Maestro Boards Are Ready for Delivery

Posted By: Duet3D - View: public

Aug 7, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Dear Backers,

Thank you for supporting the partnership between Duet3D and M3D with your purchase of the Duet 2 Maestro control board. Our goal was to make an affordable controller that would turn your 3D printer into a quiet, fast, and very capable machine, so we took the time to make sure that everything is well checked so we provide all backers with the highest quality product. 

As you may remember from previous updates, we were collecting feedback from early beta testers so we could work out any difficulties before sending the board to the masses. We can now confidently say that this process has been wrapped up and gold-plated Maestro boards are in stock and ready for backer deliveries!


COMPLETING ORDERS

Backers from the early delivery batch will start receiving email invitations prompting them to complete checkout and confirm order details on FitForLaunch this week. The second batch will follow shortly as well. During the checkout process, you will be able to verify that your delivery information is correct, complete shipping payment, and purchase accessories and add-ons that you can use to improve the capabilities of your 3D printer even further, such as:

And more! This is a unique opportunity to add popular accessories to your Maestro package and combine shipping, so we strongly recommend taking advantage of add-ons and special deals offered to you. Please keep in mind that your backer checkout on FitForLaunch will be locked as soon as your order ships and you will have to pay shipping separately to purchase accessories at a later date.


SHIPPING

Once your order is completed, you can expect to receive a tracking number in a separate email within 1 week or according to the ETA of your chosen add-ons. M3D expects to ship most (if not all) Maestro boards this month.


WHEN YOUR MAESTRO ARRIVES

When your Maestro arrives, we encourage everyone to inspect the shipment and test all boards as soon as possible. In the rare possibility that you run into difficulties with your board, this needs to be reported to M3D within 7 days from delivery at DuetMaestro@printm3d.com.

Just a friendly reminder that Duet control boards are intended for experienced users and individuals that will take all appropriate precautions to make sure that everything is wired correctly and connected devices are compatible based on Duet documentation. M3D will not be responsible for damage that is determined to be caused by the user.


RESOURCES

As you start powering up your Maestro control board, we prepared a list of helpful resources to help you get started:

Thank you everyone for your support, and happy printing!


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Sourcing of Retail Components and Early Deliveries

Posted By: Duet3D - View: public

May 23, 2018 - 4:59 PM

ATTN: BETA TESTERS

Thank you to those who submitted requests to participate in Maestro beta testing! M3D is processing all submissions and you should be receiving an invite to confirm your shipping details on FitForLaunch soon.


New orders are still being accepted for the fastest possible delivery to those willing to participate in testing of early Maestro units. If you would like to become a beta tester and receive your order two months ahead of schedule, please send your FitForLaunch order number to DuetMaestro@printm3d.com. We ask beta testers to have previous experience with 3D printing and control boards to be able to provide sufficient feedback on the Duet 2 Maestro before it gets released to the public.


WHAT’S NEXT? SOURCING FOR RETAIL PACKAGES IS IN THE WORKS

As we test and prepare to deliver the first boards to FitForLaunch customers, Duet3D is also working with M3D to source the add-ons for Maestro’s retail package (connectors, stickers, box,packing foam) to meet both teams’ high quality standards.


EARLY DELIVERY FOR FITFORLAUNCH PRE-ORDERS

At the current rate of production and testing, we expect the first production batch to be ahead of schedule by a month, with deliveries starting to arrive to your doorsteps in as little as two months. We’ll keep you updated!


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First Maestro Boards Are in Testing

Posted By: Duet3D - View: public

May 4, 2018 - 5:56 PM

REFLECTING ON OUR CAMPAIGN GOALS

Before the start of this FitForLaunch campaign, we at Duet3D put a lot of effort into developing a product offering the same protections and robustness as previous releases, but at a more affordable price than our other boards. We are proud to have created the Maestro in collaboration with our American partner, M3D, and believe that we chose the perfect controller to expand the ecosystem and developmental capacity for the open source community across the globe. We dedicate the Maestro to those enthusiasts who are always exploring ways to improve their 3D printing experience.


