32 Bit 3D Printer Boards are becoming more and more common. With recent firmware releases and new developments x32 3d printer boards are the new trend in 3D Printer control. These boards have more powerful processing power and operate the machine with more capabilities. Here is a brief overview comparison of 32 Bit 3D Printer Boards we have been watching evolve.
32 Bit 3D Printer Boards Comparison
|Mainboard||Image||MSRP $USD||Processor Type||Stepper Drivers||Heater Ports||Fan Ports||OnBoard Wifi||Firmware Type|
|Duet Wifi||$169.99||ARM-Cortex M3 SAM4E8E||OnBoard TMC2660||3||5||Yes||Open-Source|
|Replicape with BeagleBone Black||$149.00||ARM Cortex-A8 AM335x||OnBoard TMC2100||3||4||Add-On Module||Proprietary|
|Re-ARM with RAMPS 1.4||$52.50||ARM-Cortex M3 LPC1768||External||3||3||None||Open-Source|
|Arduino DUE with RADDS 1.5||$71.95||ARM-Cortex M3 SAM3X8E||External||4||2||None||Open-Source|
|Smoothieboard 4x||$134.97||ARM-Cortex M3 LPC1769||OnBoard A5984||4||3||None||Open-Source|
|Archim 1.0||$170.00||ARM-Cortex M3 SAM3X8E||OnBoard DRV8825||4||2||None||Open-Source|
|MKS SBASE 1.3||$60.99||ARM-Cortex M3 LPC1768||OnBoard DRV8825||3||1||None||Open-Source|
|Arduino DUE with RAMPS-FD||$45.99||ARM-Cortex M3 SAM3X8E||External||2||2||None||Open-Source|
|Lerdge-X||$45.99||ARM Cortex M4 STM32||External||2||2||Add-On Module||Proprietary|
|Panucatt Azteeg X5||$113.00||ARM-Cortex M3 LPC1769||External||2||3||Yes||Open-Source|
How we compared the 32 Bit 3D Printer Boards
We tried to find the most available boards in the market. The prices are based on USD Retail Prices as of Jan 2018 and if the boards were shields we factored in the additional hardware needed. The layout displays some basic specs that may be of interest when shopping for a 32 Bit 3D Printer board and keep in mind most heater and fan ports are interchangeable depending on the mosfet rating. Additional fans and other components can be added to spare pins but we left that out of this comparison.
Duet Wifi Mainboard
These 32 Bit 3D Printer boards typically run a particular branch of RepRapFirmware. The Duet family can all be controlled through a web interface, but they also support a touchscreen called the PanelDue. They all have a connector for an expansion board containing additional stepper drivers and I/O circuitry – the DueX4 for the Duet 0.6 and 0.8.5, and the DueX2 and DueX5 for the Duet WiFi and Duet Ethernet.
The firmware for the Duet family of boards is open-source, but most users should not need to modify the firmware itself, only working with settings stored on the internal SD card. Nevertheless it is a good idea to update your Duet to the most recent stable firmware. – source
Replicape with BeagleBone Black
The Replicape is a blazing fast 32 bit 3d printer board. It runs on with a BeagleBone Black, with a 1GHz CPU and two 200MHz PRUs.
The Replicape is extremely versatile. Control up to five 2 amp stepper motors, two servos and four fans.
The Replicape is stealthly silent. Uses industry leading TMC 2100 stepper motor drivers, which have incredible low noise.
The Replicape is smart and connected. Interact with your printer via browser while simultaneously printing. –source
Re-ARM with RAMPS 1.4
The Re-Arm micro controller board is more powerful and built with a faster processor, enabling faster feed rates for you 3D printer. The board has an SD card slot for firmware and configuration files, but also supports a second SD card connected via an LCD screen for project file loading. Having a separate configuration file outside of the firmware makes settings changes much easier than other boards which require new firmware for any and all settings changes. The configuration is a text file, making changes from a computer easy and fast. –source
Arduino DUE with RADDS 1.5
The RepRap Arduino-Due Driver Shield is a daughter board for the 32-bit Arduino Due. Although similar to the 8 bit RAMPS board it offers much more processing power and enables your 3D printer to print faster with greater precision.
12bit ADC (analog to digital converter) has been upgraded from 10 to 12 bit. Now temperature calculation is done on 4096 measure points instead of 1024. This gives a 4x better temperature resolution and improves the precision of temperature readings.
In addition to better temperature resolution, the new firmware includes an algorithm that uses 660 measure points to extrapolate results. This elevates the RADDS to a new level of temperature control for RepRap 3D printing. –source
The Smoothieboards are numerical fabrication controllers designed to run the Open-Source Smoothieware firmware, by a community of volunteers.
