Viki LCD

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Much like the Vision 3D printer, the Viki LCD did not come with any instructions or RAMPS firmware. The following are my notes for how I got it to work. Luckily most of the work was already done by others!

RAMPS 1.4 Connectors

See the RAMPS 1.4 image for exact placement. This RAMPS schematic was also useful to me.

I2C:

  • 5V
  • GND
  • 20
  • 21

AUX-3 (SD Card):

  1. GND
  2. NC
  3. SCK/D52
  4. CS/D53
  5. MISO/D50
  6. MOSI/D51
  7. 5V
  8. CD/D49

ViKi – RAMPS Pinout

The Panucatt pdf for the Viki LCD has nice descriptions of the pins and their functions.

Mapping the Viki LCD to the RAMPS board

Viki Top plug – RAMPS 1.4:

  • 5V – 5V (I2C, +)
  • GND – GND (I2C, -)
  • SDA  – I2C 20 (I2C, 20)
  • SCL –  I2C 21 (I2C, 21)
  • ENC_B -(AUX4, D17) – requires update to pins.h
  • ENC_A – (AUX4, D16) – requires update to pins.h

Viki Bottom Plug – RAMPS 1.4:

  • CS – (AUX3, D53)
  • BTN – (AUX4, D32)  – requires update to pins.h
  • DI/MOSI – (AUX3, MOSI/D51)
  • CLK/SCK – (AUX3, SCK/D52)
  • CD – (AUX3, D49)
  • DO/MISO – (AUX3, MISO/D50)

The LCD comes will all of the cables broken out into single pins. I found it helpful to combine them into 4 new headers:

  • I2C (5V,GND,SDA, SCL)
  • AUX3 top (NC, CLK, D0, NC)
  • AUX3 bottom (NC, CS, D1, CD)
  • AUX4 (ENC_A, ENC_B)

This leave one remaining pin, BTN, which plugs into AUX4 at the end.

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Firmware

After much searching, I found Jim Morris’s comment on the Viki Kickstart page. After following his instructions, everything just worked! Here they are with a little more detail:

  1. > git clone https://github.com/repetier/Repetier-Firmware.git 
  2. > git pull https://github.com/wolfmanjm/Repetier-Firmware.git feature/add-vikilcd
  3. Download LiquidTWI from github
  4. Install the LiquidTWI library using these Arduino instructions
  5. Modify the Marlin/Configuration.h with the settings from your previous one. Do not copy it over. You need to edit the new one in place. It has additional configuration that is needed. Here is my new Configuration.h file.
  6. Modify pins.h to set BTN_EN1=16, BTN_EN2=17, and BTN_ENC=32. Or download my pins.h
  7. Compile and upload the new firmware and you should be good to go.

Printing Without The computer (“hostless printing”)

The RAMPS that ships with the Vision 3D printer should already have 2 key diodes installed (D1 & D2). If it doesn’t, or if you are running into issues, I found this SDRAMPS blog post very helpful.

In my case, both diodes were already installed, but still I couldn’t print without the USB cable. And after triple checking everything, I finally starting probing the RAMPS board and found a disconnect. Somehow I burnt out one of the traces (probably when I accidentally installed my end stops backwards). I soldered in a jumper over the burnt out trace and I was back in business.

 

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3 thoughts on “Viki LCD

  1. Reblogged this on Polytech's WordPress Place and commented:
    The idea of computer-less 3D printing is very attractive to me and yet there’s still some interfacing to the printer that needs to happen even if computer is not involved. This is very reminiscent to the evolution of laser printers except these days laser printer are sort of regressing back to PC-only interfaces. Viki LCD featured in this Burnsed blog post even makes your 3D printer look and feel like a laser printer of yore – text LCD, menus and the iPod-like (of, this part is new) selection buttons. Makes a great addition to any RAMPS-enabled 3D printer!

    • Thanks for the reblog Nick, I was tempted to install a touch screen like I had seen some others post, but I liked that the Viki LCD was a pre-packaged product and that others had already done the Marlin integration.

      • Touch screens are nice (looking) but I find them too unreliable for my liking. Perhaps my fingers are not good enough for using them 🙂 If I have a choice, I always prefer physical buttons to a touch screen.
        Cheers!

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