LCD Displays & Control Panels

Overview

This page lists the various solutions for adding an LCD display and on-board control panel to a Cupcake. With these, un-tethered/computer-less monitoring and printing is possible. These are advanced modifications requiring third-party hardware and experimental firmware. The solutions currently available are:

  1. Zaggo's Extruder solution
  2. Revar's Motherboard solution
  3. Tony Buser's iControl Panel

Zaggo/Pleasant Software's Solution

Zaggo added an LCD display to the extruder board of his Cupcake in November 02009. This solution enables monitoring of extruder and heated build platform temperatures. He has two posts describing the mod on the Pleasant Software blog: LCD on a MakerBot, More LCD testing. It requires custom code available in the G3Firmware repository on GitHub.

Hardware

Firmware

Instructions

There is no complete set of instructions. Assembly instructions are on the Pleasant Software blog. Usage instructions are not available as of 02010-04-27.

Revar's Solution

Revar Desmera added an LCD display and 16-key keypad to the motherboard of his MakerBot in February 02010. His solution utilizes hardware components from Modtronix in Australia, and custom code modifications. This solution enables un-tethered printing, file selection on the SD card, printing gcode files, and most functions of the ReplicatorG Control Panel.

Hardware

Firmware

Instructions

Assembly instructions can be found here. More assembly instructions are spread between the MakerBot Operators group and Revar's blog. Usage instructions are minimal, but can also be found in the assembly instructions page.

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