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Posted · chummy1952

please can someone help me    i have a xvico 3ds printer but it did not come with the micro card  i have tried to get in touch with gthe makers but nothing in 4 months i know you have nothing to do with xvico but you do have some tips etc on mods to them and cura does come on the micro disc     so is there any kind person out there that could please email me the firmware etc from the disc   regards chummy

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    Posted · chummy1952

    I'm not familiar with that printer but in photos, it looks like 99% of cheap printers out there which means it is Marlin based (marlin is the firmware) and some kind of RAMPS board, arduino like computer for the hardware.  Actually, 99% is pretty low estimate.


    So that means the microSD card isn't supposed to have any firmware on it.  The firmware is called Marlin (like the fast fish) and is customized for each printer type.  It is pre-installed.  You can usually download the ".hex" file from the manufacturer.  Often from github somewhere if the manufacturer has any decency.  or from their website.  But it's extremely unlikely that you need to update the firmware.  The firmware shouldn't need updating for decades or ever.


    Then the printer should also have a USB port on it.  You can connect that through an old USB cable (not the newer cables) to any linux, windows, or apple computer.  That is the cable you need to update the firmware (which you shouldn't need to do and is dangerous as you might install the wrong type of firmware).  But you can also print gcode files through that cable.


    However it's best to print gcode files through the SD card.  They cost less then a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  Look for a 4GB SD card although that printer can probably go up to a maximum of 32GB.  Not sure.  Dont' get anything larger than 32GB.  It may be hard to find SD cards this old/small but not too hard.  They can be found in some DSLR cameras and other equipment.


    Do you even know about slicers?  How to convert a CAD file into a gcode file?  You need the gcode file for the printer.

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