Why should I install Marlin?

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PsicoPete
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Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 346Post PsicoPete
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:23 am

Hi guys,

Well I guess the title is self explanatory. Why should I install Marlin firmware on my A8 printer?
What are the advantages over the stock firmware? Are there any disadvantages one should consider before doing it?

Thank you.



freddan_6
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Re: Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 357Post freddan_6
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:16 pm

Heatbed and hotend thermal runaway protection is best
Possibility to add autolevel is also good

WarHawk8080
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Re: Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 416Post WarHawk8080
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:22 pm

I have been successfully running Skynet V1.1 for about a year I would say..no issues

Is Marlin really that much different? It is a flavor of marlin correct?

freddan_6
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Re: Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 438Post freddan_6
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:35 am

It is an unsupported flavor of an old marlin. The first one with support for Anet A8. Now that the support of Anet A8 is integrated into marlin it is of very little meaning of using it. If you run into problem the answer will be "upgrade to marlin".

WarHawk8080
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Re: Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 440Post WarHawk8080
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:52 am

Cool didn't know it was integrated with Marlin now...awesome

So the configuration.h and everything is pre-set, no need to do any crazy tweaking?

Might go ahead and update it then...just have to make sure I take everything from configuration.h and move it over

Thanks

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kckndrgn
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Re: Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 444Post kckndrgn
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:30 pm

WarHawk8080 wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:52 am
So the configuration.h and everything is pre-set, no need to do any crazy tweaking?
Isn't crazy tweaking one of the main reasons to flash marlin? :D
Printing on 2 Anet A8 printers. One from SainSmart another purchased used.

WarHawk8080
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Re: Why should I install Marlin?

Post: # 474Post WarHawk8080
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:38 am

kckndrgn wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:30 pm
WarHawk8080 wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:52 am
So the configuration.h and everything is pre-set, no need to do any crazy tweaking?
Isn't crazy tweaking one of the main reasons to flash marlin? :D
Ah....forgot the whole "fix it till it's broke" aspect of our hobby ;)

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