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Replicape: Getting Started

Under construction

This page is still under construction, but is aimed as a basic "what to do when you get your Replicape". If you have any questions/comments, post them in the G+ community or find someone on #replicape on freenode's IRC to edit things to be more coherent.

The rest of the documentation is already shaping up rather well, but documents each part separately. This page is here to put it in a "what do I need to read about when?" format.

Getting support or add stuff to document

The Replicape/Redeem community is mostly active in two places:

Step One

Installing Kamikaze

The first step to running the Replicape board with Redeem is to install an OS on the BBB. It is recommended that you download and install the latest pre-build Kamikaze image on the SD card then it will update the BBB image.

Check if you need to reflash your EEPROM

Only a few capes need to reflash the EEPROM on arrival. This step is now included in the latest version of the Kamikaze image. If you're in doubt, just grab the latest kamikaze image from the section above, and install it.

Step Two

Now you're looking at how to setup Redeem and calibrate it to your printer's hardware. This section isn't exhaustive yet, if you need this page to add a specific section about something, go ask for it by reaching out in the community section

Basic configuration

To start with, go look at Elias' video on getting started. The redeem repository he's talking about in the video is found here

Linux Beginner? Help is here

To those of you new to the Linux environment, here are a few steps I would recommend some to read up on a few basic linux skills

Also, if you find that redeem fails to start, and there's nothing obvious in the log you get out of octoprint, that might mean there's a typo in one of your config files. To see where, run systemctl status -n 100 redeem on your BBB, it should point you straight to what you need to change.

Redeem's and Kamikaze's pages are pretty complete already, you're here reading sort of a "where do I find information about specific topics?"

The answer is:

  • Replicape's page for anything to do with hardware connections (wiring, outputs, etc.)
  • Redeem's page for anything to do with what features the software holds, and what G and M-codes do
  • Kamikaze's page for anything regarding the Kamikaze image, including the latest release link for Kamikaze (network, updates, etc).
  • The Marlin to Redeem guide, helping those of you coming from Marlin appreciate what the differences in Redeem are and why.

Setting up Redeem with endstops

In case you missed it, check Elias' youtube video on endstops.

MOSFETS turn on and stay on until redeem actually starts

This can be addressed with a patched Uboot, in which case you will see the mosfets on for a few seconds until the boot reinitializes the pin outputs to low until Redeem can take over.

FAQ

I come from a Marlin/Repetier/xxx (arduino mega) setup what do I do?

Well, you could start by looking at this handy migration guide (still under construction though)

I got my Replicape, but redeem can't communicate with it

Are you powering only through USB? If so, that will be a source of difficulties. The replicape needs power applied to communicate with the BBB underneath, the BBB won't power the Replicape. Normally, the opposite is what happens, with the BBB being powered by the Replicape. See Replicape_rev_B#Power for details of the error to look for in your system log.

I can't connect the BBB to my network, how do I get updates from online?

Well, if you don't have a USB Wifi dongle, or Ethernet cable you can use to connect the BBB to your network at home, you can follow this guide to get it online using your PC running linux as a bridge through the mini-USB cable.

For Windows users, this is a great guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-NEPiZDSx8