What is the Klipper 3D Printer Firmware and Do You Need It

1 Mar

The Klipper 3D Printer Firmware is a next generation free and open-source 3D printer firmware developed by Kevin O’Connor that is intended to bring things to the next level by taking advantage of additional processing power provided by a Raspberry Pi or another single-board computer. Having more processing power than what a traditional 3D Printer motherboard running an older and inexpensive hardware with limited processing power allows you to do more things and do them better, optimizing the 3D printing process for more speed and precision… then there are some extra features being added on top of the quality improvement and speed improvement as well. Better and user-friendly moinitring and control interface with network connectivity of the printer, remote monitoring and control as an option, web-camera integration, LCD and touch-screen display support, automated bed-leveling and automatic delta calibration, full user control, custom programmable macros and so much more and since it is open source software it can be updated, upgraded and improved over time easily.

So, by using the newer Klipper 3D Printer Firmware on your 3D printer you should be able to get faster prints with better quality and access to a number of extra features (input shaping and pressure advance most notably). And the best of all is that if you already have a 3D printer that runs on the older Marlin firmware you are very likely to be able to get it to run the Klipper firmware and bring it in a more up-to-date condition, upgrading the processing speed and the quality of your prints. Do note however that the Klipper firmware is intended for people that are not new to 3D printers and 3D printing, especially if you are planning on upgrading from old Marlin firmware to the Klipper as it will require some hardware tweaking and upgrading as well as tinkering on the software side. But it is well worth it if you are interested in getting more out of your existing 3D printer and want to spend the time doing so, or if you are looking for a new one with Klipper out of the box or an easy to be upgrade to Klipper firmware there are some options as well.

Fortunately, we are starting to see some readily made 3D printers coming out with the Klipper 3D Printer Firmware pre-installed on them, so besides upgrading your old 3D printer to get the advantages and benefits of the Klipper firmware, you can also get a new one that runs Klipper. One of the first affordable such 3D Printers is the BIQU Hurakan DIY 3D Printer that can be found for sub $400 USD and the other option is the more expensive and larger and more feature rich out of the box FLSUN V400 Delta 3D Printer that is more like a sub $1000 USD. Upgrading your existing 3D printer to run Klipper might be much more cost effective if you have the needed knowledge or are eager to tinker with things and want to learn and experiment doing that.

There is another interesting alternative option also available and that is the Creality Sonic Pad device that was originally intended to bring Klipper support as an easy upgrade to Creality’s Ender 3 and Ender 5 as well as CR-series of 3D printers. Meanwhile the company has extended support for their product range and has also focused on allowing other printers to be used together with the Sonic Pad to be upgraded to support the Klipper firmware and get the features and improvements it offers. The Creality Sonic Pad is currently available for about $160 USD.

We have decided that it is time to “retire” our old Sailfish-based Replicator 2 and the Prisa i3 based on the Marlin firmware and get the new BIQU Hurakan DIY 3D Printer to star tinkering with Klipper out of the box and with the printer itself as it can take some improvements and upgrades on top of what you get by default. Of course, we are going to be sharing our experience with the BIQU Hurakan that comes with the Klipper pre-installed, so stay tuned for more about that printer and the Klipper firmware.

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