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Chitu G code Explained
Once again Scott Here to see if I can’t help you understand the something else I have seen questions about in the 3D printing community. This Time around I’ll go over the G-code used By Chitu on their F mini control board and other custom made control boards used by Tronxy and several other companies now. This control board comes on the Tronxy X5SA, X5ST, X5S-E2, XY-3 and XY-2 to name a few.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGING THESE SETTING WILL change your printers behavior. Therefore I do not recommend changing settings yourself without understanding what each setting your adjusting does.
So To start with G code files can not be written in word you are better off writing then in notepad because it does not leave artifacts in the background. Therefore any time you want to update the firmware you need to either edit the g code you have or start a new notepad document for it.
I am going to do my best to explain each of the G codes in every day terms If I can think of how. Then if you want you can copy each line into a notepad document and edit and save it. Once saved to the SD card put the SD card into the control board and run that G code file as if it was a print and done. Make sure ever g code file you make has the save g code at the end.
Please not that this is the first G code I have seen that is like this “ M8012 I200” in this case the M8012 is the code then “ I” is the actual settings your adjusting so in the above example it is 200. The this example M8012 is the code for X Y max movement speed then the 200 is the mms. So if you wanted to slow down the max speed you could change it to 120 or 300 to speed it up depending on your printer.
Resume on power Lose
M8000 I1 ; used if you have the resume on power lose module installed
M8000 I0 ; used if you do not have the resume on power lose module installed
Stepper Motor Direction
X stepper motor
M8002 I-1 ; current direction
M8002 I1 ; Reverse direction
Y stepper motor
M8003 I-1 ; current direction
M8003 I1 ; Reverse direction
Z stepper motor
M8004 I-1 ; current direction
M8004 I1 ; Reverse direction
E stepper motor
M8005 I-1 ; current direction
M8005 I1 ; Reverse direction
X axis Movement
M8005 X0 ; print head moves in X axis
M8005 X1 ; Bed moves in X axis
Y axis Movement
M8005 Y0 ; print head moves in X axis
M8005 Y1 ; Bed moves in X axis
Z axis Movement
M8005 Z0 ; print head moves in X axis
M8005 Z1 ; Bed moves in X axis
speed is in mm/s; acceleration is in mm/ s^2 start speed. When the moving speed exceeds this speed, it takes this speed as the starting speed and begins to accelerate.Otherwise, it is in constant motion at the moving speed
M8007 I10 ; Lower this is your getting ringing
Acceleration, the larger the value is, the greater the actual average moving speed is.
Axis Steps Per Millimeter
example, 1.8 degree stepper motor, pulley with 20 teeth, tooth pitch is 2.032mm, 1/16 microstepping are (20*2.032)/((360/1.8)*16)
Set X and Y the same
M8009 S0.0125 ; adjust the 0.0125 to correct both at once
independent X,Y stepper motor parameters
M8009 X0.0127 Y0.0127
value of each step of Z. The calculation formula: lead /((360/1.8)*16),
value of each step of E. This value is equal to the 1/3200 circumference of extruder gear. In addition
Max Movement / print speed
XY movement mm/s
Z movement mm/s
Home Speed settings
first home speed
X-axis and Y-axis
second home speed
X-axis and Y-axis
Pre-extrusion before print
max speed of pre-extrusion(mm/s)
Feeding by non-reduction gear, max speed always above 100.
E max speed
Not sure why this one is here because M8014 does the same thing
M8020 S1.5 ; will set the retract to 1.5mm no matter what the slicer says
M8020 S0 ; Follows slicer retract settings
M8033 S8 ; will set retract speed to 8mms
M8033 S0 ; Follows slicer retract speed settings
Max hotend temperature
Min Hotend Temperature for extruder to turn on
Maximum temperature of hot bed
Temperature error detection
M8023 T0 ; Enable temperature error detection
M8023 T1 ; Forbidding temperature error detection
Maximum distance of X, Y, Z,
exceeding the distance will cause the buzzer to buzz
number of extrusion head Or use of second E stepper driver If the second driver chip set is there. (tronxy E2 versions only)
Set the number of extrusion headat least 1, at most 3 at present
Whether it is 3 in 1 out nozzle or 2 in 1 out nozzle, these two nozzles share a temperature sensor, share a heating rod
0: not 3/2 in 1 out nozzle 1: 3/2 in 1 out nozzle
The second extrusion head will be used as Z. For some large equipment, two Z axes will be needed. Therefore E2 can be used as Z axis.
This order will force the number of extrusion heads to be 1 0: double Z double limit mode, the second limit connect to X+,
1£ºdouble Z single limit mode, only connect to one limit switch . if to enable this function, place a tick in front of the command.
the second extrusion head will be used as Y
if to enable this function, place a tick in front of the command.
The second extrusion head is used as the first one, because some machines use two motors to feed the wire
If you need to enable this feature, place a tick in front of the command
M8027 T1 ; enable hot bed
M8027 T1 ; disable hot bed
Extra pri after retract
M8028 S0.00 ; Add to the 0.00 to add extra length on the prime length after retract.