They come into a range of different versions, with different feature sets and advantages.
All Smoothieboards are designed to run on the most powerful hardware in their price range at the time of their conception, to be easy to expand for new and adventurous uses, to be easy to develop on, and to be simple to use for normal users.
Smoothieboard v1 has been the first released Smoothieboard and has received several updates.
It has gone from an experimental project to a widely used and acclaimed system.
The board comes in 3 versions, 3X, 4X and 5X, with different sets of peripherals each. –source
This is Archim v1.0a. The Archim Rambo 1.0 board is an all in one 3D printer motherboard. It is an original RAMBo style design with the Atmel SAM3X8E processor (same as Arduino Due) and DRV8825 stepper drivers all on one integrated PCB. Archim is named after the mathematician Archimedes. The RAMBo stands for (R)epRap (A)rduino-compatible (M)other (Bo)ard.
Major Features – 5 x integrated 1/32th microstep motor drivers, 6 total PWM Mosfet outputs, 4 thermistor inputs, pwm motor current control (no tiny knobs to tweak), SMPS supports hostless printing on power supply voltages from 10-24V DC, 3 independent ATC fuse protected power rails, native Full Speed USB protected by an ADUM isolator, high quality connectors. It is supported by the Arduino IDE environment using the third party url board feature for easier firmware development. –source
MKS SBASE 1.3
Arduino DUE with RAMPS-FD (Discontinued)
The only safe version of Ramps-FD is the V2.A, issued in February 2014. Former versions present high safety risks which were solved by the V2 issue. Unfortunately, The only Ramps-FD available on the market is yet (february 2016) on revision 1.2, while its manufacturer was repeatedly advised that the only safe version is the 2.A. Beware of confusing wording and absence of clear board revision mention from sellers. So, till the issue of a 2.A version, the Ramps-FD board shall be avoided. If you buy one, its better destination is a shelf for component reuse or a bin if you don’t have the knowledge or will to modify it.
Arduino Due is the new Arduino board that is using an ARM Cortex M3 CPU. The Atmel SAM3X8E chip used on the Due operates at 3.3V and is not compatible with 5V. Therefore the RAMPS shield will not work with Due, and worse applying 5V to the Due’s inputs will likely damage the chip. Therefore there are several possibilities: create a new RAMPS variant which is compatible with the Due. Possibly could also be made backwards compatible with Mega. create a RAMPS Interface Board (RIB) to sit between Due and RAMPS to perform level-shifting, and any other needed functions.
Among Lerdge 3D Printer boards, Lerdge-X is a highly integrated control board designed for the Small 3D Printers, Educational 3D Printers and Entry-level 3D Printers. The mainboard uses a 32-bit coretx-M4 Core control unit, strong and stable performance, feature-rich, price concessions. With 3.5-inch full-color IPS LCD touch screen, it brings the simple and smooth operation. The motherboard uses an open interface, are free to match different motor drive modules (A4988, DRV88225, LV8729, TMC2100 and external driver, etc.) to meet different customer needs. Motherboard optimizes limit switch connection, and with a comprehensive line protection design.
Panucatt Azteeg X5
The X5 mini WIFI is a 32 bit ARM based Motion controller for 3D printers, CNC Machines and Laser cutters. The X5 mini runs on Smoothieware firmware and is based on Smoothieboard by the awesome Arthur Wolf. The X5 mini WIFI uses the powerful 32bit, 120Mhz NXP LPC1769 ARM chip capable of faster calculations for faster and smoother movements without breaking a sweat.
Configuration is easier using a text based config file loaded on the SD card, no need to upload firmware every time you make a change. Just edit the config file from your PC then reboot the board with the new config and you’re done.
Wifi Module has its own separate web control page to control and operate the printer remotely. You can transfer files directly to the main SD card and edit the config file on any PC, Phone or Tablet using Wifi. Web Control can also display video when using an IP camera. Wifi Module firmware custom made by Luc Lebosse. –source
Which 32 bit 3D Printer board do you like best? We have out eye on the Replicape and RADDS. Replicape has some great benefits using the Beagle Bone. RADDS is also compatible with the UDOO SBC Line which is very interesting heh heh. But the Duet Wifi seems to be the most popular choice these days.
Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments! Did we get something wrong? Yep, it happens drop us some intel and we’ll update the post. If you need help or are a beginner in 3D Printing and want to get started, check out our post: http://3daddict.com/beginner-guide-marlin-printer-firmware/
And happy printing…