Building your own 3D printer? Choose your 3D printer controller wisely using this list of 3D printer controllers you can buy on Amazon.
You could say that a 3D printer controller is the brain of the 3D printer. It is responsible for the movement of the stepper motors, nozzle temperature, and heat bed temperature. 3D printer controllers also are the central hub to all the sensors, motor drivers, and heating elements. Usually, the controller board has room for 5 stepper motor drivers.
If you are looking for a special 3D printer controller, you should check to see if it’s compatible with your 3D printer model.
This list was compiled using data collected over the last 30 days from Amazon’s best sellers list for the 3D Printer Parts & Accessories category.
If you are looking for other parts besides 3D printer controllers on Amazon, please take a look at these articles:
|Name||Type||Market Price (USD)||Check Price|
|BIQU Heat Bed Power Module||Heated Bed Power Module MOS Tube||10|
|Elegoo Stepstick Stepper Motor Driver Module A4988||Stepper Motor Drivers||10|
|Inkbird Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller||Multipurpose Temperature Controller||16|
|Longruner 3D Printer Controller Kit for Arduino Mega||3D Printer Controller Kit||37|
|ARQQ TL Smoother Add-on||Smoother Module||25|
|BIQU MKS-BASE V1.5 Plate Controller||Controller Board||37|
|TriGorilla 3D Printer Heating Controller MKS Mosfet||Heated Bed Power Module MOS Tube||36|
|HiLetgo RAMPS 1.4 Control Panel||Controller Board||8|
If you are using a 12 V power supply for your 3D printer, the controller board may not be able to handle the load caused by the heated bed. The ChiTu controller board used for the Anet A8 3D printers, for example, can only handle 15 A. Using the combination of a 12V power supply and a controller board with a maximum power draw of 15A, the 3D printer will be limited to a 180W heat bed. You will run the risk of frying the board if you use a more powerful heat bed.
Here’s the solution:
The BIQU heat bed power module externalizes the heat bed power supply. With the help of some beefier hardware, the heat bed can now draw up to 25A of power. You can now use a heated bed of up to 300W. However, it is still a good idea to carefully read the technical documentation for all the electronic components and to make sure that they are all safely compatible.
This is a 5 piece set of stepper motor drivers. Stepper motor drivers are an integral part of the 3D printer control system. They are responsible for driving the motors that make every moving part move.
Please note: These chips are advertised as having 2A of power. However, they will overheat if they are run above 1.2A. The manufacturer says that better heat sinks will be needed if the current is set to greater than 1.2A.
The drivers are capable of doing full, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth steps.
This is a multi-purpose temperature controller. It can not only be used for 3D printing, but also as a sort of external controller. This device would more commonly be used to control the temperature of an aquarium, terrarium, or any DIY project that needs temperature control.
It would enable you to independently adjust the temperature of the nozzle or heat bed outside of the 3D printing software. This could even be done mid-print. However, this kind of controller is somewhat uncommon in 3D printing – still, if you like to add some functionality with this 3D printer controller, it might come in handy.
Features include an alarm that goes off if the temperature goes above or below a set height.
This 3D printer controller kit is great for anyone building a 3D printer from scratch. It is based on the Arduino Mega 2560 board. It contains everything you need except for the stepper motor cables and the power supply. The RAMPS 1.4 board is an interface needed to house the stepper drivers as well as to power the heated bed. Everything is controlled with the Arduino Mega 2560 board. The LCD display offers a great user interface.
This is a 3 pack of add-on modules for stepper motor drivers. They are designed to reduce or even eliminate unwanted patterns or artifacts in 3D printed objects caused by the stepper motors. One customer review mentions that these modules run at around 80 – 90°C, so be mindful of where they are installed.
This is a controller board for 3D printers. The manufacturer says that this board can completely replace a Ramps 1.4. No longer must you stack a Ramps 1.4 on top of an Arduino.
This module does the same thing as the BIQU Heat Bed Power Module. This board can be used to alleviate the stress on the main 3D printer controller board of the 3D printer and to avoid burning it out. This is especially important if you want to operate a more powerful heat bed, since the current drawn by the heat bed may be too much for the controller board itself to handle.
This is a Ramps 1.4 Control Panel. This 3D printer controller board can take up to 5 stepper driver boards. However, the Ramps 1.4 must be coupled with an Arduino Mega board.
Visit the Reprap wiki site for this boards documentation.
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