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Manually using RAMPS to move steppers

Posted by StlLooking 
Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 18, 2019 11:39AM
Hi, I am building a new CoreyXY and waiting on stepper motors to arrive in a week or two. In the mean time I want to set up Marlin 1.1.9 on a Mega+RAMPS board so I can begin testing stuff (mainly Z-axis) when the motors get here.

On my other printer, (A6) with 1.1.9, I cannot move any axes via the LCD+encoder, without first homing.

As the new build will not have limit switches set up yet, I need to be able to manually control the steppers to adjust stuff. Is there something I can temporarily change in Marlin to make it think it has been Homed to allow me to then move individual motors via the LCD encoder?

Thanks

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2019 11:40AM by StlLooking.
VDX
Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 18, 2019 11:46AM
... you can send serial commandos and set any actual position to 0 - e.g. the X-axis, by "G92 X0" ... then move it 50mm to the [+]-position per "G1 X50 F2000" ...


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Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 18, 2019 01:54PM
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VDX
... you can send serial commandos and set any actual position to 0 - e.g. the X-axis, by "G92 X0" ... then move it 50mm to the [+]-position per "G1 X50 F2000" ...

Thanks, I had tried that already on a test setup on this computer, but that will only work in the positive direction. Plus, I don't have a portable PC to take to the build table so I need to be able to use the LCD-encoder with the RAMPS. But that too, only works in the positive direction without end-stop switches and motors on the other axes.

I know I can change that direction, but it still would only be movable in one direction (negative). I need to be able to make the Z go up and down a lot of times while developing this thing.

Marlin will not let it go lower than the start position until the limit has been set for each axis. I need to stop it being dependant on that requirement.

ETA: Tried disabling min/max Software end-stops, but still not allowing it.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2019 02:06PM by StlLooking.
Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 18, 2019 07:21PM
when the printer turns on it thinks that the axis are at 0
when you home an axis it reset its locations to match the real world.

get yourself a cheap netbook/laptop/raspberry pi. You cannot diagnose issues or develop anything without a controlling pc.

Tell the printer where it is with gcode eg G92 X10 Z90 (printer now thinks it is at X 10 and Z 90)
Then you can move +/- until you hit 0
Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 19, 2019 03:54AM
Take jumper and shorten Z min endstop pins.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2019 03:57AM by piper3d.
Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 19, 2019 04:07AM
@piper3d


StlLooking said: " I need to be able to make the Z go up and down a lot of times while developing this thing."

With the min Z endstop triggered permanently they can only move Z up( bed down in the case), any attempt to move down (bed up in this case) is instantly blocked by hitting the end stop.

Just attaching a switch to those two point and faking a home will work..,

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2019 04:12AM by Dust.
Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 19, 2019 06:16AM
Why make things simple when they can be made complicated ?
Just install these f... switches with superglue, rubber bands, scotch tape .....if it is temporary !


"A comical prototype doesn't mean a dumb idea is possible" (Thunderf00t)
VDX
Re: Manually using RAMPS to move steppers
March 19, 2019 06:49AM
... or invert them in the firmware ...


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