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To run a Bukobot or Bukito 3D printer, you need to install some software that we recommend.

Step #1 - Install Driver for Controller Board

The Bukobot uses an Azteeg X1 or Azteeg X3 control board, which requires the latest FTDI driver for serial communication on Mac/Windows (Windows systems may not need a driver if it was automatically installed, most recent versions of GNU/Linux should already contain an appropriate driver). The Bukito uses a custom Azteeg X2 that uses drivers already included with Mac/Windows/Linux systems, though Windows needs an INF file to activate the driver.

FTDI USB Driver for Azteeg X1 & X3 Boards (Bukobot) Teensy USB driver for Azteeg X2 Boards (Bukito)

The Windows serial driver is all that is needed to connecto to a Bukito, but some users have trouble installing it (especially on Windows 8). We recommend downloading and running the full Teensyduino installer, which you can close after it runs the INF file for serial (though the full install will be needed for all platforms if you want to modify your firmware).

Step #2 - Host Software

Install host software to control the Bukobot and a slicing (tool path generator) app to “slice” 3D objects for printing.

Setup #3 - Setup connection, host and slicer settings

About Printer Firmware

Your printer's Azteeg X1 or X3 controller comes preloaded with Marlin 3D printer firmware already configured for your Bukobot model. You don't need to install printer firmware in most cases.

If you ever need to update or reconfigure the firmware please following the instructions.

Updating Firmware

If you later need to modify or update the printer firmware, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the Arduino IDE from and follow installation instructions.
  2. Go to Bukobot Marlin Configuration and download the correct firmware version for your Bukobot and extract it to your hard disk.
  3. Close your printer host program if open (such as Repetier-Host).
  4. Start the Arduino IDE app.
  5. Set the board type correctly in Tools→Board:
    1. For X3: Select Arduino Mega 2560 or Mega ADK
    2. For X1: Select Sanguino W/ ATmega1284p 16Mhz
  6. Connect your printer controller to USB port if not already connected.
  7. In the Arduino IDE, under the menu item Tools→Serial Port, set the serial port corresponding to your board.
  8. Go to File→Open and select Marlin.ino from your Bukobot firmware directory.
  9. Press the “Verify” button to compile the firmware (you should get no errors)
  10. Press the “Upload” button to upload the firmware to the board, USB indicator lights should blink on the board.
  11. After a few seconds, board should be ready.

Alternative softare (not required)

Alternative host software

A very new but promising host software. Includes integrated slicing with both Slic3r and CuraEngine.
Pronterface Mac
Older host software. Useful for directly controlling a printer for testing or for starting prints from SD cards, but the interface is not as good for integrating with slicers or running prints over USB.
Cura is a good slicing program that also works as a host, but the host functionality seems tacked-on and is not as polished or reliable.

Alternative slicing software

Cura is a good slicing program that also works as a host, but the host functionality seems tacked-on and is not as polished or reliable.
Stand Alone "Slic3r"Mac
Slic3r is the built-in slicing softare used by Repetier Host. It includes its own plater that is sometimes preferable to using Repetier Host's. It is required for two-color printing.
Skeinforge is the oldest and slowest of the slicers. It has many features, but the way they are named and organized was designed to make sense for older printers that worked differently from modern ones, and it can be very difficult to learn to use. Repetier Host will also integrate with it, but if you want to use it, you will probably want to use the SFact front end.
software-to-install.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/03 16:11 by deezmaker