0.4.15 Released

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Doug
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0.4.15 Released

Post by Doug » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:23 pm

Firmware version 0.4.15 was released on 11/11/20. Here's what's in it:
1. Added ability to disable the internal WiFi antenna so a USB WiFi dongle can be used.

As many of you know, the WiFi capabilities of the Buildbotics Controller are somewhat limited because the built-in WiFi antenna is inside the metal enclosure. I have been testing out a USB WiFi dongle and it really helps. Unfortunately, it causes some confusion by conflicting with the built-in WiFi interface. 0.4.15 provides the ability to disable the built-in Wifi so you can use this dongle. Here is a link to the one that I am using

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9 ... UTF8&psc=1

2. Fixed problems with the Jogging screen on the 'Jogging' tab on the Control page.

There were instances where the machine would continue to jog after you have released the button, especially with touch screens. These problems are resolved.

3. Fixed the problem where the browser would disconnect while creating a bug report.

4. Added the ability to turn off coolant and mist independently.

Up until 0.4.15, M7 would turn on 'Load 1', 'M8' would turn on 'Load 2', and 'M9' would turn them both off. Some of our customers wanted the ability to turn them off one at a time. So, we added M7.1 to turn off 'Load 1' and M8.1 to turn off 'Load 2'. BTW, M9 still turns them both off.

5. Added support for the Hitachi WJ200 VFD.

6. Added Stall Detect Homing

You can now configure your machine for stall detect homing. This means that you can home your machine without limit switches. it's a bit tricky to configure, but once you get it going it's pretty cool. Here is a link to a video that demonstrates is on one of our machines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhy1zkMl3tY

7. Added ability to set #5400 and #<_tool> and access #<_timestamp> GCode parameters.

For those of you that like to write GCode programs from scratch, you can now use these parameters in your programs. #<_tool> allows you to determine the tool that is currently in use. #<_timestamp> allows you to print the start, stop and end times with time stamps.

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Re: 0.4.15 Released

Post by Skyler » Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:31 pm

The stall homing seems like an expecially cool feature. Could you provide some documentation on what the stall homing related settings do in practice and the general procedure for finding optimal values for those settings?

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Re: 0.4.15 Released

Post by Doug » Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:11 pm

OK, I posted a short explanation in the Frequently Asked Questions board. Here's a link to that posting.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=199

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Re: 0.4.15 Released

Post by Skyler » Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:47 pm

Perfect, thanks for that write up! That would be a great thing to add to the manual if it isn't in there already.

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