Replicator v5.5 firmware vs v6.0
Elbot <tomasre...@gmail.com> Sep 25 05:09AM -0700
Is 6.0 firmware optimzed for Makerware or ReplicatorG? If the answer is
ReplicatorG, then do I have to download and install a new version of
just trying to decide whether or not to install the new firmware.
how often on average do they come out with firmware updates?
I've printed using the 6.0 firmware on my Replicator, using both PLA and
ABS, from both ReplicatorG and MakerWare, and using both Skeinforge and
Miracle-Grue, and both extruders, and all combinations worked fine. MBI
comes out with firmware updates fairly rarely - about once every six
months. The firmware is all on github, so you can download and build more
often, as there's work going on more often (more frequently leading up to
releases, of course). As far as the 6.0 software goes, it's got some very
nice enhancements. In particular, being able to pause in mid-print and do
things (e.g. change filament) makes swapping colors easier, and it supports
a 'cold' pause, heating back up on resume. Others on the list have reported
improve accelerated print quality (less ringing).