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Question Dated: 9/16/2019 5:53:30 PMlimit switch does not work as wired mach3 usb
Question Dated: 9/17/2019 7:33:10 PMi have Artcam 2013 for an General Inc. Icarver 40913. My computer crash with the Licenses from Delcam i would like to know how to get the licenses.

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  • I have a KL23H2100-30-4B motor with a KL-4030 driver and my motor stalls if I set the rapid above 180 imp.

    What mechanical drive system are you using? If your mechanical drive system connected to the stepper motor causes the motor to spin too fast, then you will be reaching the torque limit of the motor under the load of your axis.

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    I have a KL23H2100-30-4B motor with a KL-4030 driver and my motor stalls if I set the rapid above 180 imp.

  • stepper switch settings

    On the top of the stepper motor drivers is a grid with the appropriate toggle switch positions for the lead screw being used. If it is 2 turns per inch, the proper toggle switch positions would be 01101110. Try this and see if it works.

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    stepper switch settings

  • looking at woodsmith CNC and wanted better understand how it is wired. is it possible to get better wiring diagrams or manuals?

    There is a wiring diagram in the instructions on the following page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    In the instructions, you will find the wiring diagram and further instructions below that with greater detail on how to connect the various features of the Mach3 USB controller that is used in the Woodsmith article.

    Note in the wiring diagram that COM- is the DCM terminal and COM+ is the 24V terminal.

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    looking at woodsmith CNC and wanted better understand how it is wired. is it possible to get better wiring diagrams or manuals?

  • On Mach3 USB the port number is 3 but i dont see the motor output pin numbers for the stepper side? could you please provide this for me? maybe a sketch of all the pin numbers the way Mach 3 sees them?

    The step and direction terminals on the Mach3 USB controller are the terminals labeled XP, XD, YP, YD, ZP, ZD, AP and AD. The P is the pulse or step terminal and the D is the direction terminal.

    The configuration for the motor outputs are already configured in the Mach3 configuration file that is available on that product page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

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    On Mach3 USB the port number is 3 but i dont see the motor output pin numbers for the stepper side? could you please provide this for me? maybe a sketch of all the pin numbers the way Mach 3 sees them?

  • I purchased the large gantry system with USB control. I have built the CNC and it is working fine. Now fine tuning the motors. On the X-axis I have the Velocity set at 60 (inches), Acceleration at 1.4, the Step Pulse 1-5us and Dir Pulse set at 0. Do I need to adjust the pulses?

    The steps per unit is automatically determined in the calibration of the axis by clicking on the "set steps per unit" button above the reset button on the settings tab. Initially set the velocity and acceleration to a low setting, like 100 and 10 respectively, so that the axis does not stall during this operation. Once calibrated, the steps per unit will be set to the correct value and the velocity and acceleration can be increased. I have a video explaning the tuning of the motors on this page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

    The name of the video is Test and Tune the motors.

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    I purchased the large gantry system with USB control. I have built the CNC and it is working fine. Now fine tuning the motors. On the X-axis I have the Velocity set at 60 (inches), Acceleration at 1.4, the Step Pulse 1-5us and Dir Pulse set at 0. Do I need to adjust the pulses?

  • Hi there, when the gantry bumps up against a limit switch and triggers it, how do you tell Mach3 to allow me to jog the motor away from the limit switch? ie: I can't press RESET because the limit is open.... how do I move it? Thx.
  • Hi there, when the gantry bumps up against a limit switch and triggers it, how do you tell Mach3 to allow me to jog the motor away from the limit switch? ie: I can't press RESET because the limit is open.... how do I move it? Thx.
  • Using a Pokey57 CNC and Mach 4 can you tell me how to connect my laser. The laser has three wires.. Ground - 12V Power and PMW.

    Do you have a TL or a TH for triggering the laser? If you power the digital side of your laser power supply with 12V and tie the gnd with the PWM gnd on the pokeys57CNC controller, you may be able to use the PWM on the pokeys57CNC controller. Before you do this, I would suggest that you contact polabs support (http://support.polabs.com/) and ask them if this is possible.

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    Using a Pokey57 CNC and Mach 4 can you tell me how to connect my laser. The laser has three wires.. Ground - 12V Power and PMW.

  • the Y axis seems to be compressed. I have loaded the g-code for the roadrunner sample in the Mach3 program. After the code has completed it cycle the end result looks like a flattened roadrunner.

    Use the calibration in the settings tab. There is a button next to the "Reset" button on the settings page called "Set Steps Per Unit". Select the axis you wish to calibrate. Then specify a measurement that you want the axis to travel. Once the axis has finished moving that distance, you will inform the real measurement that the axis has traveled. That axis will now be calibrated. Do this to all of the axes that you wish to calibrate.

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    the Y axis seems to be compressed. I have loaded the g-code for the roadrunner sample in the Mach3 program. After the code has completed it cycle the end result looks like a flattened roadrunner.

