Part 3 of setting up the SKR MINI E3 V2 with Marlin 2 covers the Configuration_adv file. Continuing to look at relevant settings for the SKR MINI E3 V2 and the Creality Ender 3 or Ender 3 Pro 3D printers.
|SKR MINI E3 V2 Marlin 2 Setup Guide|
|Let’s Get Started|
Unsurprisingly you may be feeling a bit worn out dealing with setting up the Configuration.h for the SKR MINI E3 V2. Nonetheless you will be please to hear there isn’t much more to configure within the Configuration_adv.h file for running the SKR MINI E3 V2 or a Creality Ender 3 line of 3D pritners. So make yourself a drink, recuperate and when ready delve into the Configuration_adv file and continue with the SKR MINI E3 V2 Marlin 2 setup guide.
Firstly for those using the BLTouch sensor types, there are a few additional settings we need to apply. If you are not using a BLTouch then skip to the next section called STATUS MESSAGE SCROLLING. Moreover probes need a little time to ensure they have received the signal before deploying. Because of this the default is 500 and can be left at this. However for genuine Antclabs I found 200 ms is perfect for the BLTouch V3 or later. While on a clone I needed 750 ms in order to function correctly. So search and alter the BLTOUCH_DELAY option accordingly. Furthermore the below example is for a genuine Antclabs BLTouch V3.
#define BLTOUCH_DELAY 200
Now the Bltouch version 3 or later performs better with a 5V power source.
While on the SKR MINI E3 the Z-PROBE connection is 5V. BUT it is important to remember for future uses, to alway check, check and check again that your board supports 5V on the pin you plugged the three cables into. Moreover this is usually marked up as the Servo or Z-PROBE connector. Once confirmed and you are using a BLTouch V3 or higher, then enable the 5V mode.
If however you are using a lower version of the BLTouch or you are not sure leave the 5V mode disabled.
Ordinarily this next option is usually used for Delta style 3D printers. However the BLTouch versions 3 or higher seem to perform more reliably with the High Speed option enabled.
STATUS MESSAGE SCROLLING
Without a doubt having long messages scrolling across the LCD rather than chopping off the end is far more useful for the user. Naturally this makes it a worthy option to enable within the Confguration_adv.h file for the SKR MINI E3 V2.
POWER LOSS RECOVERY
Additionally another useful option that requires no hardware is the Power Loss Recovery. Moreover this saves the current layer to the SD card, so in the event of a failure it can restart that at the last layer. Furthermore no additional options need to be enabled if no UPS adapter is used.
LONG FILE NAME SUPPORT
For people like myself, having the ability to scroll long file names and have terminal programs be able to request these is a godsend.
#define LONG_FILENAME_HOST_SUPPORT #define SCROLL_LONG_FILENAMES
SD CARD CONNECTION
While in the Configuration.h we enabled the SD card support for the LCD. However many setups have multiple SD card slots. So we need to tell Marlin which one we want to use for the everyday printing.
By default it will use the onboard SD card slot on the SKR MINI E3 V2. Which is perfect for the stock display on the Creality Ender 3 or Ender 3 Pro. But for those who are using an LCD with an SD card slot, it can be overridden here.
#define SDCARD_CONNECTION ONBOARD
Another important step in editing the Configuration_adv for the SKR MINI E3 V2 is a critical part of automatic bed levelling. Moreover being able to adjust the height of the nozzle from the bed in small increments is extremely useful. Without a doubt this option helps to get that perfect first layer, and Marlin refers to this as Baby Stepping. So let’s find and enable the BABYSTEPPING option.
Undoubtedly there are a few good options to enable within the baby stepping configuration.
Firstly while not an option that many will find a use for. However I do, and it enables adjustments of the baby stepping without having to home first. So this option is a personal choice.
Without a doubt we want to be able to quickly reach the baby stepping option from the LCD. So we want to enable DOUBLECLICK_FOR_Z_BABYSTEPPING. Once enabled, access is via quickly pushing the LCD button twice in quick succession. Now we can even use this option while the printer is printing. Importantly if you find the 1st layer height is off slightly, you can adjust accordingly.
Additionally we want to be able to adjust the baby stepping wether the 3D printer is moving or not. So we want to be able to always access the baby stepping mode.
