Sunday, 12 April 2015

Duex4 V0.2a - Minor Updates

I have made a slight revision to the Duex4 v0.2 4 extruder expansion board for the Duet 3d printing electronics, the revised design is the Duex4 v0.2aThe revision is to add analogue GND to the expansion board input header connected by either a fly lead (Duet v0.6) or directly (later Duet versions).

Analogue GND should have been used from the beginning but I left it out by mistake. This omission lead to noisier temperature readings on the expansion board than on the Duet (as documented, with a fix, by David Crocker). This was annoying but I did not see a drop in performance as the thermal mass of the hotends was enough to cancel out any temperature swings commanded by this noise. None the less it needed to be fixed, but in a way that allowed the Duex4s to still be compatible with the Duet 0.6 expansion header.

In the schematic you can see that pin 39 of the expansion header how connects to a jumper, and then on to VSSA (analogue GND) within the expansion board.

AD 12 used to be on pin 39 however it will be used later Duet versions for the probe input on a header on the main duet board.

This allows for analogue GND to be fed in via pin 2 of the header on a Duet v0.6 or for a jumper to be used on later duet boards.The pictures below show the Duet v0.6 and Duex4 v0.2a with the analogue GND fly lead connected to the heated bed thermistor GND.

This fly lead can also be connected to the hotend thermistor ground screw terminal:

or VSSA Pin 38 on the 40 pin motor loom header:

All V0.2a Duex4s will be supplied with the necessary fly-lead for hooking up the analogue GND as described above.

The updated KiCAD source files are available on our Github, licensed under the CERN OHL v1.2


  1. You should probably also mention that if we need to use AD 12 on a duet 0.6, we can connect to the other pin at the VSSA jumper.

    I needed to do this for one of the IR probe wires on the RRP Ormerod 2, as they go to AD 12 and AD 14

  2. Hi, is there a Gcode command I can use to move a motor independently that I had connected to the duetx4 board?

  3. Hi
    Yes you can create a tool to use any extruder drive, see:

    Then just select that tool and drive it with G1 Exxx


    1. Thank you Tony, I will try! :)

  4. Hi there, nice article. Thanks for sharing the update of Duex4 V0.2a with us. The 3d metal printing is the fastest growing technology nowadays. In future, it can be used in the intriguing area is customized food production. One of the scientists has created a low cost, low resolution capabilities of printing models made from ordinary granulated sugar. It’s unclear exactly how far we could go with printed food and if it will ever move out of the novelty area, but certainly an area to watch in the future. There are various techniques of 3d metal printing such as slm, dim, stereolithography etc.