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Firmware updating (MK3S+/MK3S/MK3)

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Updating the firmware is recommended for all users as every new version brings new features and fixes.

To utilize the new SuperPINDA, your MK3S must at least have firmware version 3.9.2!

To flash the firmware onto your printer, you need:

  • Computer running Windows, macOS, or Linux
  • USB cable, preferably the original included with your printer
  • PrusaSlicer and the printer's driver installed (download here)

To check which firmware version you already have on your printer, power it up and go to LCD menu -> Support. Scroll down and you will see the firmware version. The procedure for installing an older version of the firmware (downgrading) is exactly the same.

If you want to flash the firmware, the printer must be on.

Preparations

  • PrusaSlicer and the printer's driver must be installed. If you do not have this installed, it is found in the Drivers and Apps package available where you download the latest firmware.
  • Enter our our downloads section and download the firmware (green square). To find the correct firmware, see the name and picture of the printers/upgrades and compare it to your machine. Be aware that Original Prusa MK3 and MK3S do not use the same firmware file. However, MK3S and MK3S+ use the same firmware.

Flashing procedure

  1. To flash the firmware into your printer, connect the RAMBo board to your computer using the square-shaped USB-B 2.0 cable. The printer must be ON!

  1. Unzip the .zip-file to a folder on your computer.
  2. Open PrusaSlicer, click on the 'Configuration' menu, and select 'Flash printer firmware' (left picture).
  3. Click on the Browse button (green arrow right picture) and choose the .hex file from the location you unzipped it. The file name with the firmware for the MK3S is prusa3d_fw_MK3S_x_x_x_xxx where the x is the firmware version number.
  4. Make sure the Serial Port field (red square right picture) displays your printer's name (Original Prusa i3 MK3) and has a COM port assigned (ex. COM4). Click Flash! and let the procedure complete. Progress is indicated on both the Firmware flasher and the printer's display.
If the Serial port field display anything but the name of the printer (ex. usbmodemfa141 or /dev/tty.usbmodem) you should try another USB port on your computer, reinstall the driver or restart your computer.

Problems when flashing

If you encounter any firmware updating or flashing problems, check our article about the most common errors: Firmware updating issues (MK2S/MK3S/MMU2S).
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