Arduino as logging alternative

Before you start

Make sure you have the correct driver installed on your computer. The driver can be found in the latest software update on our website ( “download drivers and update tool”.

Install the “Arduino IDE” software latest version ( This program will be used to display the data log.

What is a data log?

A data log is an output of the sensor/controller data of the Filament Extruder over the USB port. In this data log the different variables of the machine can be monitored.

Connect Filament maker

Step 1: Turn on the power of the Filament Extruder.

Step 2: Connect the filament extruder with the USB cable to the computer.

Arduino IDE

Step 3: Open the “Arduino” IDE program.

Step 4: Go to the tab “Tools” and then click “Board” and select the “Arduino/Genuino Mega or Mega 2650”.

Step 5: Go to the tab “Tools” and then click “Port” and select the one of the selected COM ports. Dependent on your computer setup you might see multiple COM ports here, you can check which one is de Filament extruder by connecting/disconnecting the USB cable. The port that will appear/disappear is the COM port you want to select.

Step 6: Go to the upper right corner of the Arduino IDE main screen, and click the looking glass icon:

Step 7: When you have the “Serial Monitor” open make sure you set “Both NL & CR” and ”115200 baud”.

Step 8: At this point you should be able to see some information on the “Serial monitor” screen.

Step 9: Pres the “Enter” key on your keyboard and then the Data logging should start and new lines of information should be entering your screen every second.


Step 10: Click the download button below to download the ”data input sheet”.

Leave the data log running for as long as you seem necessary, then copy all (ctrl-A -> ctr-C) the collected data to the excel sheet and paste (ctrl-V) it in the first cell (1×1).

After this you can switch between the tabs at the bottom of the excel sheet for detailed information.


I’ve you are having troubles with the output then select all (ctrl-A -> ctr-C) the collected data to a .txt file, using a program like “Notepad”. and paste (ctrl-V) it in here.

Send the file to so we can analyze your specific situation.