Hello everyone! So, yes, as you might have assumed from the tittle, I have a new FolgerTech FT-5 R2. This 3D printer is the new version of their FT-5 lineup, It is almost the same but with some needed upgrades (I will be making a whole post about my experiences and what I think of it after I have some time to play with it). However, as good as the FT-5 R1 might have been, I have found that the R2 has some issues when it comes to the hardware configuration. So, I decided to re-make the Marlin configuration, change things to make them work better and share it with you guys. I have already tested this version and seems to work better than the original one.
Here are the changes made to the firmware:
- Changes in the movement and position of the axis.
- Lowered the acceleration values for smoother printing movements.
- Fixed issues with first layer being too high.
- Added separated X, Y and Z homing on the LCD.
- Extruder and Bed PID tuned values for the R2.
- Changed Printer’s name to be more representable of the machine.
- Changed Z homing speed to be slower for more reliability.
- And a lot more!
To download my version of the firmware, you can find it here. If I make any updates to it, I’ll be sure to list them here and change the files. Please let me know what do you think about the changes, as well as if you have any issues with it.
Note: If you see that any of your axis are moving in the opposite direction as they were previously moving, this can be changed in the configuration.h file of the Marlin firmware. There are 3 lines which say:
#define INVERT_X_DIR true
#define INVERT_Y_DIR true
#define INVERT_Z_DIR true
To change the direction of your axis, you need to invert the value from “true” to “false”. For instance, if your Y axis is going on the opposite direction, change the “INVERT_Y_DIR” from “#define INVERT_Y_DIR true” to “#define INVERT_Y_DIR false”.
Update: I have added a version 2 of the firmware which can be located in the same Google Drive folder as the previous version. It has some acceleration improvements which should make the movements of your machine smoother, giving you better printing quality.