The Smoothie project is planning, as part of the documentation effort, to try to get a series of tutorial videos produced.
In order for those videos to be shot, the text and all related information for them must be written. This is a repository for the community to contribute text and other assets.
HELP EXTREMELY WELCOME. REALLY. DO IT NOW
The goal is to create extremely-beginner-friendly tutorials. Imagine you knew nothing about Smoothie, and even about CNC in general.
You have never soldered anything, never wired cables, never even used a digital fabrication machine.
But you still want to build a Smoothie-powered mahine. What kind of videos would you like to watch ? This project is that video series.
However, the intent is not to keep it at the basics, but to also go into more advanced subjects, so that this is useful to as many people as possible.
After watching the series, one should be able to install and use a Smoothieboard in any kind of machine ( 3D printer, laser, CNC router ).
The videos will also be integrated into the text-based documentation ( smoothieware.org ), which is very complete, but can be a bit hard to digest.
The end goal is to finance Thomas Sanladerer ( https://www.patreon.com/toms3dp ) to produce the series. If you are potential sponsor of that work, don't hesitate to contact us.
The call to arms to the community can be found at : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ArthurWolf/posts/WTxuh5o3kWL
List of videos
|Introduction : What is it, where to find help, a few words on safety||( Reserved by Arthur Wolf )|
|Configuration basics||( Reserved by Arthur Wolf )|
|Providing logic power||( Reserved by Arthur Wolf )|
|Talking to the board via Ethernet||( Reserved by Arthur Wolf )|
|Talking to the board via USB||( Reserved by Samer Najia )|
|What are GPIO and what are they for||( Reserved by Mark Ingle )|
|About power supplies : Power and current||( Reserved by Samer Najia )|
|Providing power to stepper motor drivers||( Reserved by Mark Ingle )|
|Stepper motors||( Reserved by Samer Najia )|
|External stepper motor drivers||( Reserved by Guy Snover )|
|Planning and motion parameters|
|Endstops||( Reserved by Mark Ingle )|
|Delta kinematics||( Reserved by Guy Snover )|
|Providing power to Mosfets, and current limitations|
|Using a Mosfet for temperature control ( hotend, bed )|
|Using a Mosfet for switching ( fan example )|
|Mosfet example : 1 hotend, 1 bed, and 1 fan|
|Using a SSR instead of a Mosfet|
|PID and PID auto-tuning|
|Preventing 3D printer fires|
|Work coordinate system/G54|
|Connecting and configuring a panel|
|Troubleshooting : common general problems|
|Troubleshooting : EMI and ground loops|
|Using the UART Serial port|
|Gcode basics ( G1, G2, G92, G91/90 )|
Ideas for additional videos :
- A tour of the different Smoothieboards and their peripherals/features
- A short explanation of Smoothie's internals
- A tour of various endstops and probes and how to use them all
- Using the ESP8826 ( once that is actually implemented )
- Connecting and using a CHIP or a Raspi
- Tour of the various extension boards
- How to protect a board with a fuse
- Quick rundown of all you need to do to get a Smoothie to work, without details, just to get an idea of the process