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M2 Smoothiebox

by TimEdwards May 22, 2015
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How does the smoothieboard compare to the RAMBo board print quality wise?

The quality is largely a function of the machine's hardware, not the firmware. The smoothieboard can get the same print quality at a bit higher speed, maybe 30% or so, due to the faster clock rate of the microprocessor; it can look further ahead for path planning.

It has other nice features, though, like the ability to remote-mount the SD card, re-flash the firmware simply by copying the hex file to the SD card, and access the printer via ethernet. I had a much older RAMBo, so I got the additional upgrade of better stepper drivers. I also like that it has more power MOSFETs than the RAMBo; I have a dedicated switch for my LED lights that I couldn't do with the RAMBo. The only improvement that I would like to see would be a single power connector in the back, rather than having several power connectors distributed around the board.