One of the things that has facilitated the spread of free 3D printers is the sale of electronic boards that transform computer orders into movements and impressions of servo motors and extruders. In this field, two plates stand out: Ramps and Sanguinololu. Two free and very good plates but somewhat expensive and the fact is that electronic plates are the elements that make 3D printers quite expensive.
But this will come to an end as they are coming out plates like Chitu that offer the same as Ramps but for a cheaper price and a smaller size. The latest version of Chitu, Chitu 5.1. it is small in size but does not lose efficiency or performance.
Chitu 5.1 offers direct printing via smartphone
The Chitu board 5.1. has some measures 100 x 75 mm, some reduced measures if we compare it with any other electronic board, but in the case of this board, the user can connect directly with the smartphone or with any Windows computer, since the board itself has a special firmware that makes it compatible with Windows computers. Also, in this case we will not need to insert no plugin to be able to read sd or microsd cards since it has directly the slot for cards that we can use to print directly.
The price of Chitu 5.1 is $ 69 a unit, a low price if we compare it with the 60 euros that any of the aforementioned plates costs us and does not offer the same benefits as Chitu 5.1. Unfortunately Chitu 5.1 is only available in China at the moment, but like its predecessor, the Chitu 3.6, it will be a matter of time before it reaches other countries in the world.
Personally I think this electronic board for 3D printers is interesting, not only because it offers great performance but because it offers many functions for little money, something that will increase the power of the 3D Printer and reduce its price. However Will you like that compatibility between Chitu 5.1 and Windows?