Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I have been building up the second CRAMPS board to verify the low-cost PCBs from off-shore really work as expected. Since I'm doing another build anyway, I have been documenting the process with pictures and have created a CRAMPS 1.0 page with assembly details, ECOs, and other board details on the RepRap Wiki. Follow along there if you're interested in tracking progress or are building your own board. If you are interested in building up a board and can hand-solder the six fine-pitch SMT parts, send me an email and I'll try to get you a bare PCB.
Meanwhile, work is progressing on the next version of the CRAMPS board thanks to Murry Lindeblom. Murry has been doing some great with KiCAD getting the schematic whipped into shape while I've been busy with other projects. The main changes are to simplify the design, reducing parts count and making the board cheaper to produce. See the list of ECOs on the RepRap Wiki for hints about the next version.