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; - 3D Chameleon Mk3 Tool T{next_extruder} -

;begin switch from extruder {previous_extruder} to extruder #{next_extruder}

M117 Unloading Tool T[previous_extruder]

M83 ; turn relative distances for the extruder

; unload extruder {previous_extruder}

G92 E0

; go to holding position to unload the stock extruder

{buttonLocation} ; <<----- EDIT THIS LINE TO SET THE INITIAL LOCATION OF THE BUTTON

; if this is the first load, then don't unload

G91 ; move to relative mode

M83

; load extruder #{next_extruder}

M117 Loading Tool T{next_extruder}

; back out the filament for cutting

G0 E-20 F500 ; retract a bit, adjust this to tune waste

; <<<< insert mechanical cutter code here! >>>>

; press the button to select the new extruder

{buttonPressCode}

{if next_extruder==0}

G4 P500 ; dwell for .5 seconds - adjust this to match your machines single pulse time

{endif}

{if next_extruder==1}

G4 P1000 ; dwell for 1.0 seconds - adjust this to match your machines two pulse time

{endif}

{if next_extruder==2}

G4 P1500 ; dwell for 1.5 seconds - adjust this to match your machines three pulse time

{endif}

{if next_extruder==3}

G4 P2000 ; dwell for 2.0 seconds - adjust this to match your machines four pulse time

{endif}

{buttonUnpressCode}

G4 P2000 ; wait for cutter to work

; ok command selected - back out filament if needed after cut

{if previous_extruder>-1}

; retract it back out of the extruder

{unloadGCode}

G0 E-30 F2000 ; <<<---- if mechanical cutter, change to a positive value of at least 5mm

G92 E0

; ok - out of extruder - press button to remove it all the way

G91 ; move to relative mode

M82

; we skipped to here if it was extruder -1

{endif}

{if previous_extruder>-1}

{unloadFilament}

{endif}

{loadFilament}

G92 E0

G90 ; move back to absolute mode

M83 ; but make sure the extruder stays in relative

; reload filament all the way into extruder

{loadGCode}

M83 ; turn relative distances for the extruder

M117 3D Chameleon Tool T{next_extruder}

Mk3 Mode 3 GCode Generator

Button Axis (X, Y or Z)

Button Location (mm)

Extruder to Hotend (mm)

Mk3 Mode 3 Theory of Operation

Once generated, copy and paste this code into your slicer's Tool Change GCode block.

The Mk3 Firmware uses a new method to allow color changing with a single button press to select a color, and then up to two additional buttons presses to move the filament. The 3D Chameleon is used in conjunction with your stock extruder, and allows for the Y adapter to be placed any distance from the hotend. This is the most flexible installation as it allows both an infinite number of 3DChameleons to be used, but also allows them to be placed anywhere away from the printer.

The first button press works by timing (with vibration feedback every .5 seconds) to allow you to "count" the command.

Filament changing always works the same in any mode.  To select an extruder, simply press the button for a total time of .5 seconds per extruder number. (For example, to select Extruder 3, multiply 3 times .5 seconds = 1.5 seconds.)  So, pressing the button for .5 seconds selects the first extruder, 1 second selects the second extruder, 1.5 seconds selects the 3rd extruder and 2 seconds selects the 4th extruder.  

 

To actually move the filament once a color is selected, the 3DChamelon needs an additional button press for some number of seconds, where that number is 1" (or 2.5cm) per second, to unload the previous filament... and a third button press to load the filament, one second for each 1" of movement required to load it into the extruder.  For example, to unload extruder 1 (T0) by 15 inches and load extruder 4 (T3) by 16 inches, you should press for 2 seconds, let off, then press for 15 seconds to unload extruder 1 (T0), and finally press for 16 seconds to load extruder 4 (T3).  (Note: On the very first filament load after homing, becuase the extruder isn't already loaded, the unloading button press is not needed and is skipped.  The tool change gcode automatically handles that starting condition.) 

While the button is pressed, each half of a second, the selector motor will vibrate, indicating the pointer to the next command.

The commands are as follows.

1st Pulse - Unload current and load T0 (or Extruder 1)
2nd Pulse - Unload current and load T1 (or Extruder 2) 
3rd Pulse - Unload current and load T2 (or Extruder 3)
4th Pulse - Unload current and load T3 (or Extruder 4)


5th Pulse - Home and load T0 - can be used in Start GCode to load the first filament
6th Pulse - Unload current and Home - can be used in the End GCode to unload the last used filament

All of the previous commands require a second and/or third button press to move the filament the desired distance. 

7th Pulse - Home Only (no filament movements)

- Pulse counts beyond 7 are identical to Mode 2.

 

Note: At this time, the Mk3 only supports PrusaSlicer and it's various forks.  PrusaSlicer is the only slicer that is continuiously updated to include fantastic features for multi-material and multi-color users.

Backout Distance in Seconds

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