[Lab] 3D printer Electronics?

Paul & Andrea Mumby themumbys at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 17:08:59 EST 2015

I just added a Raspberry Pi running OctoPi to my Ultimaker V1, and it's
pretty nice. Supports Webcam and everything you need from a nice slick web
interface with drag and drop and so on...

Still using Cura for slicing, but I've found the Ultimaker electronics
(which are essentially RAMPS compatible) to be rock solid. And it's
affordable, and Pololu compatible stepper controllers are cheap and

You can grab one from HobbyKing (or likely a clone anyway) for pretty

Then combine with an Arduino Mega, and a Raspberry Pi, and you've got a
pretty decent setup.

Haven't had any experience with the other board options unfortunately.

Hope that helps!

- Paul

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM, j ross <waterfallclose at gmail.com> wrote:

> The electronics on my Makerbot 2X blew up (yes there was smoke :)  but
> rather than go back to Makerbot I'm thinking I'll replace it with something
> more open source (or at least less closed).  Been looking at tried and true
> reprap stuff like RAMPS 1.4 +arduino Mega + Repetier but wondering if
> anyone has experience with more modern electronics?  Although alternatives
> abound, details and recent experiences seem to be hard to come by.  eg.
> Alligator, R2C2, Megatronics, Smoothieboard, etc, etc. Will likely add a
> server and webcam while I'm at it.  (It's a pitty tinyG doesn't support hot
> ends)
> Any thoughts would be welcome!   Thanks!
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