M8029 I0 ; front left
M8029 I1 ; Unilateral maximum point limit
M8029 I2 ; Bilateral limit
M8029 I3 ; Limit in the left rear of the machine
types for limit switch
M8029 T0 , limit switch normally open, when not triggered, the signal level is open
M8029 T1:XYZ limit switch normally closed, when not triggered, the signal level is closed
Filament out Detection
Uses same plus as auto bed level sensor
M8029 D0 ; ban fault detection
M8029 D1 ; enabled fault detection
Limit switch type for filament out detection
M8029 P1 ; same with XYZ limit type
M8029 P-1 ; opposite to XYZ limit type
part cooling Fan
M8030 I0 ; fan is controlled by slicing software
M8030 Ixxx ; setting a temperature that is larger than 0 fan controlled by firmware
M8030 I0 ; full speed from powering on control board
M8030 I50 T-1 ; allows you to set what speed and temp the coldend fan comes on at
SD card displayed on screen
M8034 I1 ; Yes
M8034 I0 ; No
Auto level point setup
The maximum is 5 as regard to leveling setting, X, Y are floating number, if X, Y are small than 1, then it indicates the corresponding proportion of journey. Otherwise, it indicates the absolute coordinates of X and Y, the unit is mm.
M8035 I3 ; the number of instruction is same with that of point
M8036 X-20 Y0 ; start point
M8036 X50 Y50 ; second point
M8036 X250 Y250 , Third point
M8036 X£» ; ends auto level
M8080 I0 ; Cartesian
M8080 I2 ; Corexy
M8081 I0 ; Ideal NTC 100K 1% 3950 B
M8081 I2 ; corresponding to the type 2 sensor of marlin
Auto leveling setting
M8083 I0 ; ban auto leveling
M8083 I1; enable auto leveling (leveling switch connect Z)
Z Height Offset(TORONXY HAS THE ONSCREEN)
I skipped this because Tronxy has it onscreen. Height difference of Z leveling limit = Z zero position-Z position for leveling limit. 0: forbid deviation, the route of Z is determined by¡°set Z as zero¡±,the printed
G code doesn’t need the automatic high leveling order. It's recommended to use this mode. Non 0:Z is automatically determined when the leveling limit is triggered. Under this mode,
G29 automatic leveling order must be after the return to zero of G28 and before begin print. If the extrusion head is near to main board during limitation, the value is positive.
The minimum is 100ms,the maximum is 6000ms
standby mode to shutdown
This function can only be used for the equipment installed with the power module. The unit is second(s). When the value is 0, it indicates forbidding the function of shutdown after standby.
Max Fan speed
Max 256 with more noise, which can be adjusted through this parameter
Disable steppers and turn off all heating after printing
M8489 P0 ; Turn off all
M8489 P1 ; G Code Controlled
I have not used these one will more than likely be hotend the other the bed
M301 P22.2 I1.08 D114 ; enables PID
M303 E0 S150 C5; enables PID
M8520 I0 ; do not support the laser engraving
M8520 I1 ; support laser engraving, there are more buttons inside to set speed
Replace the word networkname with your network's name leaving the quotation marks, Replace the word Password with your networks password leaving quotation marks.
MUST DO THIS IN EVER G CODE SET YOU SEND THE PRINTER
below is an example of a Gcode I personally used to do basic update to the X5SA.
;Speed settings: speed is in mm/s; acceleration is in mm/ s^2
;start speed.When the moving speed exceeds this speed, it takes this speed as the starting speed and begins to accelerate.
;Otherwise, it is in constant motion at the moving speed c3d
;maximum speed while turning a corner. There there will be a large number of reciprocating motion while filling.
;The noise is loud while this value is large. When the value is small, the speed is slow c3d
;acceleration, the larger the value is, the greater the actual average moving speed is.
;However, the noise is loud. The actual speed is small when the value is small c3d
;MAX MOVEMENT / PRINT SPEED.
;maximum speed of various parameters. In order to ensure the stabilization of the machine,
;please make settings according to the measured results
;maximum speed of XY movement mm/s
;maximum speed of Z movement mm/s
;maximum speed of the extruder mm/s
;Z-axis home speed.When using makerware software,the home speed will be ignored while slicing,
;because gcode specified the home speed
;first home speed when Z-axis returns to zero, higher
;first home speed when X-axis and Y-axis returns to zero, higher
;second home speed when Z-axis returns to zero, slower
;second home speed when X-axis and Y-axis returns to zero, slower
; Tronxy Has this turned off
;Forbidding temperature error detection. The default temperature error detection will pop up the warning when the temperature
;sensor is not well plugged in or the heating power is too small. Strongly suggest not forbidding this function
;1: Forbidding temperature error detection 0: Enable temperature error detection
;MAX TRAVEL (adjusted because I have bed lowering installed).
