Printer Filament Monitor

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mechengineermike
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Re: Printer Filament Monitor

Postby mechengineermike » Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:05 am

TOtally agree with the guy that said that the kickstarter filament sensor is more complicated than it seems. You get to wire everything up and try to get the firmware in sync with the device. Anyway optical sensors arent 100% reliable for this application, and intermittent functioning in this situation makes that solution useless.
A simple auditory alarm is probably the cheapest and easiest solution possible. Its also all thats neaded the majority of the time. This is the one I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSIn-3KaiIE

Tringia
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Re: Printer Filament Monitor

Postby Tringia » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:36 pm

Hey guys,
The Raise3D has a battery backup recovery, why not have a mechanical sensor that kicks out a contractor when no filament is sensed, that kills power to the printer. This way when you replace the filament you can simply turn the machine back on and recover your print.
This requires no software revisions or detailed internal wiring, KIS (Keep It Simple)
Just a thought!

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Vicky@Raise3D
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Re: Printer Filament Monitor

Postby Vicky@Raise3D » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:36 am

Tringia wrote:Hey guys,
The Raise3D has a battery backup recovery, why not have a mechanical sensor that kicks out a contractor when no filament is sensed, that kills power to the printer. This way when you replace the filament you can simply turn the machine back on and recover your print.
This requires no software revisions or detailed internal wiring, KIS (Keep It Simple)
Just a thought!


Actually, we are considering a similar system as you said. Only one difference is not kill power but pause the print. Because the states of the voltage of battery and resuming module of every printer are not the same, pause will be much safer than kill power.

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woofy
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Re: Printer Filament Monitor

Postby woofy » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:17 am

Excellent idea Vicky, I would find that very useful.
Raise3D N2+, Ultimaker2 & UP plus printers.

wflynn
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Re: Printer Filament Monitor

Postby wflynn » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:25 pm

Did Raise3D ever implement a software add-on that lets me pause the printer if a filament monitor detects out of filament?

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Vicky@Raise3D
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Re: Printer Filament Monitor

Postby Vicky@Raise3D » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:17 am

Do you mean that you want to install your own filament monitor but need a code to trigger a pause?
Or do you mean the one we are currently testing? If you refers to ours, yes, we will add pause function into it.


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