Since there are few standards in the parts supplied for 3D printers, especially with stepper motors and their wiring (heck they can't even agree on the colors!), I thought it would be nice to have a desktop setup that would facilitate testing the motors and identifying the proper wire configuration.
I have trouble maintaining a clean workbench so I avoid leaving electronics unprotected and would prefer to have a well-labeled enclosure so I could experiment with connecting devices and determine what goes where.
To that end, I have created a case which holds an MKS Base 1.5 controller board and a "RepRapDiscount Smart Controller" all in a single package. The case has provisions for mounting an XT60 for supply power and XT30's for Bed and Extruder feeds. Granted the XT60 is overkill, but I wanted to have a simple way of separating the Power Supply connection from the power signals.
The rest of the connections are handled by JST SM connectors which are clearly marked on the case. I chose JST SM for two reasons, I had them in stock and the socket end has provisions for panel mounting. The drawback to this is that, if you chose to use the connectors, they are not currently being used in 3D printers as far as I know.
For those who choose not to use the connectors just feed the wires through the appropriately labeled holes.
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