Jyers is a powerful open-source software that can control your 3D printer, providing a user-friendly interface for controlling and communicating with your printer.
Installing Jyers on your Ender 3 (Pro, V2, S1) printer can bring many benefits, such as improved control over the printer, better 3D model visualization, and increased printing accuracy.
That’s why I wrote this article, to guide you through the process of installing Jyers on your Ender 3 printer in a detailed and comprehensive manner.
Installing Jyers on an Ender 3
These are the main steps in order to install Jyers on the Ender 3:
- Check minimum requirements
- Check your motherboard
- Download Jyers & Extract files
- Copy the Jyers files to the computer
- Insert the MicroSD card into the Ender 3
- Enter the bootloader mode
- Select Jyers
- Complete the installation
- Test Jyers
Check Minimum Requirements
Before you begin the installation process, it is important to make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Jyers.
These requirements include:
- Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.8 or later, or Linux
- A USB port
- At least 1 GB of RAM
It is also important to ensure that your Ender 3 is properly set up and that the Marlin firmware is up-to-date.
The easiest way to check if your Marlin firmware is up-to-date is to connect your 3D printer to your computer and open the control software that you use to control the printer.
The version of the Marlin firmware that is installed on your printer will usually be displayed in the control software’s settings or “About” section.
You can then compare the version number of your Marlin firmware to the latest version number that is available on the Marlin website.
If your firmware is out of date, you can download the latest version from the Marlin website and follow the instructions for installing the firmware on your 3D printer.
This will ensure that the printer is functioning correctly and that Jyers will be able to communicate with the printer.
Check out the video below to see detailed information about how to check if your Marlin firmware is up-to-date.
Checking Your Motherboard
The next step before installing Jyers is checking the type of motherboard that you have in your Ender 3. This is because different versions of the Ender 3 may have different motherboards, and each motherboard will need a different version of the Jyers firmware.
You’ll need to tilt your printer to gain access to screws located on the motherboard cover. Then you’ll need to remove the screws with a 2.5mm Allen Key, which usually comes with the 3D printer but you can also get them on Amazon.
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After removing the screws, look for the model number and manufacturer on the board itself. Once you have identified your motherboard, take note of what type of board you have as that will be important when downloading Jyers.
By checking and updating your motherboard, you can ensure that Jyers will be able to communicate with your Ender 3 correctly and provide you with an optimal 3D printing experience.
Check out the video below to see in full detail how to check your Ender 3’s motherboard.
Download Jyers & Extract Files
The next step in installing Jyers is to download the software. You can download Jyers from the official website.
Download the version that corresponds to your motherboard, as checked in the previous section. For example, if your printer has a 4.2.7, then download the file “E3V2-Default-v4.2.7-v2.0.1.bin”.
Just click the file and it should download automatically. Once you have downloaded save it to a preferred location on your computer.
Copy the Jyers Files to the MicroSD Card
Next, insert the MicroSD card into your computer and copy the Jyers.bin file to the root folder of the card. You will need a MicroSD card that is at least 4GB in size, and it should be formatted in FAT32 format.
To format the MicroSD card, insert it into your computer, right-click on the card in the file explorer, and select “Format”.
In the format options, select “FAT32” as the file system and click “Start”. Make sure that the file is named “Jyers.bin” and that it is the only file in the root folder of the card.
Insert the MicroSD card into the Ender 3
With the Jyers files copied to the MicroSD card, you can insert the card into the Ender 3. Make sure that the printer is powered off before inserting the card.
The location of the MicroSD card slot may vary between the different models of Ender 3, including the Ender 3 V2, S1, and Pro. It is typically located near the mainboard, but the exact location can depend on the design of the printer.
Some printers may have the MicroSD card slot accessible from the front, while others may have it located on the side or the back of the printer. It is best to consult the manual for your specific printer model to locate the MicroSD card slot.
Once the card is inserted, you’re ready to enter bootloader mode.
Enter the Bootloader Mode
To install Jyers, you must enter the bootloader mode on the Ender 3. To enter the bootloader mode on the Ender 3, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Turn off the printer
- Hold down the knob button on the Ender 3 while turning on the printer.
- The printer will enter the bootloader mode, and the screen will display “Update Firmware”.
In bootloader mode, the printer is in a state that allows it to receive and install firmware updates. This is a necessary step in installing Jyers to your Ender 3.