One of the most important and critical options for good automatic bed levelling with a probe or sensor. Is the ability to combine the baby step movements with the initial Z probe height (M851).
Finally one nice feature within the BABYSTEP_ZPROBE_OFFSET option, is to enable a graphical overlay displayed on the LCD when baby stepping is in use. Moreover this makes it clearer to understand the current position and which way to turn the rotary knob on the LCD.
While we enabled the RESTORE_LEVELING_AFTER_G28 from within the Configuration file. However within the Configuration_adv we can fine tune the settings for the SKR MINI E3 V2, to help combat automatic bed levelling failures with a probe. Furthermore a good option to enable for bed levelling, is the retry and recovery option. Because if the automatic bed levelling fails, it will restart itself and not wait for user input. So search for and enable the G29_RETRY_AND_RECOVER option.
Furthermore we can tell Marlin and in turn the printer, how many times we want to re-try probing the bed, before completely failing. Furthermore I have found even with the most unreliable of probes that it normally achieves the bed levelling after failing 3 time. So I tend to setup the amount of retries to 4.
#define G29_MAX_RETRIES 4
Having extra memory space available for any form of computation is always a good thing. Importantly Marlin by default supports G2/G3 Arc commands which isn’t supported by any 3D printing slicing software that I am aware of. Nonetheless 3226 bytes can be saved an put to better use, so let’s disable ARC_SUPPORT as shown below.
Importantly giving the buffers a little more memory to handle the commands is another worthwhile option to enable for the SKR MINI E3 V2 on a Creality Ender 3 or Ender 3 Pro. Furthermore by default they are set to 8 and 16. But I have found 32 and 64 makes for smoother sailing.
if BOTH(SDSUPPORT, DIRECT_STEPPING) #define BLOCK_BUFFER_SIZE 32 elif ENABLED(SDSUPPORT) #define BLOCK_BUFFER_SIZE 64 else #define BLOCK_BUFFER_SIZE 64 endif
ADVANCED PAUSE FEATURE
For those wishing to be able to pause the printer and change filament, this is the second option that needs enabling on the SKR MINI E3 V2. However there are plenty of sub-options that you may wish to customise and most are self explanatory. Nonetheless I have listed below the settings that I find useful.
#define ADVANCED_PAUSE_FEATURE #if ENABLED(ADVANCED_PAUSE_FEATURE) #define PAUSE_PARK_RETRACT_FEEDRATE 60 #define PAUSE_PARK_RETRACT_LENGTH 2 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_UNLOAD_FEEDRATE 10 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_UNLOAD_ACCEL 25 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_UNLOAD_LENGTH 430 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_SLOW_LOAD_FEEDRATE 6 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_SLOW_LOAD_LENGTH 0 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_FAST_LOAD_FEEDRATE 6 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_FAST_LOAD_ACCEL 25 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_FAST_LOAD_LENGTH 0 //#define ADVANCED_PAUSE_CONTINUOUS_PURGE #define ADVANCED_PAUSE_PURGE_FEEDRATE 3 #define ADVANCED_PAUSE_PURGE_LENGTH 50 #define ADVANCED_PAUSE_RESUME_PRIME 0 #define ADVANCED_PAUSE_FANS_PAUSE #define FILAMENT_UNLOAD_PURGE_RETRACT 13 #define FILAMENT_UNLOAD_PURGE_DELAY 5000 #define FILAMENT_UNLOAD_PURGE_LENGTH 8 #define FILAMENT_UNLOAD_PURGE_FEEDRATE 25 #define PAUSE_PARK_NOZZLE_TIMEOUT 45 #define FILAMENT_CHANGE_ALERT_BEEPS 10 #define PAUSE_PARK_NO_STEPPER_TIMEOUT #define PARK_HEAD_ON_PAUSE //#define HOME_BEFORE_FILAMENT_CHANGE #define FILAMENT_LOAD_UNLOAD_GCODES //#define FILAMENT_UNLOAD_ALL_EXTRUDERS #endif
Importantly the SKR MINI E3 V2 features builtin TMC2209 Trinamic stepper drivers and the HAS_TRINAMIC_CONFIG is where the drivers current and steps are setup. Additionally unless the best current for the stepper drivers is known, a value of 650 mA is a good place to start with the Creality stepper motors. Furthermore if no missed steps are experienced, then keep lowering the current to the stepper drivers bit by bit. Until the point where missed steps are introduced. Then increase the current by 5 or 10 mA to give a bit of leeway.
