- verifying that each axis getting power
- dialing in current settings on the stepper drivers
- making sure that stepper directions are set correctly
- hot end and temp sensor working correctly
- able to move x and z axis
- x-axis moves in opposite direction
- Inverted the movement direction for x axis in Marlin firmware and now it moves in correct direction
- z-axis moves but not well
- increased current to steppers using trim-pot on Pololu board to max current (I did try decreasing also but no movement at all at lower current) and it moves more reliably
- no movement on y-axis
- doesn't seem to be getting any voltage – can turn motor with no resistance, even when sending moves in opposite direction.
- Extruder moves when stepper driver is set at max current but with very little force (light pressure from 1 finger stops rotation)
My main goal Sunday to figure out why the Y-axis is not moving/ getting power. I tried connecting the Y axis motor to the X axis controller (using the original Y axis wiring) and the motor works. Testing the Y axis controller with other stepper motors resulted in no movement. Switching out driver boards – still no movement on Y axis.
To get a cleaner test I removed all wires/plugs/boards from the RAMPS board (including the Arduino Mega) and carefully re-connected everything (or so I thought). Once I was done re-assembling everything I switched on power to the board and... POOF the x-axis stepper board let out smoke and my computer shut down. I instantly cut the power off but I was to late. On close inspection of the stepper driver board I saw that I had plugged it in incorrectly (2 pins were hanging off the end). It turns out that not only did I kill the stepper board I also rendered the Mega useless because the USB-to-serial converter on the board got fried, so I can power the board but serial communication is essentially gone.
I guess I've earned another one of these badges http://www.adafruit.com/products/565
I ordered a new Mega board and another RAMPS board (just to be safe since I can't test the one I have). I think I need a higher voltage PSU to power the stepper motors that I have (minimum voltage for them is 12V) but the good news is that since I am not using a heated bed my total power requirements are lower that I thought.