  • I bought a 'BuildyourCNC V1' relay board to go with my mach3 usb controller. I have been sent a 'Songle' relay. It's not the one in your picture and it's got different connections, for which there isn't a wiring diagram. The one I ordered says it is 5v, this one seems to be saying it's a 24v unit. Can you please explain what has happened? Thanks

    The Mach3 USB interface board requires 24V relays externally. There are no relays on the mach3 usb board. If you use an external relay on the mach3 usb board, the relay connects to the V+ which is 24V and the output pin is the return.

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    I understand what you are saying. Does your relay board work with the Mach3 USB board? If not, what relay board do you suggest to work with this usb controller?

    Additional Information:
    Our relay board works with our parallel breakout board. An off the shelf SSR (Solid State Relay) made for 24V should work fine.

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    I bought a 'BuildyourCNC V1' relay board to go with my mach3 usb controller. I have been sent a 'Songle' relay. It's not the one in your picture and it's got different connections, for which there isn't a wiring diagram. The one I ordered says it is 5v, this one seems to be saying it's a 24v unit. Can you please explain what has happened? Thanks

  • I bought a 'BuildyourCNC V1' relay board to go with my mach3 usb controller. I have been sent a 'Songle' relay. It's not the one in your picture and it's got different connections, for which there isn't a wiring diagram. The one I ordered says it is 5v, this one seems to be saying it's a 24v unit. Can you please explain what has happened? Thanks

    The Mach3 USB interface board requires 24V relays externally. There are no relays on the mach3 usb board. If you use an external relay on the mach3 usb board, the relay connects to the V+ which is 24V and the output pin is the return.

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    I understand what you are saying. Does your relay board work with the Mach3 USB board? If not, what relay board do you suggest to work with this usb controller?

    Additional Information:
    Our relay board works with our parallel breakout board. An off the shelf SSR (Solid State Relay) made for 24V should work fine.

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    I bought a 'BuildyourCNC V1' relay board to go with my mach3 usb controller. I have been sent a 'Songle' relay. It's not the one in your picture and it's got different connections, for which there isn't a wiring diagram. The one I ordered says it is 5v, this one seems to be saying it's a 24v unit. Can you please explain what has happened? Thanks

  • What power supply do you recommend for the spindle and limit switches if I buy the USB Mach3 breakout board?

    Any of the following power supplies will be fine for powering the Mach3 USB controller:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/24v

    however, the limit switches do not need high current, so the following power supply is sufficient for the task of connecting limit switches:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-power-supply-24v-1a-dc

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    What power supply do you recommend for the spindle and limit switches if I buy the USB Mach3 breakout board?

  • Will any of you boards support running dual spindles and using clearpath servos

    Our Pokeys57CNC CNC Controller will control the Clearpath servos. Clearpath servos can work using standard step pulses and direction signals just like stepper motor drivers, so you can use a wide variety of controllers.

    The Pokeys47CNC has multiple relays on-board, but only one PWM for speed adjustment. If speed adjustment is not important, then you can use this board for more than one spindle. You can also use the Modbus connections (RS-485) in your VFD to control speed and other functions as a way to control multiple spindles.

    You can find the Pokeys57CNC controller here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

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    Will any of you boards support running dual spindles and using clearpath servos

  • I purchased Mach3 from buildyourcnc dont know what verson i need to use in VCarve as the processor. There are 8 2/3Mach listed

    You will probably have post processors like the following listed:
    Mach2/3 ATC Arcs (inch)
    Mach2/3 ATC Arcs (mm)
    Mach2/3 Arcs (inch)
    Mach2/3 Arcs (mm)
    Mach2/3-WrapX2A ATC Arcs (inch)
    Mach2/3-WrapX2A ATC Arcs (mm)
    Mach2/3-WrapY2A ATC Arcs (inch)
    Mach2/3-WrapY2A ATC Arcs (mm)

    If you have an Automatic Tool Changer, use the post processor with the ATC in the name. For most applications and if you don't have an ATC (automatic tool changer), use the Mach2/3 Arcs (inch) or (mm) post processor.

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    I purchased Mach3 from buildyourcnc dont know what verson i need to use in VCarve as the processor. There are 8 2/3Mach listed

  • Need wiring diagram for new still usb motion control for limit emergency shut down and auto zero

    The Mach3 USB controller's wiring diagram, wiring instructions, manual and video instructions are located on tis page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

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    Need wiring diagram for new still usb motion control for limit emergency shut down and auto zero

  • I am interested in the "Design Your CNC" page. However I need an extra long table. Is there any possibility of designing a custom 2' x 16' CNC, or can two 2' x 8' tables be combined some how?

    Yes, we can customize almost any size of a machine. 2'x16' is within the possible dimensions. For a customized machine that you do not see in the "Design Your CNC" section, you will need to contact customerservice@buildyourcnc.com and make the request there.

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    I am interested in the "Design Your CNC" page. However I need an extra long table. Is there any possibility of designing a custom 2' x 16' CNC, or can two 2' x 8' tables be combined some how?

