Fired up my machine for the first time a few weeks ago. It all worked impressively out of the box, except for some minor squewing issues. I was truely impressed with the whole system. Then during jobs it started to throw errors where the motors werent keeping up with their expected positions. This problem happened more and more often until eventually this error wouldnt clear in the ground control software. Eeprom clear didn’t help.
Now it will pass the Left motor test, but not the Right motor or Z motor, and the Right motor makes a funny buzz sound like it’s missing steps. Swapped over the left and right motor cables and tried again. This causes the other (Left) motor to make the same sounds that the right motor did… this suggests to me it’s not the motors. Not sure if it’s related or not, but I could never get a solid state relay to stay on constantly using aux 1 to control the router - it pulsed on and off.
This suggests to me that it’s the maslow shield, the arduino, or the power supply is under current. My first thought is one of the motor driver IC’s has fried. Am I heading in the right direction here?
The standard maslow shield is out of stock so I have ordered the other type that is listed in the community garden to replace the standard one. This introduces another issue… can I add my own Aux1 somewhere to it?
But my main issue is, I’m hooked now. It’s a really clever machine, and I’m itching to get going again with it so if it is something else faulty that I haven’t considered I’d like to order a replacement for that sooner rather than later.