COMPARISON OF CURRENT PRODUCTION DUETS

For our tech fans asking for comparison of Duet 2 boards, we have posted a detailed comparison to https://fitforlaunch.com/projects/duet-2-maestro and will include a copy below, so please be sure to take a look. With Duet 2 Maestro, you will opt in for a better, quieter system powered by StealthChop2™ drivers with microPlyer™ technology. It will allow to achieve up to 16 times better microstepping resolution without additional demand on the controller’s microprocessor, alongside other benefits, leading to improved print quality at the lowest prices. 

FeatureDuet 2 MaestroDuet 2 EthernetDuet 2 WiFi
Price$99-129 (£72-94)$182 (£130)$168 (£120)
ProcessorATSAM4S8CATSAM4E8EATSAM4E8E
Processor featuresARM Cortex-M4, 1024KB Flash, 128KB RAMARM Cortex-M4, 512KB Flash, 128KB SRAMARM Cortex-M4, 512KB Flash, 128KB SRAM
NetworkingEthernetEthernet2.4GHz WiFi
Input power voltage (VIN)11V to 28V11V to 25V11V to 25V
Stepper drivers on-board5x TMC2224,
series connection for (optional) dual Z steppers
5x TMC2660,
series connection for (optional) dual Z steppers
5x TMC2660,
series connection for (optional) dual Z steppers
Stepper driver featuresUp to 1.6A current (undergoing thermal verification), microstep interpolation from any setting to x256, stealthChop2 for extremely quiet stepper operationUp to 2.4A current, microstep interpolation from x16 to x256, stall detectionUp to 2.4A current, microstep interpolation from x16 to x256, stall detection
Stepper driver expansionUp to 2 additional stepper drivers, either TMC2208/2224 or step/dir/enable driversUp to 7 additional stepper drivers, of which up to 5 can be TMC2660Up to 7 additional stepper drivers, of which up to 5 can be TMC2660
Heater outputsBed heater (up to 18A, undergoing thermal verification),
2x extruder heater (up to 6A each)
Bed heater (up to 18A),
2x extruder heater (up to 6A each)
Bed heater (up to 18A),
2x extruder heater (up to 6A each)
Thermistor/PT1000 inputs4 (optimized for PT1000 sensors, work well with thermistors too)33
PT100 and thermocouple daughter board support2 board (4 channels)2 boards (4 channels)2 boards (4 channels)
Heater/thermistor expansionAdditions possible with configuration, see "Other expansion" below5 more extruder heater outputs and thermistor inputs, 2 more PT100/thermocouple daughter boards (4 channels)5 more extruder heater outputs and thermistor inputs, 2 more PT100/thermocouple daughter boards (4 channels)
Endstop or filament monitor inputs5 on-board; STP pins are tolerant to accidental exposure up to 30V5 on-board, 7 expansion5 on-board, 7 expansion
Endstop status LEDsNoYesYes
Z probe connector5-pin with IN/GND/MOD/3V3/5V pins; IN pin is tolerant to accidental exposure up to 30V4-pin with IN/GND/MOD/3V3 pins4-pin with IN/GND/MOD/3V3 pins
Fans3 controlled fans, 1 always-on fan; configurable across two banks for 5V or VIN operation3 controlled fans, 2 always-on fans; select 5V or VIN operation3 controlled fans, 2 always-on fans; select 5V or VIN operation
Servo support1 servo output on-board with 5V drive (shares the output with the Z probe MOD pin and the diagnostic LED)Up to 5 via expansion connector (3.3V drive unless expansion board used)Up to 5 via expansion connector (3.3V drive unless expansion board used)
Power monitoringVIN voltageVIN voltage and input to on-board 5V regulatorVIN voltage and input to on-board 5V regulator
LCD supportPanelDue color touch screen (supported),
12864 mono graphics display (firmware support pending)
PanelDue color touch screen (supported)PanelDue color touch screen (supported)
Other expansion2 pins usable as analog inputs, GPIO, or UART; 2 pins usable as GPIO or I2C, e.g. to control 16 GPIO pins on third-party SX1509B-based I/O expansion board4 GPIO pins on Duex2/Duex5 expansion board; 6 additional fan outputs on Duex2/Duex5 expansion board; 16 GPIO pins on third-party SX1509B-based I/O expansion board4 GPIO pins on Duex2/Duex5 expansion board; 6 additional fan outputs on Duex2/Duex5 expansion board; 16 GPIO pins on third-party SX1509B-based I/O expansion board
RepRapFirmware versions available1.x series, 2.0 series1.x series, 2.0 series1.x series, 2.0 series

