It took a while but I eventually ended up with enough Zeros that I felt I could dedicate one to controlling my printer and have been running it successfully for the past couple of months. My original goal for switching to a Zero was based around building a more compact solution, as opposed to a cheaper one, and I went through a couple of iterations to end up with my current solution.
The original test setup had cables, adaptors and components all haphazardly laid out, but since then various adaptors and boards have come out to provide additional connectivity to the standard Zero.
|Its all a little messy
|A Zero4U installed under the RPi Zero.
As mentioned earlier I've been running this setup for a few months now and the only issue I've run into was a failure when printing a 3D Benchy, which I thought may be an indication that the Zero was struggling to deal with larger gcode files. However I got a similar result after switching back to the RPi B+ (which had successfully printed 3D Benchy in the past) so have put that down to either one of the printers motors overheating, or an issue in the produced GCode.
I never got around to mounting my RPi B to the printer, so whenever it got moved (albeit rarely) I had to move the RPi and printer separately. With this new setup I can just unplug the power and lift up everything as a single unit, and I have indeed taken this setup to a Raspberry Jam to show it off.
|Down at the Egham Raspberry Jam.