Replicape Rev B techspecs

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Tech Specs


There are five TMC2100 Stepper Motor Controllers (SMDs) on Replicape which support bipolar and hybrid varieties.

With the board oriented as in the above image, the wires for the steppers are:

1, 2, 3, 4 = OA2, OA1, OB1, OB2


This pin out is different from Rev B2.

The peak current is rated at 2.5 A, with an RMS current pr phase of 1.2 A.

The Replicape is designed to operate without active cooling but the TMC2100 can get quite hot if peak current is sustained, especially with several stepper motors operating simultaneously. The SMDs have over te$

While the TMC2100 stepper drivers are designed to be very quiet, high coil resistance prevents reaching the current limit causing the steppers to give off a high pitched sound.

If you are experiencing this, you might want to experiment with the "stealth mode" which will silence all steppers. See the microstepping configuration <ConfigStepperMicrostepping> section for m$

To calculate if the current limit is reached or not, you can calculate the maximum coil resistance for a given input voltage. If the input voltage is 12V and you want to run your steppers on 1A current limit, t$


Some smaller stepper motors are known to produce a high
pitch noise and get very warm even with a low current setting. They will appear to work, but they may very well burn do to the large heat being produced.


Hot end and heat bed connections use Molex brand screw terminal connectors for easy connection and easy removal.

In addition to the ruggedness, the bed connector has double connections for redundancy if one wire were to come loose and for handling the larger power load.

All the heaters are controlled with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) using SIRA34DP-T1-GE3 power MOSFeTs with a maximum voltage of$

For a 12V Power Supply Unit (PSU), this means that the maximum power that can be used on the heated bed is 32 A x 12 V = 384 W. Please remember that there is a 20 A fuse preventing such a large power use on the heated bed. The 20 A fuse is installed to keep the traces on the PCB from over heating.


The thermistor inputs on Replicape have been designed for 100 K NTC thermistors which are most commonly used for desktop 3D-printers. 10K thermistors can also be used, however the voltage divider setup makes th$


A thermocouple is not supported out of the box and requires some extra care in order to work. Most importantly is to use a voltage divider on the signal so it is $

Additionally, the input needs to be connected to AIN0..AIN3 (pins P9_37...P9_40).

The analog inputs used needs to be enabled by a device tree overlay, ideally by editing the current DTO.

Finally, the software needs to be hacked to make use of the new analog input and conversion.

Inductive sensors


Inductive sensors is typically mounted on the end stop marked Z2.

If you have an NPN (sinking) sensor, you can mount it directly on there.

A PNP (sourcing) type will need an added pull-down resistor externally between the signal and ground on the sensor. The value is not important, as long as it can comfortably pull a 4.7K resistor low; 1K should $

DS18B20 temperature sensors


The connector marked Dallas W1 can be used for connecting temperature sensors of the type DS18B20. These are relatively low temperature sensors that can handle up to 125 degrees Celsius and are typically used f$


Fans (or any other devices) can be PWM controlled by the four AO7400, which have a maximum voltage of 30 V and a current rating of 1.7A.

Switches as end stops


All the end stops have 4.7K (47K on Rev B3) pull-up resistors on the signal lines. Therefore, the best way to connect switches is between the signal and ground pins on the connectors. If the switches have can b$

The signals on the end stops as as follows: | pin 1, square, signal (yellow wire in Fritzing diagram above) | pin 2, round, GND (black wire in Fritzing diagram above) | pin 3, round, VCC (red wire in Fritzing d$


Replicape is powered through a single 12 to 24 V power supply. This powers the BeagleBone as well, through a 5V step down converter. It also supplies 12V for fans and the inductive sensor. If the USB device con$


If you power the BBB but not the the Replicape, the BBB will not be able
to properly communicate with it, and you will get an error such as kamikaze redeem[675]: Error accessing 0x70: Check your I2C address or, 1) IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or di$