Filament SENTINEL

Dyze Design Filament Sentinel

WARNING

Please ensure that your 3d printer is equipped with an LCD controller, otherwise, Sentinel will not work. Sentinel can work without LCD if you have Octoprint/OctoPi.

General

Sentinel Version Minimum Filament Diameter Maximum Filament Diameter
1.75mm 1.70mm 1.80mm
2.85mm 2.78mm 2.92mm

The Filament Sentinel will detect the presence of your filament.Each Sentinel will draw 31mA. It requires 5V for power. The output logic is 3.3V and works with both 3.3V and 5V based microcontrollers.

Filament Logic Green LED
Present HIGH – 3.3V ON
Absent LOW – 0V OFF

The IN label stands for a signal entry. This connector will only be used if you are daisy-chaining Sentinels together.

The OUT label stands for a signal exit. This connector will always be used, either for connecting to your mainboard, or to a daisy-chained Sentinel.

Where to install SENTINEL on your printer

After the spool

Make sure it is stable. Attach it to the spool holder, on the table, or on anything that is fixed.

Before your extruder

Fix it on your printer, before the extruder.

WARNING

Don’t install between your extruder and hotend. The extruder won’t push the filament past the Sentinel, no detection will occur!

PTFE tubing

When replacing the stock 4mm PTFE tubing with longer tubes, make sure the new tubing are at the right depth. Check the table below:

Fitting Inserted length Notes
Top 46mm (1.75mm) / 52mm (2.85mm) As deep as it can get into the Sentinel
Bottom 17mm Flush with the fitting. Do not compress the dust filter.

Wiring

Cable Color Connection
Black Ground
Blue Signal
Red +5V

Filament Sentinel Schematic

Connections

TIP

The “In” connector is only required when you have more than 1 Sentinel.

Label Connection Cable
In Sentinel (Daisy-chain) Daisy-chain cable (short)
Out Main Board Main cable (long)

Pins

The easiest pins to use for the filament Sentinel are the followings:

  • Servo pins
  • Endstop pins

It is also possible to use the following:

  • Expansion pins
  • Communication pins

Connections examples

Servo/Endstop

Servo pins always have the right pins: 5V, Ground and Signal.

Most endstop pins will have the same 3 pins, and sometimes only Signal and Ground. If you only have these two, there should be a 5V somewhere else on your main board.

Pins examples

Choosing the Endstop pin from this example lead to the Digital Pin 2 as [DIGITAL PIN INPUT].

Choosing the Servo pin from this example lead to the Digital Pin 4 as [DIGITAL PIN INPUT].

RAMPS 1.4

Rambo is a little bit less detailed on their general diagram. To find the pins association, the page RamBo Development must be accessed.

Choosing the X Max Endstop pin from this example lead to the Digital Pin 24 as [DIGITAL PIN INPUT].

Rambo 1.3

Expansion

Some boards are very limited and a deeper understanding is required for connecting the Sentinel properly.

The Melzi is a good example of a minimalistic board as there are no additional servo pins nor endstop pins.

Communication pins and extension pins will be used instead.

The following documentation is required to determine the pin configuration:

Expansion Pins Diagram

In this example, expansion pins from JP16 can work, or any communication pins from JP17 too. Let’s consider EXT-A4 as our signal pin, as an analog pin can be used as a digital pin. Also, by choosing this pin, we will still be able to use the communication pins for any further add-on.

Melzi communication pins

The EXT-A4 pin corresponds to the (PCINT4/ADC4)PA4 pin on the MCU (Microcontroller unit).

From the image below, you can see that the PA4 pin is either the Analog Pin 4 or the Digital Pin 28. We will consider the Digital Pin 28 for the firmware configuration [DIGITAL PIN INPUT].

Atmega Microcontroler

Firmware configuration

Marlin Firmware 1.1.0-RC7 or newer

WARNING

Make sure your firmware has the filament runout feature, you need Marlin 1.1.0-RC7 or newer. If you are using an older version, contact your 3D printer manufacturer or update your firmware configuration manually.

Configuration.h

In the configuration.h file, find and comment out this line:

#define FILAMENT_RUNOUT_SENSOR //Uncomment
Auto-park feature 1.1.2 or newer

Starting version 1.1.2, Marlin also introduced an auto-park feature. To enable this feature, comment out this line:

#define NOZZLE_PARK_FEATURE //Uncomment

Pins_[BOARD NAME].h

Find the pins_ .h file corresponding to your board (RAMPS, Melzie, MinRambo, etc).

