My tests with the Wanhao i3 board are that it's really, really finicky for USB connecting. I use SD card when printing with it.peps1 wrote:I have a Duplicator i3, and Simplify3D, but being new to 3D printing am having a little trouble.
I would really like to have my i3 hooked up via USB to take full advantage of the controls and setting in Simplify3D.
But, for the life of me I cant Simplify3D to connect to the i3, so am having to put everything on SD card to print.
Is there some firmware/Drivers I need, as the i3 did not come with a CD?
The printer is showing up as FT232R USB UART, and I have the latest FTDI drivers due to Arduino projects and not had any issues with USB to serial.
But every time I try and connect to the i3 in Simplify3D, I get the Following.
Attempting connection at \\.\COM3...
Testing plaintext communication protocol...
Testing binary communication protocol...
Testing alternate communication protocols...
Attempting RTS reset and trying again...
Any chance of a little help?
Yep, this seems to work, but its a lot of pulling out USBs, turning machine on and off.....id print form SD card if the slot was not so terable. need long figernals to push that card in.junktronix wrote:I have the same problem. It seems the i3 controller is very slow to respond after a reset. I was able to connect and print OK by clicking connect, waiting for the Wanhao logo to come on the LCD and then clicking the connect button again.
This process worked for me, Untick Wait for Start Command, Untick allow command buffering, untick communication timeout, then connect, for me . I didn't disconnect any jumpers. I'm using a Macximox wrote:This is what I do, works 100% of the times:
Assumed your USB to serial port is up and running (Standard windows driver) Printer on, USB in, Start S3D, go to Tools>Firmware configuration: Untick Wait for Start Command, Untick allow command buffering, untick communication timeout, then connect, for me works every time, unsure it it creates other problems but didnt notice any after many prints (PLA and ABS) I think FLow control setting is irrelevant for the issue so i leave it as it is.
(Please note I also removed the Jumper in the control box named "auto standby"not sure it makes a difference. some says so)
Many people say not to use PC via USB to print but I just think they cant get it to work reliably so they just assume it does not. Well they are wrong.
Its an amazing interface, you can give commands in real time, you see the process of printing in real time 3d and most importantly you don't need that SD card moving around crap that makes you feel you're stuck in 1990. Just chose the file from a folder on your pc and print it. If you are worried about pc switching off or anything like that, you also have the option of printing from SD card within the software in the awesome machine hardware control panel, still retaining the remote control and interface. In my case my pc stays on all night and day so i rather let it process the jobs. Please let me know if it works for you.
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