Alternatives to the RAMPS MEGA combo


#1

Are alternatives to the RAMPS & MEGA combo compatible with the farmbot software?
Megatronics board: http://reprap.org/wiki/Megatronics_3.0
Or Iduino Mega with RAMPS

These alternatives seem cheaper (Iduino) or more compact (Megatronics), but are there any foreseeable performance or compatibility issues?


#2

Any Arduino or ‘Arduino Compatible’ board should work with the software. One limitation is that there must be enough pins to operate all of the peripherals FarmBot needs. A different board would likely need a different configuration file in order to map the functions to the right pins, though that is a minor detail that could be accommodated for very easily.

The main reason we’re using the MEGA/RAMPS combo is because it is the most common combo for the set of abilities we need, and for that reason it has the most community support and greatest availability. Most DIY 3D printers use this combo, and it is only when one needs more motors, higher current, or desires a different form factor do they move to one of the other boards out there, and yes there are a lot! Here is a partial list.


#3

Some clone Mega2560 Board use CH341 as USB-Serial controller and it is showed as /dev/ttyUSB0 in Linux. It seems FarmbBot OS do not support CH341 in the kernel! Will it be support in the future or I have to switch to orginal Mega2560 board that supprot /dev/ttyACM0?


#5

I am building a release right now that should fix your problem. You should be able to hit the update button in about an hour to fix it.


#6

Test the fw-v2.0.6-arduino-fix.img but fail.

Following is CH341 USB-Serial registered on my Ubuntu 16.04.