This details the installation of Sailfish on a printer currently running
firmware other than Sailfish. If your printer already has Sailfish
installed, instead refer to Chapter 7.
It is important to note that if your printer is new to you, then
you are advised to consider using it for at least a week before
switching firmware. This allows you to get to know your printer and
ensure that it is operating correctly before upgrading it in any
way. If you upgrade a new printer before establishing that
it is functioning properly, it may be difficult to distinguish
between manufacturing defects and changes introduced by the
modifications you have created. Do yourself a favor and take things
s l o w l y.
If you are unsure what firmware your printer is running, these
steps can help you ascertain the firmware type.
- If your printer does not have an LCD display, you will need
to connect directly to it over USB and find what firmware
version it reports. If it reports a firmware version of 3.1
or earlier, then it is running MakerBot’s stock firmware. A
firmware version of 3.2 or later means that it is running
either the Jetty Firmware, 3.2–3.5, or Sailfish, 4.0 and later.
(The Jetty Firmware is Sailfish by an earlier name.) If
the latter is the case, see Chapter 7 for information on
upgrading your printer’s firmware.
- If your printer does have an LCD display, then turn it on.
As it powers up, watch the LCD display for a “splash”
screen which will appear only for a few seconds. If Sailfish
is running on your printer, then the splash screen should be
similar to that shown in Figure 3.1. Look to see if the word
“Sailfish” appears. If it does, then your printer is already
running Sailfish and you should turn to Chapter 7. Even if
the word “Sailfish” does not appear, it is still possible that
you are already running Sailfish, as some manufacturers
alter the splash screen to show different information.
- If you missed seeing the splash screen or are still unsure
what firmware you are running, check and see how many
top-level menu items your printer has. Sailfish only has
the three presented in Section 3.2. However, this is not
definitive as early versions of MakerBot’s firmware display
only three top-level menu items as well. But, if you see more
than three top level menu selections, as well as the printer
name which appears on the first line, then you are unlikely
to be running Sailfish.
- Finally, go to the “Version Information” item of the
“Utilities” menu and see what is displayed. Refer
to Section 3.7.22 for samples of the Sailfish version
information screen. If you do not see the word “Sailfish” in
the display, then you are not running Sailfish.
Once you are satisfied that your printer is not running Sailfish
and you are ready to upgrade to Sailfish, then read on. But please
follow these directions carefully so as to prevent any surprises that
may delay your return to printing.
Note On Replicator series
the Sailfish version numbers
begin at 6.2. On Thing-o-Matic
and Cupcake printers, Sailfish
version numbers begin at 4.0.