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Filed under: Hacking,MakerBot — jet @ 11:21

My Gen 5 electronics and Stepstruder have arrived and I’m in the process of bolting them onto Makerbot Cupcake #235. I’ve got it mostly working and will document it fully once it’s done.


  1. Hey —

    I have a cupcake that I upgraded with gen4/mk6. I too had a good bit of drama, and after finally getting everything to “work,” I discovered that the original z-axis stepper and threaded rod setup that came with the cupcake does not play so well with the gen4 ‘tronics. The summary is that if you run the steeper with enough torque to overcome the drag of the threaded rod it gets too hot and fails. It’s recommended that I basically rebuild the Z-axis. (I tried all the other suggestions). Have you had any similar problems?

    Comment by Alan Rorie — 2011/05/24 @ 18:27

  2. So, did you ever end up documenting the Gen4 upgrade process?

    Comment by Paul — 2011/06/23 @ 05:42

  3. I haven’t gotten it working yet. There were some issues with the Mk6 then my lasersaur kit showed up. Finishing the upgrade on the cupcake is on my todo list for the next week or so.

    Comment by jet — 2011/06/23 @ 10:26

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