Evolution of a Blog

This blog has evolved as I have as a maker. It starts at the beginning of my journey where I began to re-tread my tires in the useful lore of micro electronics and the open-source software that can drive them. While building solutions around micro-electronics are still an occasional topic my more recent focus has been on the 3D Printing side of making.

Monday, June 23, 2014

3D Printer (RepRap) Monitor - Part 2 - HW Configuration

There are two variants of the RepRap Monitor with each being configurable in a number of manners.   The first of the two variants is a small PCB where the expectation is that a relay would be mounted off the board somewhere.  The second variant has room on the board for a relay and also provides a bypass switch that disables the shutdown function (assuming a switched power supply is connected).

The design for both PCBs is flexible in terms of power management strategy.  The primary configuration the PCBs are designed to handle entails that an ATX power supply is connected and the relay controls the switch circuit.   Obviously any power supply that provides a switch circuit would work.   The relay can also be used to control A/C power to the D/C power supply or the relay circuit could be used between the D/C power supply and the RepRap Controller (using two relays of appropriate capacity). 

Below is a picture of the larger PCB (with relay on the board) mounted on top of my Prusa I3's electronics stack.   In this implementation the gas and temperature sensors are surface mounted on the back of the PCB.   This places the temperature sensor at the very top of the electronics stack and the gas sensor a little higher.   The temperature sensor is focused on the controller but the gas sensor will react to issues from either the electronics stack or the print area.  The buzzer is mounted on the printer frame.

Here is a smaller PCB mounted on my Prusa I3 just above the electronics stack with the relay just below the monitor PCB.  The two sensors are on a stalk that is attached to the top of the printer controller.  The gas sensor is at the top of the stalk while the temperature sensor is inside the lower part of the stalk closer to the electronics.

The above pictures illustrate the two different PCBs as well as two strategies that can be used for mounting either PCB (remote sensors or surface mounted sensors).   Obviously there are a large number of other alternatives that can be employed to match a given configuration.  I will make the designs for mounts shown available (Sketchup).  These are designed to fit on a RAMPS board that is mounted vertically.

More in Part III

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