Updates! ReplicatorG 0037 & The Replicator Firmware 5.5

Hey Makers!

It’s June. Flowers are blooming, plants are growing, and The Replicators are updating! Today we are delighted to release ReplicatorG 0037 and The Replicator Firmware 5.5.

The Replicator Firmware 5.5
This new firmware release includes acceleration and updates to temperature control. Acceleration allows Replicator users to speed up their prints from the previous 40/55 mm/s default extrusion and travel speeds to a much snappier 80/150 mm/s. The temperature control changes will make The Replicator warm up faster.  As usual this download is available from our website and via ReplicatorG’s Upload New Firmware wizard, which you can find in the Machine menu. Thanks to everyone in the community who helped us out with this — much of the code for this update was based on Open Source community effort.

ReplicatorG 0037
ReplicatorG is also updated to handle the wonders of acceleration — it now includes special accelerated Print-O-Matic defaults. It also has more robust Gcode handling for T1/T0 toolhead commands, making it easier to use for other slicers.  Speaking of other slicers, RepG 0036 includes Skeinforge 50 as well as 35 and 47, but also has Beta support for Slic3r 8.3 and the brand new Miracle-Grue slicing engine from MakerBot. This allows power users some flexibility in testing out other slicing engines as they tinker and try new projects.

These releases come with a lot of hours of work packed into them. Thanks to Alison Leonard (MB), Rob Giseburt, Julius ter Pelkwijk, Mark Simpson, Dan Newman, Alessandro Ranellucci,  and dozens of other great contributors to our awesome Open Source codebase.

Overall, this release is acceleration-focused, but has a bunch of new slicing engine options for the power users.  That means there’s something good for everyone to play with when they come inside after a long summer day. :)

We’re pretty excited for these new features, and we bet you are, too, so we’ve put together a guide to help you get set up. Head on over to learn how to download, install and use the new updates.


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9 Comments so far

  • Moceri
    June 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Accelerate all the Bots!

    Is this a mix of RobG + Jetty + MBI code?

  • Tony
    June 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    So what changed between the RepG 0036 and firmware 5.4 on 6/18 and this release @ 0037 and firmware 5.5non 6/22? Is there a change log posted somewhere?

    On the the google groups makerbot forum, the copy Far posted introducing the release is the same as above, but this blog has the rev bumped.

    There are now a bunch of posts about failed firmware installs and bricked replicators. I’ve installed the 0036 and 5.4 successfully, but now don’t know if should try for 0037 ans 5.5.

    Someone else posted yesterday 6/23 that MB support suggested holding off for a few days until this is fixed.

    The RepG 0036 was doing some odd stuff, like adding three repeats of start.gcode and end.gcode to all generated files, and the Miracle Grue slicer was printing weirdness off the side of the HBP.

    So…what’s going on?

  • Peter K
    June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Installed the Firmware 5.5 and ReplicatorG 0037.

    Nice rapid printing of a very precise Moineaux rotor.

  • Melody
    June 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    @ Moceri: Yeah, the acceleration portion of the upgrade is based at least in part on Rob G.’s code.

    @ Tony: I saw that Far responded to your Google Group post, so I’m not going to repeat everything he said. If you do want to try for the 0037/5.5 upgrade, booting without the SD card seems to help.

  • Julius ter Pelkwijk
    June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Its Pelkwijk, not Pelwijk. But thanks for mentioning me :)

  • Melody
    June 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    @ Julius — Fixed!

  • John B
    June 29, 2012 at 3:49 am

    First I updated to ReplactorG 037 and when a print was finished it would bottom out after the print and produce horrible grinding noise. I then updated the firmware 5.5 and now the the platform won’t drop after the first layer. This is after regenerating the gcode. Anyone else have this problem? I was able to print before the 5.5 firmware.

    • Melody
      June 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

      @ John B. — I’ve created a support ticket for you. Keep an eye out for the email notification and we’ll help you figure out what’s going on.

  • Andrew
    July 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Acceleration rocks the Replicator right!

    Just made and update/install video for ReplicatorG and the Replicator Firmware for acceleration printing.




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