Introduction: Marlin-config

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Everybody knows about most popular firmware for various 3d printers named as Marlin Firmware. Its ability is so wide and extends quickly due to a lot of people working about it.

Huge amount of options and abilities confuses everybody, who sees it at first time.

For simplifying and speed-up configuration process with the firmware - I want to introduce this tool

It works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux (.deb and .AppImage)

Step 1: Installation

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1. Go to the github releases page and download file for your operation system

2. There is one dependency for work it is GIT . It must be installed before with default configuration, if you don't have it

Step 2: Running

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At first You need just any empty folder(on your desktop or home folder - do not use a name folder "Marlin" !!!) where will be deployed the marlin repository.

Then run the marlin-conf application and choose this folder, after selecting folder it will download the firmware (it can take a minute - real size of repository about 50 Mb)

At second run you can select the same folder and it will be faster, because will be used previous downloaded repository

Step 3: Uploading Your Previous Configuration

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There are two ways upload your previous configuration: drag these files into browser or open these from from folder on the disk using 'Upload' -> 'Files' button

Step 4: Customizing

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There are four tabs in this application and each has sections

For quick navigation you can use right sided navigation bar

Each line has yellow button with sigh '?' at the end - which can help you to understand the option

Also helpful can be 'G-codes' tab

Step 5: Compilation and Uploading Firmware

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If you have installed Arduino and like this project - just open from it this folder and do it

But here is another way to compile and firmware your hardware is PlatformIO project which support a lot of platforms and IoT devices and do it quickly

After its installation, described on project page and restarting marlin-conf application, you can press 'Compile' button and all packages and libraries will be downloaded and installed automatically

If compilation is succeeded - press 'Flash' button to firmware your device

Step 6: Interacting With Printer

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This step can be used at any time(without customizing and flashing)

Press 'Consoles' button - and in new window you get list of your serial ports with ability to select speed and open it

Also you can use 'Command' helper to operate with printer's head - it so usable when debugging hardware and firmware

On main page of application is the tab with G-codes - It can help you too

Comments

AndersE16 (author)2017-08-19

I installed GIT then the setup.2.7.11.exe, but it won't install, complains about GIT must be installed..But i just did that (with all defaults).

tjsoco (author)AndersE162017-09-08

I had the same problem. It seems that that problem goes away if you run GIT GUI, click on Create a new repository and then when you are done, close GIT GUI. Now you can install marlin-conf.

BrunoP18 (author)tjsoco2017-10-02

Even after opening GIT GUI and creating a new repository the Marlin Configuration tool still asks for the GIT....... Please could you help? Do I need to reboot the computer?

Zach Sousa (author)2017-09-26

Thanks for this! Very useful for testing each setting because of how simple the layout is.

tjsoco (author)2017-09-07

I'm excited about this tool, because I can't get Marlin 1.1.5 to support G29 on my delta printer. Perhaps I have a mistake in configuration, so I want to try out your tool. You say "after selecting folder it will download the firmware (it can take a minute - real size of repository about 50 Mb)", but it isn't downloading. It's been an hour and the target folder is still empty. If I download Marlin 1.1.5 on my own it takes 10 seconds. I can run marlin-conf again and select the folder again, but I always get the same result. No download. I'm using Win10. Do you have any suggestions?

akajes (author)tjsoco2017-09-08

must be installed the GIT but not GIT GUI, after installing You can check working with Menu-R cmd <Enter> git <Enter> - if You get an error then reinstall the GIT with default settings https://git-scm.com/downloads

RobinM156 (author)2017-09-05

Hi, could you help me out plz, i installed git and then the app, i made a folder and put marlin 1.1.5 into it, i then changed the config file with one from the hypercube EVO, every time i open the app, it wants me to select the map, then it gives a message it wil download or do something, but the program doesnt start up? I cant get to step 3 ...

Swansong (author)2017-07-24

Welcome to Instructables! Thanks for sharing :)