able to get some decent prints. The setup was very slow because a milling machine has a lot of mass and can't really travel at the same speeds as a dedicated printer. When Makerbot released the Replicator 2X, I decided to take the plunge. While waiting for my machine to arrive, I decided to learn about fused filament 3D printing. I started to collect links and notes with the hope of jumping in quickly and not asking repetitive questions in online communities. Much of what I have learned has come from the Makerbot Operators (MBO) group. I decided to post some of it here and to twitter in the hopes that the resources I have found useful might also be useful to others.
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