3D printing is a way to create objects by building them up layer by layer using a special printer. It starts with a digital model of the object, which is loaded into the printer. The printer reads the design and creates the object by depositing material layer by layer until the final product is complete. This process can use a range of materials, from plastics and metals to ceramics and even food. 3D printing allows for complex shapes to be created that might be difficult to make with traditional manufacturing methods. It’s used in many different industries, including engineering, medicine, architecture, fashion, and art. As technology advances, it’s becoming more affordable and accessible, which could change the way we make things in the future.
Mainstream 3D Printing Firmware
Klipper is a relatively new firmware that offloads the processing of G-code commands from the printer’s mainboard to a more powerful single-board computer (SBC), such as a Raspberry Pi. This allows Klipper to handle G-code commands much faster than Marlin, leading to smoother and more precise movements. Klipper also has advanced features like pressure advance, which can improve print quality by compensating for the lag between extruder movement and filament flow.
Marlin, on the other hand, is a more established firmware that runs directly on the printer’s mainboard. It is designed to be lightweight and efficient, with a focus on stability and compatibility with a wide range of printers. Marlin is highly customizable and supports many advanced features, such as mesh bed leveling and automatic tool changing.
Overall, both Klipper and Marlin have their strengths and weaknesses, and the choice between them depends on the specific needs and preferences of the user. Klipper may be a better choice for users who want the fastest and most precise printing possible, while Marlin may be a better choice for users who prioritize stability and compatibility with a wide range of printers.
Running Klipper on Seeed's reTerminal DM
When you have a Raspberry Pi lying around, you’re always tempted to try something different and new. Especially when we have a cool new device powered by Raspberry Pi!
We tried to runKlipper on our new Raspberry Pi-powered reTerminal DM, refer to this GitHub repo, which is a script that assists you in installing Klipper on a Linux operating system that has already been flashed to your Raspberry Pi’s (or other SBC’s) eMMC.
Here is the live demo of reTerminal DM running Klipper, Klipper screen, and controlling creality sermon d1 3d printer to perform the homing process.
Also a demo of reTerminal running Klipper, Klipper screen, realizing the same functions as above.