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  1. On the github page (https://github.com/ErikZalm/Marlin#instructions-for-configuring-bed-auto-leveling) there are some instructions on the firmware.
  2. Hi Markus, most of the conductive sensors output a 12 volt signal while the Arduino wants 5 volt. This topic explain how to use a resistor divider to address this problem: http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/43498/how-can-i-use-a-12-v-input-on-a-digital-arduino-pin
  3. Have you tried putting a thin piece of steel (not alu.) between the alu. heated bed and the glass plate? Something like a metal scraper lying around somewhere. The sensing distance is based upon sensing steel instead of aluminum, the latter greatly reduces the sensing distance.
  4. It would be interesting to see how accurate the sensor of an optical mouse could be. Here is a little tutorial I came across about interfacing such a sensor with arduino :http://www.martijnthe.nl/2009/07/interfacing-an-optical-mouse-sensor-to-your-arduino/
  5. update 3# on our progress on the z-probe / auto-level / easy-level project Another update; lot's of news: The new proximity sensor (TL-Q5MC1) (the little yellow boxy thingy) has finally arrived! I tried installing it on the bracket I had previously constructed, here is the result: I am not sure about the design of the bracket, I think installing it on the printhead could be easier, certainly room for improvement, the function of the bracket however is proving to be as expected. Because the sensor is mounted much lower on the printhead I still have the same print area as without the sensor. I figured out how to save the z offset value in marlin. As it happens, marlin has the eeprom-saving-option setting default at false... I tested the new sensor if it would be able to be used on 5V (making it more plug and play with the ultimaker electronics). Surprise; the sensor works on 5V! The range of the sensor does not seem to be affected by the lower voltage. When I drop the voltage to 4,7 Volts it seems that the sensor is not able to give a correct output signal. Note the led-indicator does not work using 5 Volts! Ok, here is where it gets interesting; data! I used a custom gcode snippet to let the printer constantly home and measure the bed at 5 different locations. In total the printer did 470 measurements, 200 of those measurements were done with the extruder and heated bed on room temperature, the second series of measurements (270) were done with the extruder and heated bed turned respectively on @ 210 and 60 degrees. The entire test procedure took around 50 minutes. I copy / pasted the entire output of the ultimaker to excel and started converting and analyzing the output. The goal is to figure out if the concept of using inductive proximity sensors for auto-bed-leveling purposes would be a good idea. I am also interested to see if the temperature of the bed and / or extruder would affect the measurements of the sensor. I've uploaded this excel file for you to look at the data and check my excell and statistical skills Here is a summary of the data, the average of the measurement is not so interesting; the standard deviation is much more interesting: Locations Average of measurement StdDev of measurement Count of measurement A 0,954148936 0,010717243 94 B 0,896702128 0,012127308 94 C 1,034468085 0,009113032 94 D 0,991595745 0,007801736 94 E 0,99287234 0,008246516 94 Grand Total 0,973957447 0,047294368 470 (location A-B-C-D are the four corners of the printbed, location E is the center of the bed) Here is the link to: the excel file I'm very happy with the first results, it is certainly better than the combination of the previous sensor and PLA bracket. In the next couple of weeks I hope to see how the sensor is doing during normal printing operation, I already made some big prints with nice equally spaced brim lines! Here is a small video of the printer doing a calibration routine with the new sensor: To summarize: To Do: Construct a metal mount for the TL-Q5MC1 sensor (Unfortunately printing a mount will not be sufficient as the mount will deform ever so slightly due to the heat of the hotend, precision is key.) Figure out how to save the z-offset value in marlin - enabling eeprom save option in Marlin Measure if the TL-Q5MC1 sensor can be used on 5V (making a voltage divider redundant) Figure out which type of connectors to use for the wire harness (making the sensor plug an play) - jst-xh Write a small script to send home commands to the printer and calculate average / standard deviation - used excel Use the above script to test the concept of using an inductive proximity sensor as a z-probe How will heat from the hotend influence the sensor measurements? if the heat has a negative influence; could this be solved by compensating the measurements in the marlin firmware using the temperature measurements from the hotend / bed? -> use the above script to measure temperature influence Could this concept be used in combination with a glass bed (with metal underneath)? depends on the thickness of the glass and the detecting distance I suppose) -> still need to do some tests with spare glass plate Would it be possible to use the z-probe in conjunction with the 'normal' z-endstop? -> study ultimaker electronic scheme, I think this might be possible with a NPN type sensor.
