Current scenario of DUET 0.6



  • Hi,

    I am happily using some DUET 0.6 boards (Replikeo - 02 boards, Reprappro - 03). Also using DUET wifi.

    For low-cost solutions DUET 0.6 boards are really a good option. With the rich DWC and RRP, it is the best choice.

    But, nowadays I am not finding as easy to get DUET 0.6 boards. Think3dprint3d has stopped selling.

    Why are DUET 0.6 boards stopped? Now only DUET Wifi boards are in picture? Is there any particular reason for this?

    Because everybody cant afford DUET wifi price.

    I will be happy if again Think3dprint3d manufactures DUET 0.6 boards.

    Thanks



  • I'm not condoning it, but I am surprised there aren't clone duet boards available.



  • @CaLviNx:

    the board has run its life cycle and beyond, even the 0.8.5 is in its twilight stage, and from what i can gather a replacement for both the WiFi and Ethernet is in the works. That is evolution for you.

    I agree. But it is looking like a costlier option. Duet Wifi is double the cost than Duet 0.6.

    It means, that Duet boards can be used only for costlier machines?


  • administrators

    The Duet 0.6 and to a lesser extent the Duet 0.8.5 are technologically obsolescent. They don't have the processor power and in particular the RAM that we need to move the firmware forward, for example to run the firmware under a real time operating system. This is holding us back. So RepRapFirmware 1.19 is planned to be the last major release to support those boards. I'll do bug fix releases after that if they are needed, but I won't be adding new features. Of course, as RRF is open source, someone else may choose to fork it and add some new features.

    This means that RepRapFirmware 1.20 and later will be for the Series 2 Duets (the WiFi and the Ethernet) and their successors only. We appreciate that there is a market for lower-cost electronics, and we've done an outline design for a lower cost WiFi board with a cheaper ARM Cortex M4 processor (better than the SAM3X used on the older Duets), very limited expandability, and cheaper stepper drivers. But to get a substantial retail cost reduction, it would have to be assembled in China; and if it is to compete with RAMPS and low-cost Smoothieboard clones, whoever sells it wouldn't be able to afford the same generous warranty replacement policy that we do, or the same level of support.

    Meanwhile, we have users pushing the 10-driver limit of the Series 2 Duets, and OEMs who want to connect additional devices - which calls for a radical rethink of the expansion strategy. So our development efforts are currently focussed on releasing the products that we already have under development (the PCB effector and the filament sensor), and the follow-on to the Series 2 Duets.



  • If anyone knows where I can get a Duet 0.6 or a second hand one please get in touch. I have a duet 0.6 that has an intermittent fault that one of the motors won't work after power on, it takes flexing the pcb to get it going again. I tried replacing cables and realising joints to no luck.



  • @DADIY where are you I have one here that is surplus to requirements now?

    Doug



  • @Dougal1957:

    @DADIY where are you I have one here that is surplus to requirements now?

    Doug

    Hi Doug. I'm in the UK.



  • likewise where abouts I am near Sheffield



  • @dc42:

    The Duet 0.6 and to a lesser extent the Duet 0.8.5 are technologically obsolescent. They don't have the processor power and in particular the RAM that we need to move the firmware forward, for example to run the firmware under a real time operating system. This is holding us back. So RepRapFirmware 1.19 is planned to be the last major release to support those boards. I'll do bug fix releases after that if they are needed, but I won't be adding new features. Of course, as RRF is open source, someone else may choose to fork it and add some new features.

    This means that RepRapFirmware 1.20 and later will be for the Series 2 Duets (the WiFi and the Ethernet) and their successors only. We appreciate that there is a market for lower-cost electronics, and we've done an outline design for a lower cost WiFi board with a cheaper ARM Cortex M4 processor (better than the SAM3X used on the older Duets), very limited expandability, and cheaper stepper drivers. But to get a substantial retail cost reduction, it would have to be assembled in China; and if it is to compete with RAMPS and low-cost Smoothieboard clones, whoever sells it wouldn't be able to afford the same generous warranty replacement policy that we do, or the same level of support.

    Meanwhile, we have users pushing the 10-driver limit of the Series 2 Duets, and OEMs who want to connect additional devices - which calls for a radical rethink of the expansion strategy. So our development efforts are currently focussed on releasing the products that we already have under development (the PCB effector and the filament sensor), and the follow-on to the Series 2 Duets.

    Thanks for the continuous support for DUET boards. Hope, in the near future somebody will support you for the production of low cost DUET boards.


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