Moreover it is better to run any stepper driver with a lower current to prevent heating issues effecting both the stepper driver and the stepper motor. However as previously mentioned the current still needs to be strong enough so that missed steps are not occurring.
While configuring the Configuration_adv and in turn the SKR MINI E3 V2, it is best to leave the micro steps at 16, at least until everything else is working correctly. Especially as the Trinamic drivers will interpolate up to 256 steps anyway, and with each manual increment of the micro steps, some stepper motor torque is lost.
Nonetheless in the below example for the X axis stepper driver, the current for the TMC2209 driver has been set to 650 mA. Furthermore the micro steps is left at the default value of 16.
#if AXIS_IS_TMC(X) #define X_CURRENT 650 // (mA) RMS current #define X_CURRENT_HOME X_CURRENT #define X_MICROSTEPS 16 // 0..256 #define X_RSENSE 0.11 #define X_CHAIN_POS -1 #endif
Without a doubt it is important to remember to save your changes to the SKR MINI E3 V2’s Configuration_adv file.
Quick Save Shortcut:
Mac – Press the CMD (⌘) and the S key at the same time.
PC – Press the Ctrl and the S key at the same time.
TMC2209 Slave Address
Importantly on the SKR MINI E3 V2, the communication pins for the TMC2209 stepper drivers need to be defined. Importantly find and set the the slave address pins as shown below.
#define X_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define Y_SLAVE_ADDRESS 2 #define Z_SLAVE_ADDRESS 1 #define X2_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define Y2_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define Z2_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define Z3_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define Z4_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E0_SLAVE_ADDRESS 3 #define E1_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E2_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E3_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E4_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E5_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E6_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0 #define E7_SLAVE_ADDRESS 0
While enabled by default, however in case of future changes I thought it prudent to mention StealthChop™. Without a doubt StealthChop™is an important option to have enabled for TMC drivers. Moreover it allows the TMC stepper drivers to transition from silent mode (StealthChop™) to a less quieter but more powerful mode (SpreadCycle™), ideal for printing at faster speeds. Furthermore when the print slows down, the stepper drivers will change back into the quieter StealthChop™ mode automatically.
#define STEALTHCHOP_XY #define STEALTHCHOP_Z #define STEALTHCHOP_E
However some extruders work better with the StealthChop™ mode disabled. Moreover if you find that your extruder doesn’t quite have the same pushing power as before. Then you might want to disable it.
Because of the default Chopper timing used for SpreadCycle™ is set to 12V, this will need changing to 24V. Which is perfect for the Creality Ender 3 line of 3D printers that are using 24V power supplies.
#define CHOPPER_TIMING CHOPPER_DEFAULT_24V
Without a doubt keeping an eye on the stepper drivers for issue such as over heating, and status reports is a good thing. Furthermore by enabling this option, if the TMC driver has an over heating issue, it will drop the current by 50 mA as default, to try and overcome the issue. So let’s enable the MONITOR_DRIVER_STATUS as shown in the example below.
#define MONITOR_DRIVER_STATUS #if ENABLED(MONITOR_DRIVER_STATUS) #define CURRENT_STEP_DOWN 50 // [mA] #define REPORT_CURRENT_CHANGE #define STOP_ON_ERROR #endif
So what is the Hybrid Threshold ? While enabling the StealthChop™ allows the TMC driver to alternate between the two modes, the Hybrid Threshold determines at what speed the drivers switch between the modes. For example a threshold of 100 mm/s will cause the TMC drivers to go into the more powerful SpreadCycle™ mode, when the movement reaches 100 mm/s. Furthermore when the speed lowers to below 100 mm/s it will drop back to the silent StealthChop™ mode.
While the threshold for the X, and Y axis is good. However I find the Z is too low and I prefer a setting of 15 mm/s. Furthermore for the Extruder I prefer a threshold of 50 mm/s over the default 30 mm/s. Nonetheless start with the defaults, and if you find them a little too noisy, then adjust to suit your needs.
