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Makerbot Firmware Changes

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EEVblog:
This is just my own list of desired firmware changes as I find them that I want to add to the Makerbot Replicator firmware, so I don't forget...

1) "Time to Complete" countdown timer in minutes, instead of percentage complete. Even if not that accurate, it's better than percentage which is pretty useless.
2) Move the build platform to the "complete" position (Z bottom) when print is cancelled, as it does when build is complete.
3) Add a top level menu option to move bed to bottom "complete" (Z bottom) position. Hide the "Home" option deeper down somehow.
4) Pulse a spare I/O pin (1 sec maybe) when build is complete, so that an auto-power-off or other circuit can be attached. Maybe one active high, and one active low output pin.

Dave.

firewalker:
Sorry for the off topic...

Do you fell comfortable leaving it unattended for hours? Is there any fire hazard for example? Is there any failure detecting methods?

Alexander.

SeanB:
Would not feel comfortable leaving it alone, as there are absolutely no detectors that can be used for fault detection. No current sensing, no overtemp detectors, no smoke detector to tell it is on fire, no way to tell the spool is finished.

Mint.:

--- Quote from: SeanB on August 19, 2012, 12:13:26 pm ---Would not feel comfortable leaving it alone, as there are absolutely no detectors that can be used for fault detection. No current sensing, no overtemp detectors, no smoke detector to tell it is on fire, no way to tell the spool is finished.

--- End quote ---
I agree. I don't have one, but if I would... Then I wouldn't leave it without anyone watching over it.

Ed.Kloonk:

--- Quote from: Mint. on August 19, 2012, 12:15:27 pm ---
--- Quote from: SeanB on August 19, 2012, 12:13:26 pm ---Would not feel comfortable leaving it alone, as there are absolutely no detectors that can be used for fault detection. No current sensing, no overtemp detectors, no smoke detector to tell it is on fire, no way to tell the spool is finished.

--- End quote ---
I agree. I don't have one, but if I would... Then I wouldn't leave it without anyone watching over it.

--- End quote ---

Nor would I. Or maybe...
Webcam w/ smartphone app. And possibly remote fire sprinkler control. And what if the thing clones itself?

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