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Is there currently a way to run from an SD card?

Last night my computer rebooted (Thinking around 3am) and the 20+ hour print that I was running didn't finish very well.

After calling myself names for a few minutes and cursing Microsoft and myself for not making sure that the machine had been updated since PATCH TUESDAY I started wondering if there was a way to run BoXZY from an SD card.

This has some appeal to me for various reasons.

1. I wouldn't have to slave my machine to the printer for days at a time.

2. If I am printing and I neglect the date, my print out will not be ruined.

3. It would use less electricity.

4. It just seems like a good idea for one less thing to go wrong.

Ideas, comments, complaints?

Thank you,

Ken

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There is a better way.

Raspberry Pi and Octoprint.

I set it up, it works really well and I took my computer to another room while the printer did its thing. I was also able to look in on the printer and monitor what was going on. If I had a webcam, I could even had a live video feed of the job as it was going on.

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I set up a Raspberry Pi with Octoprint to run my Ultimaker 3D printer. The results there are not as good because there is a mismatch in the gcode that Octoprint uses to run devices versus the UM. But you can use it to monitor bed/head temperature and video stream. I used the Pi camera extension - it is a very inexpensive add on that plugs directly into the Pi board with a ribbon cable - you have to come up with a way to hold it where you want it. You can buy a new Pi, case, wifi adapter, camera, wall wart and 16 Gb micro SD card for $60-80 (shop around). I have not set up the BoXZY with one yet, but I will!

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I'm told the BoXZY was setup to accept these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/25183331744...

It has an SD slot built in with LCD. It will only function properly for 3D printing, but I imagine it could be used with other operations as well if you were cautious. It has to be activated in the firmware (code is there) and has not been tested with BoXZYs latest firmware just yet. Cheap enough for an experiment??

EDIT: You need to add a jumper to use the LCD. It allows the arduino to get its power from the main supply and not the USB. In the image there is a green jumper over two pins circled in red. This is not present on BoXZY. You will need to connect those two pins together or jumper them.

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I thank you once again!

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Yep cheap enough for an experiment, worst case I remove it best case, it works.Either way it costs me 15 for something that if it saves 1 computer shutdown is worth it. Five hours in Windows restarts to do another update. Three days this week updates? Seriously?

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Thank you! I'm not Dante but I really appreciate the compliment. Windows drives me crazy sometimes too. I'm adding a small edit above to help with the installation.

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Well whoever you are, we all thank you. You have been extremely knowledgeable and very helpful.

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I have some old jumpers from motherboards. Not a problem.

That is an easy fix.

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My computer will not update if it's not connected to the internet. I disable all connectivity before I start a job.

But I am getting a control module too. :)

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it also has a resettable fuse, better mosfets, Mosfet heatsinks, reverse polarity protection, and a faster usb to serial converter than the original UM and supports 24v and 12v input, and output to steppers, heaters and fans. which the original UM doesn't .

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No rocker switch for power though if thats a factor, but it has been stable and reliable. in marlin and repetier it setup as an UM board with no modifications required to the pin map as well if i recall (she tried both firmwares, but went with Repeater because the web setup was easier for her.)

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