After reading through many threads and trying many suggestions, it has come to this. Just start a new thread.
I use ft5_marlin_v3Firmware
Cura 15.04.6 Updating now to Cura 4.12.1
Pronterface Printrun 2014.08.01
Where can I find the latest firmware for the FT-5?
and Is this stock controller worth keeping?
Should I get another for a backup or change it all together?
Should I use another software slicer?
---The long winded venting of frustration---
I bought my Ft-5 back in 2017. I also purchased a silicone heat pad and a mosfet controller but did not install them. I wanted to start stock and take steps while learning the machine and 3D printing.
Took a week to assemble, (Marrrvelous instructions:confused:) and was able to print the robot several times before packing it up in a custom case and moved south. Darn encoder was damaged and due to life and so on, It wasn't until a few weeks ago I was able to get back to it.
Bought a new encoder/s, (minimum of 5) back in March. I now have replaced the damaged encoder and installed the heat bed upgrade.
Used a piece of, well it is often used in horse stalls for a mat, for the insulation layer and a tooling grade piece of aluminum for the heat bed. It is guaranteed FLAT!
Tried a couple of other "things" first but were not flat enough. Couldn't get the bed level.
Through the time I had spent trying to level the bed, with the other "things", I have had continuous issues with the axis homing from.
I have manually set the hot end to all the end stops with power off then power up and reset.Try to home Z and it would ask to home X and Y first.
Okay. This functions correctly.
Press "Home X Button", X stops at zero/end stop. Press "Home Y Button", and Y stops at zero/end stop. Z moves to 5 before X or Y homes but will not go back to 0. (Not home. just zero)
I press the z home and I get the "Z probe out. bed"
Press the all home button the printer then moves to X117 Y228 Z0.7 ...What the F^(K.
Use the printer LCD interface to auto home and it goes to the endstops and returns to X117 Y228 Z0.7.
The Z end stop is triggered.
I have tried commenting out some Z probe defines in Arduino. (Suggestions from other peoples threads) with no avail.
After several nights, many hours, reloaded the stock firmware and tried every thing again.
The only success is I have a extremely level bed.
100% guaranteed by the manufacturer.
I'm going to try the robot print now and will be busy for a few hours.
Hopefully some one can help curve my frustration.
5 hours later...
I installed Ultimaker Cura-3.2.1-win64. Started it and tells me there is another update.
So I install Ultimaker_Cura-4.12.1-amd64. Started it and throws an error box...
So I uninstalled 4.12.1 and reinstalled 3.2.1.
Decided to try and print a camera base for a tripod I drew up. Simple enough.
Made some print adjustments and saved it...was looking for the "PRINT" to start and then noticed it had started doing something...heat the bed?
THEN, after many hours of working on this thing I am accustom to hearing the fans run...suddenly, quiet. No more fans. LCD was lit...LED's lit...no fans.