I've also begun work on redoing the Z axis.

Before I get too far there is still one little thing that needs doing, setting the value of the extrusion rate in firmware for the motherboard, E_STEPS_PER_MM.

For the standard Mendel with a splined shaft this value is 0.706, while Adrian B. has set this to 2.0 for his geared extruder, though I found out last night that this number is wrong, its too low.

First I had read this blog post

http://www.brokentoaster.com/blog/?p=358

After which I had to ask Adrian if this is equation he used, which it isn't, instead Adrian says that its

1 / (PI . Dpw / Stepper steps) x ((ratio of filament in to nozle dia or Fd / Nd)squared)

If

PI = 3.14159265

Dpw = 5mm

Stepper steps = 400

Fd = 3mm

Nd = 0.5mm

Comes to 0.707 which is wrong, so I fiddled the equation a bit to come to

((PI x Dpw / Stepper steps) x ((ratio of filament in to nozle dia or Fd / Nd)squared)) / 2

I get 0.706858, and the note in the firmware says its emperically adjusted, so by taking 3sf past the dp you get 0.706.

I don't know how correct this is yet, so i'll update the wiki later