;maximum distance of Z
;the duration of the boot screen,the minimum is 100ms,the maximum is 6000ms c3d
M117 PRINTER NOW CUSTOMIZED
;¡¾Save command¡¿ This parameter must not be less, otherwise all parameters can not be saved to the device
;save the configuration
Hello, i dont nkow if someone will look at this but i will try to explain myselft!
I want to configure a second extruder. I understood how to activate it, but i dont nkow what i have to write on the code to configure the steps and turning direction of the second extruder.
Thanks in advance!
Chitu does not allow you to adjust each extruder on it's own. We have asked them to change this but so far they have not done it.
If anyone have X5SA CHITU BOARD with BMG or BMG CLONE and have issues with the extruder. Just use this setup
best regards !
Thanks for this it has been enormously helpful. I am still struggling with something though. How do you reverse the second extruder in a dual extruder setup such as the x5s-2e?
I successfully used the gcode you gave to reverse extruder however it only reverses the first extruder.
I believe the e steps calibration gcode only affects the first extruder too.
Thanks for your help
You found the downfall to this firmware the 2 extruders are looked as 1 in the firmware using same direction and same esteps.
To swap the direction of the second one it can be done by swapping around the wires on the plug or flipping the plug over 180.
The thermistors are also looked at as if they are 1 as far as you cant set 2 different types.
Thank's a lot for your specification of chitu gcode!
I would like to ask you about E motor. After I set estep(its perfect for 100mm printer gives 100,05mm) I have problem that printer lose x,y step(when I give command - go to home position, printer push on limit switches but x and y motor still work and all machine is overload).
Does It mean that I must set all motors in one file?
In stock parameter I have little problem only with E motor
Maybe I did something wrong or in bad or in the wrong order.
I turn on the printer>
set z offset>
Start print random file and it's start again..
Thanks. You can change 1 setting at a time or all at once if you want if the x and y are pushing when the limit switch is hit sounds like it's not seeing the switch being triggered sounds like something else got changed if that was not a problem on factory setting
I have x5sa pro, maybe here is the problem that this printer have newest motherboard.
In your opinion my gcode is complete to change only one setting? Maybe i must add something on the beginning?
Came across your post while looking for information about my Qidi Max printer. Your information led me to the Chitu web site where I downloaded their console.
I was able to find the exact board I have in my Qidi Max and all the other relevant information.
Sure has made life easier!
Chuck - Olympia WA
I made a post earlier but it was as a guest. It possibly had some more config commands. Not sure what happened to it but I hope it gets moderated and accepted.
More like owner doesnt always have time to to respond within seconds and I found your post rude and if you keep it up you will find "admin removed account." Your guest comment had nothing to add except the fact i had not approved your account in 2 hours yes i checked from the time you requested the account to posting the comment it was right at 2 hours. I'm sorry this free site was not fast enough but believe it or not i have a day job and a life outside the site and i was actually asleep when you sent the request and made the comment. So I guess let me say sorry "I tried" to run this site to the best of my abilities with the time and money I have and I guess it's not good enough for you.
Now if you want to post the comment again that's fine but I will say out of the list of codes I did not see a single one that was new. My list is straight from chitu and they have told me many times they do not add new codes point in fact I have been trying to get them to update the firmware and even had tronxy authorize the modifications I was asking for but in 2 years they have made zero changes to the firmware. The version numbers tronxy puts on screen it actually just version numbers of the configuration gcode file not the firmware.
I made two posts as a guest. I first posted the long list then realized that it is too inconvenient to go through The entire second post were all the codes that weren't listed in the codes posted. I actually spent about an hour and a half comparing all your codes and add a few missing codes. I might be slow on the computer but there is quite a few to go through and add their functionality. They were the most recent codes and were taken from a config file that was made available on 13, Nov 2019. They are on tronxy's website. I am aware of their record with firmware from researching them, that's why I opted to get rid of anything chitu on my D01 and replace them with skr 1.3 running marlin 2.0.
I'm fully aware that this is a free site, this is why I thought I was helping out by posting the missing codes then adding only the missing codes to make it easier to understand. I removed the chitu board from my printer before bothering with it so I was just trying to help.
I do apologize for the rude follow up post and respectfully request that my account get permanently removed by admin whenever you have time of course. I only made it for the follow up posts. I would have deleted or closed it myself but the option isn't present. Please permanently delete my account.
Good luck I have a bunch of these chitu control boards and that has never worked. Not once for any of my printers. But it should be the exact same as any other code create a notepad++ document write the gcodes you want with save code. Save rename as .gcode then run it as a print.
Like i said i have tried it on my printers and it's never worked.
Nothing I know of allows you to pull current setting but honestly I see no need to do this. You dont need all the settings in the file ONLY the ones you want to change the rest stay as they where.
What can you do that it works.
Actually I wanted to install two threaded spindles 400mm 8mm T8 thread 2mm pitch.
First wanted to enter a code and test whether this works before I install the threaded spindle
Just do it and calibrate it. The setting listed in the article are factory unless noted otherwise.