Remember to pre-order this industry-dominating board NOW to get the best deal. 


DUET 2 MAESTRO ENCLOSURE

To truly welcome the Maestro to the Duet family, we have re-designed the previous Duet enclosure to fit the Duet 2 Maestro:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2888317



FIRST BOARDS ARE IN TESTING

We recently received the first batch of boards and, together with M3D, have started extensive testing of the very first Duet 2 Maestro controllers. We are evaluating their performance with the following tests:


  • Delta, Cartesian and CoreXY 3D printers: We don't expect any issues because the firmware shares source code with the other Duet 2 boards such as WiFi and Ethernet. 3D printers that have already passed the tests include the M3D Promega and Crane 3D printers, Makerbot Replicator 2X, Delta.

  • LCD/Encoder interface: No menu system exists in firmware today, but the LCD hardware has been tested and confirmed working with the Maestro.

  • PanelDue interface: Has been tested and confirmed working.

  • Thermistor and PT1000: Both options have been tested and confirmed working.

  • CPU temperature reporting: Has been tested and confirmed working.

  • Bed and power conversion section thermal testing: Tests are underway to determine the maximum safe heated bed current and, separately, 5V system draw, based on thermal considerations.

  • Motors: We’ve run motors on both 12V and 24V input power.

  • Drivers: We ran tests on the stepper drivers to see what the maximum stepper motor currents we can use before the drivers start to report temperature warnings, both with and without fan cooling. The drivers didn't reach the shutdown temperature in any of the tests and we can state that these components have been tested and confirmed working. We will likely repeat these tests with passive cooling (small heat sinks) installed on top of the drivers.

  • IR sensors: Have been tested and confirmed working.

  • Breakout boards and M3D’s new extruder expansion board: Testing underway.

  • Ethernet: Has been tested and confirmed working.

  • USB: Has been tested and confirmed working.

  • SD card support: Has been tested and confirmed working.

  • Firmware: Currently we have two series of firmware, the 1.21 stable release (which will shortly get a 1.21.1 maintenance release) and the 2.0 beta series. For the Maestro we would like to support only the 2.0 series to ensure that Maestro users will only have the latest and greatest!


BETA TESTERS WANTED

As Duet3D and M3D are testing the boards on their own, we also have some early demo units to send to beta testers and reviewers, as well as 3D printing influencers who have experience with evaluation of technical products. If you have a YouTube channel or website dedicated to 3D printing, please fill out the application on M3D’s website to help us test the boards and share your own honest opinions with the community:


https://store.printm3d.com/pages/reviewers


We are looking for seasoned 3D printing users with previous hands-on 3D printing experience to give us constructive feedback, privately or publicly. If you are a professional reviewer, please have previous videos available publicly so we could evaluate the quality and consistency of your content in order to be considered. Due to the limited number of available boards, we will only reach out to applicants who meet our requirements.


FitForLaunch customers are welcome to participate in beta testing and will be given priority with the earliest possible delivery dates as a thank you for their contribution to the community! If you would like to become a beta tester and receive your order by the end of May (2 months ahead of schedule!), please send your FitForLaunch order number to DuetMaestro@printm3d.com.


Thank you for supporting Duet3D and the open source community with your purchase!


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