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Idiot's Guides: 3D Printing by Cameron Coward

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CHAPTER9

Control Components

In This Chapter

  • What end stops are and how they work
  • What the control board does
  • How LCD controllers and SD cards can help

Controlling a 3D printer is no easy task, because there is a lot of hardware to simultaneously coordinate. The movement of three axes has to be coordinated, the filament being fed by the cold end has to be controlled, the temperatures of the hot end and heated bed need to be monitored and adjusted, and fans have to be turned on and off. This all requires processing power, significant amounts of current being passed through the control board, and the simultaneous control of multiple outputs and ...

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