Uncomment this line:

#define FIL_RUNOUT_PIN XX //Replace XX with your digital pin input number

Configuration_adv.h

Find the configuration.h file.

WARNING

Between version 1.1.0 and version 1.1.2, the codebase was changed a bit. Please refer to the corresponding version below.

Version 1.1.0-RC7

In configuration_adv.h, find and comment out this line:

#define FILAMENT_CHANGE_FEATURE //Uncommment
Version 1.1.2

In configuration_adv.h, find and uncomment those line:

#define ADVANCED_PAUSE_FEATURE //Uncomment
#define PARK_HEAD_ON_PAUSE
#define HOME_BEFORE_FILAMENT_CHANGE //if you see this line, you can also uncomment

Repetier Firmware

WARNING

Make sure your firmware has the filament runout feature. You need minimally Repetier 0.92.9. If you are using an older version, contact your 3D printer manufacturer or update your firmware configuration manually.

Configuration.h

In the configuration.h file, find these lines and replace [DIGITAL PIN INPUT] with your pin number.

#define EXT0_JAM_PIN [DIGITAL PIN INPUT]
#define JAM_ACTION 1

RepRap Firmware

Simple pause

Settings > System Editor > config.g

M581 T1 E0 S0 C0

Custom macro trigger

Settings > System Editor > config.g

M581 T2 E0 S0 C0

Settings / System Editor / trigger2.g

Put any custom code you’d like to do once your extruder runs out of filament. Example:

M83 ; relative extruder moves
G1 E-10 F600 ; retract 10mm of filament
G91 ; relative positioning
G1 Z2 F360 ; lift Z by 2mm
G90 ; absolute positioning
G1 X00 Y00 F6000 ; go to X=10 Y=10

Setup on a Raise3D printer

WARNING

The Raise3D requires 1 Sentinel per extruder. Make sure each one has the primary cable. The daisy-chain cables aren’t working with the firmware configuration.

Install the Sentinel in your printer

The Sentinel comes with 2 M3x10 screws. You can drill or tap holes where you want your Sentinels to be fixed.

TIP

Make sure the two Sentinels aren’t too far away from your main board. The primary cable is 1000mm in length.

The two Sentinels are placed close to each other. They are easy to access for filament change and they are close enough to the main circuit board.

Raise3D with two Sentinel

Connect each Sentinel to your Rumba

Connect your first Sentinel

Rumba Y Sentinel Connection

This Sentinel will be linked to your first extruder. Connect the 3 wires to Y+ pins from your Rumba.

Sentinel Cable Rumba Board
Red (+5V) Y+,+
Black (Ground) Y+,-
Blue (Signal) Y+,S

Connect your second Sentinel

Rumba Z Sentinel Connection

This Sentinel will be linked to your second extruder. Connect the 3 wires to Z+ pins from your Rumba.

Sentinel Cable Rumba Board
Red (+5V) Z+,+
Black (Ground) Z+,-
Blue (Signal) Z+,S

Flash your firmware

Marlin 1.1.7 Raise3D Source Code

Marlin 1.1.7 Raise3D Compiled

Raise3D LCD updater

Configure your firmware

Slicer
  1. Go to your profile setting in your slicer

  2. Edit the start g-code

  3. Add the following line to activate the filament Sentinel

    F0 S1 P1
    

    If you have a second extruder, also add the following code:

    F1 S1 P1
    
LCD
  1. Go to advanced settings
  2. Activate the filament monitor option

Maintenance

Cleaning your SENTINEL

The sentinel clean your filament before it gets to your extruder and hotend. The filter should be checked every 1 kg to 10 kg, depending on your set-up.

  1. Loosen the bottom fitting

    Using a 10mm wrench, loosen the bottom fitting.

  2. Remove the filter

    Using a small tweezer, remove the filter from the housing.

  3. Clean the filter

    Remove the debrits and dusts that are stuck inside the filter. If the filter appears damaged, replace it with a new one.

  4. Install the filter

    Using a small tweezer, install the filter back in the housing.

  5. Tighten the bottom fitting

    Using a 10mm wrench, tighten the bottom fitting. Make sure the PTFE tubing does not compress the filter too much.

Last Updated: 6/5/2019, 8:21:39 PM