  6. 2# update on our progress on the z-probe / auto-level / easy-level project Ok, here is a little update on the project. News: - New inductive proximity sensor still hasn't arrived :( , still waiting, I estimate it will arrive somewhere next week. - The watercutter jet decided to malfunction just as I wanted to cut out the brackets for the sensor. Luckily the service mechanic was able to quickly get the beast up and running again. Here are some pictures of the result: The design of the sensor bracket is still a first version I will probably need to optimize the bracket, need to test it first I would like to thank everyone who replied to the topic, your feedback is precious, extra eyes and brains give a different perspectives on the problem / solution. Hi Fabian, thank you for your offer. I think I will share the design file of the bracket with you so you can build your own prototype. (I think it won't fit on an ultimaker 2 head, so you might need to adjust the design) I don't have direct access to an ultimaker 2, so I am interested in your findings with your machine. Do you happen to know the thickness of the glass plate on your ultimaker? Hi Nick, thank you for your feedback. I realize that bed probing for delta machines might be essential for Delta 3D printers. I also think that the 'regular' \ 'ultimaker-type' FDM printers might be considered 'a luxurious feature'. So why bother adding a proximity sensor to an ultimaker? Good question! The answer: I don't know (yet)! The bed probing feature can be found on the more high-end printers such as the uPrint series from Stratasys. It would be a logical step to translate some of the features found in high-end printers to consumer-level printers. For consumers / hobbyists it could have the following advantages: 'easy-level' by providing further guidance in the process of calibrating the print-bed; 3D printing will get a bit less daunting to new users. 'auto-level'; possibly no more bed calibration required; printing becomes more 'push-a-button'-printing this all means: printing large objects with less hassle easier to transport your printer; no need to adjust the bed after each trip I am very curious to what other users of ultimakers would think of this feature and how they experience it in a 'real-world' setting. I am very curious about the inside of the 12mm probe, could find any pictures on the thread you mentioned, do you have another link of it? Hi lohiaprateek, I will make some pictures of the wiring next week. I used a voltage divider as the sensor I had did not work on 5 volts. (first you should test if your sensor works on 5 volts as it might make the voltage divider redundant)
  7. 1# update on our progress on the z-probe / auto-level / easy-level project We made a couple of prints on the ultimaker outfitted with the z-probe. They were going great once the offset from the printer's nozzle was calibrated. Which brings me to an issue that arose; I was able to go into the settings of the ultimaker to correct the z-offset but after shutting down the printer, the value was set to the default firmware value. Does somebody know how I might be able to save this value? I thought the feature of saving for example the PLA preheat temperatures in the eeprom was present in past firmware versions. @Meduza The sensor that we have right now is the LJ12A3-4-Z/BY. The diameter of this probe is 12mm, it will not fit in the printhead housing without some serious ultimaker surgery. It has a detecting distance of 4mm. Luckily there is a 8mm sensor out there, which in theory will fit inside the printhead. (for example the LJ8A3-1-Z/BY) Only problem; the detecting distance; it is only 2mm :( These type of cylindrical inductive proximity sensors are available in many different configurations, a nice overview can be found here: http://www.ia.omron.com/products/category/sensors/proximity-sensors/index.html Which brings me to the next sensor which I happen to have ordered It's name: TL-Q5MC1 So this sensor does not have the nice cylindrical mounting ability, a small mount to the printhead is therefore needed. The sensor is small enough to fit under the printhead next to the hotend (which might produce more issues and worries but this is for a next post ) Bonus points; it has a detecting distance of 5mm! To Do: Construct a metal mount for the TL-Q5MC1 sensor (Unfortunately printing a mount will not be sufficient as the mount will deform ever so slightly due to the heat of the hotend, precision is key.) Figure out how to save the z-offset value in marlin Measure if the TL-Q5MC1 sensor can be used on 5V (making a voltage divider redundant) Figure out which type of connectors to use for the wire harness (making the sensor plug an play) Write a small script to send home commands to the printer and calculate average / standard deviation Use the above script to test the concept of using an inductive proximity sensor as a z-probe How will heat from the hotend influence the sensor measurements? if the heat has a negative influence; could this be solved by compensating the measurements in the marlin firmware using the temperature measurements from the hotend / bed? -> use the above script to measure temperature influence Could this concept be used in combination with a glass bed (with metal underneath)? depends on the thickness of the glass and the detecting distance I suppose) -> do some tests with spare glass plate Would it be possible to use the z-probe in conjunction with the 'normal' z-endstop? -> study ultimaker electronic scheme, I think this might be possible with a NPN type sensor.
  8. He folks! Since the latest Marlin firmware features the Bed Auto Level function we we’re interested in finding a good hardware solution for our Ultimaker Original. First we tried the this sensor for auto leveling. On our second try we decided to give this sensor a go and modelled a mount so we could attach it to the hot-end of the Ultimaker. This mount isn’t great, it’s already bending under the stress and heat, but good enough for an initial quick test. These are the first results we got from the sensor, doing 6 measurements at 4 points on the build platform. Right now the sensor probably won’t fit the original Ultimaker hot-end. We’re looking for a sensor that will fit the original Ultimaker hotend, features good range and is accurate. We’ll be updating this thread with our results and hope to hear ideas or tips that we can look into. cheers, Gijs
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