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efvee
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What's that USB-C port for?

Stupid question maybe, but what's the purpose of that USB-C port on the Buddy board? Can I add a camera there?

Posted : 01/02/2024 8:27 pm
K7ZPJ
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RE: What's that USB-C port for?

It is used for serial communications to a host computer.

An example is a RPI running Octoprint.

Posted : 02/02/2024 1:54 am
JP Guitars
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RE: What's that USB-C port for?

Currently it cannot be used to connect a camera but there are plenty of cheap options for cameras, my design is below (Plenty of others around) which will cost you about £6.

https://www.printables.com/model/668369-esp32-cam-case-and-mount-for-mk4

Posted : 02/02/2024 9:34 am
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efvee
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Topic starter answered:
RE: What's that USB-C port for?

@JP Guitars:

Thanks. That looks like a workable and affordable solution. I did not know about ESP32 and I will need to dive into it because it is quite interesting. 

I understand this basically is a web camera that is linked up via WiFi. It does not use the printer for other purposes than getting a ride mechanically. Unfortunately the location where my printer sits has bad WiFi coverage. I linked my printer up via wired connection and I had hoped I could use the printer's connection. However, I have an old WiFi access point laying around somewhere. Maybe I can use that.

Thanks for the pointer.

Posted : 02/02/2024 10:34 am
mhacker
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RE: What's that USB-C port for?

But perhaps you can power the ESP32cam from the USB-C port on the xBuddy board?

Posted : 05/02/2024 8:08 am
efvee
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Topic starter answered:
RE: What's that USB-C port for?

Thank you for the idea. Sadly enough powering is the least of my problems.

Posted : 08/02/2024 2:41 pm
vhubbard
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RE: What's that USB-C port for?

The Beagle V2 camera uses the USB C port to plug in to the printer, but it still needs a seperate power supply connection.    I am  hoping for firmware 5.2 which some report make the Beagle V2 camera work better. 

The Beagle V2 can act as a host to send programs to the printer.  This is how it adds printer positioning commands for snapshots while printing and feeding the program to the printer.  

Posted : 16/02/2024 3:24 pm
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efvee
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Topic starter answered:
RE: What's that USB-C port for?

That sounds good. Looking forward to the 5.2 update. 

Posted : 19/02/2024 8:33 pm
george
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RE:

For you folks that have a camera mounted on the x axis bracket does the added weight affect the printer?
I'm not looking to install a camera but a small LED light to shine on the bed, object I'm printing.

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Posted : 01/03/2024 9:41 pm
JP Guitars
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RE: What's that USB-C port for?

No, not a problem. 

Posted : 01/03/2024 9:46 pm
george
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RE: What's that USB-C port for?

tks. 🙂

Posted by: @jp-guitars

No, not a problem. 

 

Posted : 01/03/2024 10:04 pm
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