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Duet enhancement ideas

Posted by JustSumGuy 
Duet enhancement ideas
November 15, 2017 10:38AM
I have a few ideas for enhancement of the Duet setup, for all I know some are already under way or implemented.
I have not received my duet wifi yet but looking around and thinking about it these are a few ideas I thought would be nice to be able to do.

1) Add a PTZ control to the camera setup. I think this might be just software as the board should have the ability to control a few servos.

2) Add a few USB ports. For web cameras rather than being limited to only IP cam setups.

3) On the USB ports add the ability to be a print server for lesser 8 bit controllers on secondary printers. Much like OctoPi and Astro Print do the job but bring it all under one web interface.

4) select-able camera interface for multi cameras when you have more than one printer setup.

Just a few ideas smiling smiley

Since the Duet Wifi and Duet Ethernet are such a well designed and near perfect controller as it is, this could be done all via network by using an Rpi as the point of interface too...
Let the Rpi do all the lifting and the Duet handles all the web interfacing....

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/15/2017 10:41AM by JustSumGuy.
Re: Duet enhancement ideas
November 15, 2017 02:42PM
Thanks for your suggestions. The processor on the current Duets doesn't do USB host mode, but we're already working on the next generation and planning the one after that. So at least some of those features will be coming in the future.

One of the low-cost IP cameras that we suggest for the Duet has pan and tilt motors built in. So if we can find out the commands to send, pan and tilt options could be included in Duet Web Control.


Delta printer calibration calculator, mini IR Z probe, and colour touch screen control panel: [escher3d.com]

Large delta printer, and other 3D printer blog postings: [miscsolutions.wordpress.com]

Disclosure: I have a financial interest in sales of the Panel Due, Mini IR height sensor, and Duet WiFi/Duet Ethernet [www.duet3d.com].
Re: Duet enhancement ideas
November 16, 2017 08:44AM
What do you think of the idea to use an Rpi3 as an external network connected control device?
Re: Duet enhancement ideas
November 16, 2017 09:43AM
The principle of using a separate processor to run the web server is sound, but it increases the system cost and complexity. So it's a good option for high-end systems, especially for users who are already technically competent or already familiar with the RPi or similar. It's not as suitable for less technical users who don't need the additional facilities that it provides.


Delta printer calibration calculator, mini IR Z probe, and colour touch screen control panel: [escher3d.com]

Large delta printer, and other 3D printer blog postings: [miscsolutions.wordpress.com]

Disclosure: I have a financial interest in sales of the Panel Due, Mini IR height sensor, and Duet WiFi/Duet Ethernet [www.duet3d.com].
Re: Duet enhancement ideas
November 16, 2017 01:21PM
PTZ control isn't exactly a defined standard across all manufacturers. I've got numerous PTZ cameras installed at my workplace that are used with the equipment and even just from camera manufacturing the PTZ commands / setup are different. Some even have proprietary PTZ communication and even between camera models on the same manufacturer. For example, Pelco PTZ can be PELCO-C, PELCO-D, etc... which is different for AXIS cameras and different again for Sony and Samsung.
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