How to Run 12V HotEnd with 24V Duet2?



  • Hi,

    What would be the best way to run a 12V/40W hotend with a 24V Duet2 (dc-dc converter/mosfet based circuit/opto-isolator/something else)?

    Thanks!



  • just buy a new 24V heater catrigde..a single 24 cartrigde costs under 2€ at aliexpress



  • @barracuda72 said in How to Run 12V HotEnd with 24V Duet2?:

    just buy a new 24V heater catrigde..a single 24 cartrigde costs under 2€ at aliexpress

    Wish it was that simple.

    I've got an Atom MK3 hotend which has a small circular disc-type heater installed - so far I couldn't find one of these with 24V rating, but perhaps someone knows?



  • DC to DC converter, power it directly from the printer power supply, positive from the DC-DC converter goes to the heater lead 1, negative from the Duet goes to the heater lead 2.

    The Duet will switch the negative side to achieve temperature control, and the hotend will see 12v maximum assuming the DC-DC converter does not fail.



  • @elmoret said in How to Run 12V HotEnd with 24V Duet2?:

    DC to DC converter, power it directly from the printer power supply, positive from the DC-DC converter goes to the heater lead 1, negative from the Duet goes to the heater lead 2.

    The Duet will switch the negative side to achieve temperature control, and the hotend will see 12v maximum assuming the DC-DC converter does not fail.

    Thanks for the suggestion, @elmoret!

    If it was linear voltage, I wouldn't think twice about it and indeed use a dc-dc converter. My concern, though, is these converters tend to be relatively slow and as you point out the Duet uses pwm for controlling the voltage input to the heater. Hence, I worry a converter may not always be quick enough to do the job.

    Any opinion on this, guys?



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    @snowcrash said in How to Run 12V HotEnd with 24V Duet2?:

    @elmoret said in How to Run 12V HotEnd with 24V Duet2?:

    DC to DC converter, power it directly from the printer power supply, positive from the DC-DC converter goes to the heater lead 1, negative from the Duet goes to the heater lead 2.

    The Duet will switch the negative side to achieve temperature control, and the hotend will see 12v maximum assuming the DC-DC converter does not fail.

    Thanks for the suggestion, @elmoret!

    If it was linear voltage, I wouldn't think twice about it and indeed use a dc-dc converter. My concern, though, is these converters tend to be relatively slow and as you point out the Duet uses pwm for controlling the voltage input to the heater. Hence, I worry a converter may not always be quick enough to do the job.

    Any opinion on this, guys?

    What @elmoret is suggesting is that you use the DC-DC converter to provide +12V power to the positive heater lead. Not to power the converter from the PWM output, which would be a bad idea.



  • Yes using it the way elmoret suggested works great and I have done so many times.

    Do not PWM it down from 24v. Most people would set 50% which is actually still 2x the max power, it would need to be 25% PWM max to get a rough equivalent, but even then its just 25% duty cycle of 24v ON, 0v, 24v On, 0v etc... You're still running your heater at 4 times its rated power output just only for 25% of the time, assuming nothing (like a mosfet) fails and runs the heater at 4 times power for the few minutes/seconds it would take to melt and/or catch fire.



  • Thanks for the clarification, @dc42, that indeed makes sense (sorry @elmoret for not fully grasping your suggestion till now).

    And thanks for confirmation @DjDemonD, and the additional explanation!

    Just to make sure I've got it right, this is the converter I intend to use:

    0_1530566058841_converter.png

    And here's how what I take the setup to be:

    0_1530566092542_hotend.png

    Is this right?


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    Yes that's right.



  • @dc42 said in How to Run 12V HotEnd with 24V Duet2?:

    Yes that's right.

    Thanks, @dc42!


 

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