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Initial Power and Motor Current Adjustment
- Double and triple check the wiring to ensure that the the power wiring polarity is correct; continuity checks should be made before applying power. Correct wiring before proceeding.
Franklin is software designed to work with all 3-D personal manufacturing robots like Athena. It is both server and firmware, exposing all settings and controls on a web page served by the host computer, which in the case of Athena, is the Beaglebone Green.
- Connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to the port on the side of the printer.
- http://192.168.76.2:8000/admin and select "Open Link in New Tab". Note "admin" at the end of the address - Franklin has different pages allowing different levels of access to features.
- Right click on https://raw.githubusercontent.com/phidiasllc/athena/master/franklin-profiles/Athena.ini. Save the page (Save Link As...) to a logical and memorable location on your hard disk.
The firmware is now loaded, but the printer is uncalibrated and will not print properly. Complete setup as described, below.
Changing Values in Franklin
Values in Franklin are presented with an input text box for making changes. The currently active value is shown next to the box.
Those text boxes permit entry of a value which is then set by pressing the "Enter" key on the keyboard. Values can also be changed by selecting a text box (left click on it) followed by pressing cursor up and down movement keys on the key board:
- Page Up: increase value by 10
- Page Down: Decrease value by 10
- Up arrow: increase value by 1
- Down arrow: decrease value by 1
- Shift + Up arrow: increase value by 0.1
- Shift + Down arrow: decrease value by 0.1
Math can also be performed in the text boxes; entering +1.5 (note plus sign) will add 1.5 to the value, entering +-1.5 (note the plus and the minus signs) will subtract 1.5 from the value.
All values of the same type can be changed at once by making the change in the maroon bar below the values.
Pressing enter on an empty box is the same as entering 0. Setting a value to something that Franklin cannot understand as a number sets it to NaN ("Not a Number"). For some settings, this is useful; for example, a temperature control is switched off that way.
The special values Infinity and -Infinity can also be entered (note the capital I), which is useful for some settings.
- Make sure the "Show Setup" checkbox is checked.
- Scroll to bottom of the page to show the printer control buttons.
- Click the "Home" button.
- Select the Z position text box (immediately below Z (mm)).
- Enter 0 in the Z position box (or leave it empty) and click Enter on the keyboard. The end effector should move down to approximately 10mm from the build platform.
- Place a piece of plain, white paper on the build platform under the hot end.
- In the Motor Settings area, select the text box in the maroon row under Switch pos (mm) and increase the values until the paper is slightly pinched between the hot end and the build platform while the Z position is 0 - the paper should be mobile when pulled and pushed, but resistance should be felt.
- Move to Z = 50mm (select Z pos text box, enter 50, press Enter).
- Select the Y position text box (immediately below Y (mm)) and enter a value of 100. Press Enter on the keyboard. The end effector should move near the vertex with the extruder drive mounted to it.
- Move to Z = 0mm.
- Select the text box for the w motor switch position and change its value using the up and down arrow keys (with Shift as required) until the resistance on moving the paper is about the same as it was in the middle of the build platform.
- Move to Z = 50mm (select the Z pos text box, enter 50 and press Enter). The end effector will move 50mm off the build platform.
- Select the Angle text box under the Delta section (it's a lone row in the middle of the position settings; not the setting at the bottom next to the target position.). Enter 240 and press Enter. The end effector should move to the U vertex (counterclockwise from extruder drive vertex when looking down). It does not move in a straight line (this is why the effector needed to be lifted before doing this).
- Move to Z = 0mm and adjust the u motor switch position until resistance is felt similar to that felt previously upon moving the paper.
- Move to Z = 50mm.
- Set the angle to 120 degrees (Delta section, Angle position = 120 followed by Enter).
- Move to Z = 0mm and adjust the v motor switch position until resistance is felt similar to that felt previously upon moving the paper.
- Home the printer.
- Set the angle to 0. (The end effector will not move.)
- Move to Z = 0mm and readjust all of the switch positions (in the Motor Settings area, select the text box in the maroon row, Switch Pos (mm) column) until the resistance upon moving the paper is the same as felt before. Take care only to use arrow keys or values starting with a + sign: the differences between the values must not change.
- Move to Y = 100mm.
- In the Delta area, adjust the radius of all motors at once (with the box in the maroon bar) until the resistance upon moving the paper is the same as felt before. (Decreasing the radius makes it more tight, increasing the radius makes it less tight.)
- Save the profile by clicking the Profile Save (as) button.
- Save a backup of the profile to your computer: right-click the "Export settings to file" link and select "Save link as...". Save the file using a logical name in a memorable loccation. The backup can be reloaded by clicking the "Choose File" button just above "Export settings to file" followed by clicking the "Import" button. The backup can also be used as a starting point for calibration of a second Athena.
Check Fan Operation
Proper operation of the fan on the end effector is very important as it keeps the plastic end effector cool. If it doesn't function correctly, the hot end will heat the plastic to the point that it deforms and the hot end becomes loose, resulting in very poor prints.
- The Athena profile loaded into Franklin sets the temperature that the fan turns on at 50 degrees C. Verify this in the Temp Settings area under Show Settings (Fan Temp).
- Set the temperature of the hot end to 60 degrees C in the Target temperature box immediately above the temperature chart by entering 60 and hitting enter.
- Observe the fan at ensure that it turns on when the temperature exceeds 50 degrees C. If it does not, track down the problem. Be sure to check that the fan polarity is correct.
Because the Beaglebone is a computer, it should be shut down in a controlled way. There is a web interface for doing this at http://192.168.76.2/cgi-bin/shutdown . When clicking the button on that page, the machine will shut down. It normally responds with an error that the host is unreachable, that means it shut down before the response was sent, so that means it worked.
To power it back up, the power must be disconnected, and plugged back in.
The Athena does not use much power while it is idle, so it is not required to turn it off very often. This means it is easy to forget the shutdown link, so it is a good idea to bookmark it along with the Franklin link given below.
|AthenaII Printed Parts Glossary|
|Assembling hot end|
|Soldering and tinning|
|Track 1||Track 2||Track 3|
|Connecting Rods||Frame||Epoxying Magnets|
|Epoxying Magnets||Connecting Rods||End Effector|
|Extruder Drive and Spool Holder||Epoxying Magnets||Frame|
|End Effector||Extruder Drive and Spool Holder||Connecting Rods|
|Frame||End Effector||Extruder Drive and Spool Holder|
|Final Mechanical Assembly|
|Firmware and Calibration|