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MKS TFT 3.2 inch touch screen

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  • MKS TFT 3.2 inch touch screen
  • MKS TFT 3.2 inch touch screen
  • MKS TFT 3.2 inch touch screen
  • MKS TFT 3.2 inch touch screen
R949.00 (inc VAT) R825.22 (exc VAT)
Weight:
0.10 KGS
Current Stock:
9

 Product Description

MKS TFT 3.2 inch touch screen to control a 3D printer or CNC machine.  This high performance touch screen due to the fact that it has its own processor onboard and does not rely on the processor of the 3D printer or CNC machine.  Due to this the screen features a 3.2 inch full colour touch screen, can be integrated with WIFI upgrade, can read SD card and USB, can detect power failure with power detection module and an external SD card module can be added.

Specifications:

Screen: 3.2 inch TFT full colour touch screen

Compatible firmware: Marlin, Smoothie & Repetier firmware

Compatible controller boards: RAMPS 1.4, MKS Gen, MKS Base, MKS Mini & MKS SBase

Modules that can be added: WIFI module, Power outage module & External SD card module

 

For firmware and support, please visit: www.github.com/makerbase-mks 

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 Product Reviews

  1. More than a LCD screen

    Posted by Michael on 2nd May 2017

    For a start this is not only a display it’s more like a print controller, and that is significant if you have an older machine and you’re considering an upgrade from a 16mhz board. This will reduce the load on the electronics and allow you to run simpler and cheaper electronics on machines like deltas that are notorious in regard to the calculations needed maxing out a ramps setup.

    It took a few tries and a bit of reading (something the Guys at 3D-printing store was great with helping with – Thanks Paul) but when I figured out that this is not a display but a controller it dawned on me that you can even (its optional don’t have to) compile your firmware without display drivers as this connects to the serial header. One plug job done, I have 7 printers and 6 displays. The graphic displays are not interchangeable, but this thing just works on all of them, it’s a win.

    All that aside it’s a touch screen display. None of that trying to get your rotary dial to only move one increment at a time nonsense.

    It adds SD support to boards like smoothie that the sd card is hard to get to. Although I do have reservations about adding it to a 32bit board, that’s plenty smart and quick enough already.
    On the one hand, it adds a touch screen to make a premium controller feel even more so, but as I controls the print I feel like I’m not utilising the smoothie board to its full potential. But the alternative is an older display, it’s enough to have a mental melt down.
    So, if anything I’d like to test this with the lower spec boards.

    If I have a criticism its firmware. It wasn’t the easiest to find at first and I’d like to see them either update it more or simply open it up for 3rd parties to get into it. Because this thing gives me the impression it can do a whole lot more than it is right now. There are options to add custom commands but I haven’t even started looking at those.

    Worth the money, yes!
    Easy to setup, yes (on a MKS board it’s a clearly labelled plug, ramps need a bit of googling but one you’ve got it, its 10 seconds)
    Firmware easy to configure, yes (just about the only thing you need to change is Baud rate)
    Firmware easy to find: Could be better. I think they should include an SD card with it. (They send a SD with their controllers that has firmware on why not with this it would make setup a no brainer.)

    So, my verdict:
    Get this instead of upgrading your controller to smoothie. It’s less money and you don’t have to rewire your printer to a new controller, or figure out new firmware. You’re adding a very good looking and easy to use display while keeping a working printer going. It’s also a great option if your familiar with Marlin or Repetier and want more from a printer without learning new firmware.
    Like all devices there are improvements and the odd bug, but once you’ve got it going it’s simply awesome.The one problem I have with it is that it seems to pause intermittently for around 10 seconds than proceed as if nothing happened. which in the end had me remove it. With hopes of fitting it to one of my ramps boards but alas it doesn't seem to work with them. Also a problem but one I could deal with is the lag between the display and execution of the command.
    In all some firmware tweaks and this could be epic.
    Its lack of support for any device outside of the MKS stable is disappointing but not entirely unexpected.
    For slower boards needing a boost this is a good way to do it the interface does work well and is easy to navigate.
    I do see more devices like inevitable.


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