#define HYBRID_THRESHOLD #define X_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 100 // [mm/s] #define X2_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 100 #define Y_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 100 #define Y2_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 100 #define Z_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 15 #define Z2_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 3 #define Z3_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 3 #define Z4_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 3 #define E0_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 50 #define E1_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30 #define E2_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30 #define E3_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30 #define E4_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30 #define E5_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30 #define E6_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30 #define E7_HYBRID_THRESHOLD 30
While disabled by default, the TMC_DEBUG option allows the debugging command to be sent for use with the drivers. Furthermore it is a prerequisite of the MONITOR_DRIVER_STATUS option. Because of this, it needs to be enabled for the SKR MINI E3 V2 within the Configuration_adv file if the MONITOR_DRIVER_STATUS is used.
While the stepper drivers can be debugged, so too can switch and probe pins. Moreover you can test wether or not a switch is working correctly by sending the M43 command. This is particularly handy for troublesome switches and probes. Furthermore this gives a clear indication if the pins need inverting within the Configuration.h file.
SKR MINI E3 V2 Configuration_adv File Completed
Congratulations that is the basic setup done in the Configuration_adv.h for using the SKR MINI E3 V2 for the Creality Ender 3 line of 3D printers.
Without a doubt it is important that you remember to save your changes.
Quick Save Shortcut:
Mac – Press the CMD (⌘) and the S key at the same time.
PC – Press the Ctrl and the S key at the same time.
Unlike some other boards the pins_BTT_SKR_MINI_E3_V2_0.h file or the linked pins_BTT_SKR_MINI_E3_common.h file need no editing. Even if the probe is using the Z_MIN_PROBE_USES_Z_MIN_ENDSTOP_PIN option. So that’s was even easier then before. However for reference I have listed below the two pin files that effect list the pins and ports number and used for compiling the firmware for the SKR MINI E3 V2.
Lets compile the Marlin 2 firmware
After saving the changes to the Configuration.h, and Configuration_adv.h files. From within Microsoft Visual Studio Code (MVS) click on the larger Ants head icon on the far left hand side.
A long list of option will now be displayed. Firstly click on the Default, then General. Followed by Clean All option, once the cleaning process is completed click on Build All. While this may take a while to complete, all being well there should be no red errors and failure messages. However if there are go back through everything checking for any typos or errors.
Nonetheless all being well, click on the Explorer icon within MVS on the far left, and at the top.
From the new folder layout click on the .pio folder. Next click on the build folder, followed by clicking on the STM32F103RC_btt_512K_USB folder. After clicking on the STM32F103RC_btt_512K_USB folder, a long list of files and folders will be displayed. However towards the very bottom of that list is the firmware.bin file that needs to be copied to the Micro-SD card for the 3D printer.
But first we need to find its location on the computer. By far the simplest method is to select the firmware.bin file with a single left click. Additionally right click on the firmware.bin and select the “Reveal in Finder” or “”Find in Explorer” options.
Importantly this will take you directly to the firmware.bin file. All that is left todo is to right click on the firmware.bin and select copy.
Now plug the SD card that will be used for the 3D printer into the computer. Next go into that SD card folder on the computer and right click on an empty space between any icons and select paste or paste item. Once the transfer is completed, eject the SD card.
Finally we are getting to the final steps. Moreover with the printer turned off for at least 10 seconds, insert the SD card and turn back on. While the initial rebooting of the 3D printer will take a little longer than normal. However it is not fully updated yet. Importantly from the LCD menu, goto Configuration, then ADVANCED Settings, scroll to the very bottom and click on Initialise EEPROM.
Truly well done, that is the Marlin 2 firmware fully configured and updated for the Creality Ender 3, Ender 3 V2, or Ender 3 Pro 3D printer with the SKR MINI E3 V2 mainboard. Once again I hope the SKR MINI E3 V2 Marlin 2 Setup Guide was useful, and wish you all the very best.
If you have just be pre-reading this guide to see what lays ahead then why not start by downloading the required software and files. Then start at the beginning with the SKR MINI E3 V2 Setup guide for the hardware or SKR MINI E3 V3 Marlin 2 Setup Part 1 guide for the firmware.
Microsoft Visual Studio for running PlatformIO – https://code.visualstudio.com Available for PC, Mac and Linux.
Latest Non-Bugfix release of Marlin 2 Firmware – https://github.com/MarlinFirmware/Marlin
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