Installing the Nimble Sidewinder¶
If you aren’t using our CR-10 Kit, you can skip to the section after Step 11 titled Stepper control.
Installing the Nimble, instead of the Sidewinder, you more or less follow the same steps. It is slightly easier to install than the Sidewinder.
- Heat up the hot end, when hot remove the filament, then let it cool down again.
- Pull the white PTFE tube out of the bowden connector. (If difficult, you can do this after step 6)
- Unscrew bowden connector and remove it.
- Undo the tape holding the bowden tube to the braided sleeve.
- Keep the tape for the last step.
Slide the PTFE tube all the way down.
- Roughly 50mm into the hot end. Total length of the PTFE tube is 48.8 mm
Insert the worm into the top half and close using the Worm lid. Use the M3x30 screw to bolt the top half to the mounting block, in hole 3.
Insert the drive cable, via the connected sleeve clamp, in to the Worm and lock it in by rotating the Sleeve clamp. Place the M3 nut against the hole in the Top Housing and use the last screw, the M3x20, to lock the Sleeve clamp, Worm lid and Top housing together.
You can use the cloth tape that you took off in the second step to keep the drive cable sleeve and the wires in the braided sleeve together, if you want.
First of all a warning. in Step 16 you will need to work inside the control box while the power is on. So be careful, make sure you know which wires carry the mains and make sure you do not get close to those. Do this carefully and slowly. Just to be clear, there is a small risk of damaging the board if you mess up. So it is you responsibility to do this right, we are not to blame if you don’t.
Ideally use a non-conductive screwdriver to adjust the pot.
If, and only if, you are installing the Sidewinder, you need to reverse the direction of the stepper. Do NOT do this if you are installing the standard Nimble. If you have flashed the firmware, you can do that easily in the firmware. If not, you need to switch two wires at the plug going into the extruder stepper.
At the plug you will see little plastic tabs. One by one, lift these two and gently pull the wire out.
Switch these two wires.
So, counting from the orange tab, the outside wire goes into the second spot and the second wire goes into the fourth spot.
Unplug the power supply for now. Place the control box upside down, after removing the spool holder if you use it.
Now you see the power unit, this needs to be moved aside, but the wires can all stay connected.
Done! Put the power unit back, using the four screws and then close the control box with the base plate.
Using the Sidewinder¶
Configuring the Slicer¶
You do not need to adjust anything to your material profiles or layer settings. All you need to do is set start commands for your printer. So in your slicer, open the Printer settings and add the following code to your Startup Gcode:
;Marlin Setup g.code M92 E2650 ; Set steps/mm extrusion M201 E120 ; Set Extruder acceleration M204 R120 ; Set Retract acceleration M205 E3 ; Set Extruder Jerk M203 E45 ; Maximum feed rate
These settings are correct, but it is always a good idea to see them as a starting point and then tweak settings on your system for optimal results.
We have a few optional extra’s that are available on Thingiverse.