By holding down the knob button while turning on the printer, you are telling the printer to enter this special mode. Once in bootloader mode, the printer is ready to receive and install the Jyers firmware update.
With the printer in the bootloader mode, navigate to the “Update Firmware” option and select it.
The “Update Firmware” option can typically be found on the main menu or system settings of your Ender 3’s control interface.
Once you have entered the bootloader mode and navigated to this option, the printer will scan the connected MicroSD card for any available firmware updates. If the Jyers firmware is present on the card, it should be displayed as an option to select.
Upon selecting Jyers, the installation process will begin automatically. During this process, the firmware will be transferred from the MicroSD card to the printer’s internal memory.
This process can take several minutes, and you should not power off the printer or remove the MicroSD card until the installation is complete. Once the installation is complete, the printer will reboot and start up with the new firmware.
Complete the installation
The installation process may take several minutes to complete, depending on the speed of your printer. Once the installation is complete, the printer will restart, and Jyers will be installed and ready to use.
Users consider installing Jyers on the Ender 3 really easy as one user stated that it took him less time to install it than to watch a video about it.
One user really recommends installing Jyers as he thinks it’s the perfect “noob upgrade” for the Ender 3, which means it is a simple upgrade that even people that are not that familiar with 3D printing will be able to get done.
Another user stated that in case the installation does not seem to work, just put a stock Marlin firmware on the card, retry and then retry with Jyers. It worked for the user and his installation was successful.
Check out the video below for detailed instructions on how to install Jyers.
After configuring Jyers, it is important to test to ensure that the software is working correctly.
One way to test Jyers is by using the “Move” function in Jyers to move the extruder and bed and the “Heat” function to heat up the extruder and bed to their set temperatures.
To use the “Move” function, simply navigate to the “Move” tab in Jyers and use the arrows or input fields to control the movement of the extruder and bed.
For the “Heat” function, navigate to the “Heat” tab in Jyers and select the extruder or bed you want to heat up. Input the desired temperature, and click the “Heat” button.
The software will then begin heating up the selected component, and display the current temperature in real time.
You can also test Jyers by printing a model such as the XYZ Calibration Cube. You can use the “Load” function in Jyers to load a 3D model, and then use the “Print” function to start the printing process.
One user really loves Jyers and has been using it for at least a year on an Ender 3 V2 with a 4.2.2 mainboard. He thinks the advanced options are great and uses Jyers in conjunction with Octoprint.
He thinks Jyers made his set-up as good as much more expansive 3D printers.
Check out the video below for more information about installing Jyers on the Ender 3.
Installing Jyers with BLTouch & CR Touch
The BLTouch and CR Touch are popular auto bed leveling sensors that can be added to the Ender 3 to improve its performance and accuracy.
If you have installed either of these sensors on your Ender 3, you will need to make a few additional steps when installing Jyers.
These are the steps in order to have Jyers installed with a BLTouch or CR Touch:
- Install the BLTouch or CR Touch firmware
- Configure the BLTouch or CR Touch in Jyers
- Test BLTouch or CR Touch
Install the BLTouch or CR Touch Firmware
Before installing Jyers, you need to install the firmware for the BLTouch or CR Touch. This can typically be done using the Marlin firmware.
Download the latest version of Marlin from the official website and follow the instructions for installing the firmware.
Check out the video below for a complete guide about installing the BLTouch firmware on an Ender 3.
Configure the BLTouch or CR Touch in Jyers
Once the firmware is installed, you will need to configure the BLTouch or CR Touch in Jyers.
To do this, go to the “Settings” menu and select “Printer Settings”. In the “Printer Settings” menu, select the “Ender 3” option.
Then, navigate to the “Auto Bed Leveling” section and select either “BLTouch” or “CR Touch”, depending on the sensor you have installed.
Test the BLTouch or CR Touch
After configuring the sensor, you should test it to ensure it is working correctly. To do this, go to the “Control” menu and select “Auto Bed Leveling”.
The sensor should initiate a bed leveling sequence and adjust the bed height as needed. It is important to make sure that the BLTouch or CR Touch is properly calibrated and working correctly before using Jyers to print.
If the sensor is not functioning correctly, your prints may not adhere to the bed or may have other issues. One user recommends using Jyers with the BLTouch as it makes printing a lot easier and gives perfect first layers.
Another user thinks installing Jyers changed his life and saved his sanity by improving his printing quality by a lot.