Melzi

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Melzi

Release status: working

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Description
Release Version 0.1
License
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Introduction

A compact all-in-one controller board for RepRaps with one extruder head, optimized for mass production.

The point of RepRap is to make itself, of course. But sometimes people just want plug-and-play RepRap electronics so they can concentrate on the other aspects of the machine, or just because they are more software or mechanics oriented than electronics oriented.

Melzi is designed to be a complete set of RepRap electronics that should be very cheap to mass produce. It is based on the Arduino Leonardo (Francesco Melzi was Leonardo's pupil).

Melzi Ardentissimo

The Melzi Ardentissimo is a full-featured Melzi board using the ATMEGA644P (ATMEGA1284P is being tested) chip used on Sanguinololu. This is a Sanguinololu firmware compatible board, though does have a couple of extra features the Sanguinololu does not - namely the extra Mosfet for the fan, and a software controllable LED. Melzi has micro SD on board as well. A full StepStick clone is on board as well negating the need for external stepper motor drivers.

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Melzi with 1284p Support

Melzi with a ATMEGA1284P is buyable.

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Files

Original Melzi:

https://github.com/mosfet/melzi

The RepRapPro Ltd version of Melzi can be found at:

https://github.com/reprappro/melzi

Melzi with Leonardo

The Melzi [insert cool name here] is a Melzi board based on the new and upcoming Arduino Leonardo. While this board doesn't have the same expansion capabilities as the Melzi Ardentissimo, it may be more cost effective, as the Leo has built-in USB negating the need for the FTDI232RL chip on the Ardentissimo.

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Bootloader, Firmware Upload

Programming or re-uploading a firmware should be the same (except for firmware configuration, of course) as for all other ATmega644/644P/1284P based electronics. One such is Generation 7 Electronics. Especially, Gen7 Arduino IDE Support gives bootloaders and Arduino libraries adjusted for these MCUs.

See also:

Melzi with Bluetooth

In order to get rid of the USB connection between Melzi and the PC one may like to use Bluetooth. There is a cheap module available in the market called 'JY-MCU' (vendor Shenzhen Jiayuan Electronic Co.,Ltd.). Jy-mcu f.jpg Jy-mcu b.jpg

Change setting

Before the module can be used the default setting has to be changed. Connect the module from PC via USB<->RS232 (RxD/TxD) interface with default settings (9600, N, 8, 1). The module shouldn't be paired at that moment. Apply with a terminal program the following AT commands:

AT OK 
AT+BAUD8 OK115200BAUD (set baud rate for Melzi)
AT+NAMEHUXLEY OKsetname (optional set name, default: linvor)
AT+PIN0000 OKsetPIN  (optional set pin, default: 1234)

More details about the configuration you will find here [[1]]

Wiring

On Melzi one of the unused buffer of soldered 4050D takes over the mandatory level-shifting (5V -> 3.3V). Overall only 5 wires have to be soldered.

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Connect via Bluetooth

Once you have setup your BT devices you can select from drop down list and control your RepRap as usual.