  • Hello purchased a 3 axis elect. combo (heavy gantry). Printed a wiring dia. for the mach3 USB board from the page with the picture of the Mach3 USB board. Question; wiring schm. showes USB board wierd to a 24v/12v power supply. Power that came with combo kit is 36v. This work ok? Thanks for info

    You will need a 24v power supply if you wish to use the inputs or output on that side of the board. A 12V power supply will work if you only need to use the inputs.

    The inputs on that side of the board are typically used for limit switches, emergency stop, or homing switches. The outputs on that side of the controller are typically used to turn on and off machine devices such as spindle, coolant valve, etc. There is also a 0-10V PWM output on that side of the board.

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    Hello purchased a 3 axis elect. combo (heavy gantry). Printed a wiring dia. for the mach3 USB board from the page with the picture of the Mach3 USB board. Question; wiring schm. showes USB board wierd to a 24v/12v power supply. Power that came with combo kit is 36v. This work ok? Thanks for info

  • Are the stepper motors on x and y axis suppose to be hot after running for approximately 30 min. I can touch them but they are hot.

    If your motors are hot to the touch, this is normal. Current is being drawn by the motor coils as the motor moves and as the motor stays at a position. If the motor is not using the current in the coils to move (holding it's position), the energy will be translated as heat (rather than motion, sound or light). Even while moving, some of the energy will be lost as heat. Remember that energy cannot be created nor destroyed.

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    Are the stepper motors on x and y axis suppose to be hot after running for approximately 30 min. I can touch them but they are hot.

  • D556 driver has green light flashing have no movement x axis

    The green light flashing does not seem to be listed as a fault condition. Does the red LED turn on, or do you see the red LED blinking?

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    D556 driver has green light flashing have no movement x axis

  • I need your assistance... I have two items left to setup on my Pokey57CNC and Mach4, Home switches and Spindle Speed. I have watched the videos, but they are for Mach3 and the screens are different in Mach4. Can someone please explain the setup of these two items in Mach4?
  • What is the 24VDC Power requirement for the Pokeys47CNC? 1A, 2A? ...I'm running a separate 36VDC PS to the Stepper drivers and a 24VDC PS to the Controller.

    Polabs prepared step by step user guide for PoKeys57CNC and Mach4 to try answering such questions. It is available in our downloads section: https://www.poscope.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Pokeys/LibrariesAndPlugins/Mach4 and PoKeys57CNC - step by step guide.pdf

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    What is the 24VDC Power requirement for the Pokeys47CNC? 1A, 2A? ...I'm running a separate 36VDC PS to the Stepper drivers and a 24VDC PS to the Controller.

  • Using the PoKeys57CNC how to you connect two motors to the Y axis and how is Mach 4 configured for this?

    Polabs prepared step by step user guide for PoKeys57CNC and Mach4 to try answering such questions. It is available in our downloads section: https://www.poscope.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Pokeys/LibrariesAndPlugins/Mach4 and PoKeys57CNC - step by step guide.pdf

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    Using the PoKeys57CNC how to you connect two motors to the Y axis and how is Mach 4 configured for this?

  • I bought a 2.2 Kw spindle and YL620 A-2 from you and am getting an ER 4 message. How do I fix it?

    If the VFD is presenting an ER 4 error, the VFD is most likely damaged. The VFD will either need to be serviced or you will need to purchase another VFD. The latter is probably the less expensive option, unfortunately.

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    I bought a 2.2 Kw spindle and YL620 A-2 from you and am getting an ER 4 message. How do I fix it?

  • Why doesn't the diagnostic show these bits changing, even though the handcontroller and buttons signals are making it thru to the manage plugins page, while Mach3 is running.

    Are you using a pendant that is plugged into the pendant connector of the Mach3 USB board? What is the pendant manufacturer? Or are you using a wireless pendant that requires a different plug-in?

    Thanks

    Additional Information:
    Hi, thanks for the reply. Here's a little background first. I'm running Mach3 on a Lenovo X220 laptop, with Windows 7 Pro. The interface board is RnRMotion USB Card STB4100, the newer version with a 10 pin IDC connector for the hand controller. I built the hand controller/MPG from scratch, as I have many times before on different projects. I Teach Computer Engineering at SUNY in New York. It consists of several push button switches and an MPG (which uses two pull-up resistors). I saw that IN1-4 had built in pull ups shown in the boards literature. The switches and MPG are working fine, at least to the point of making some switch actions visible in Mach 3. These are the X,Y,Z,X10,X100. The check boxes in manage plugins window, show the states changing, but no where else in Mach3. The boxes in that panel were grayed out, but still responded to the switches. There are no indicators for the MPG that I could find. This leads me to suspect software and drivers.
    I am confused about the Pin and port numbers. Mach3 has defaults to 0 or numbering reflecting the old pin numbering, that would be bogus considering the USB interface would make those obsolete. I did see places where The USB board controller was assigned to port 3. Many of the pins are never numbered, yet were supposed to be enabled.
    Now, I have tried some many solutions that I might have an unusable setup. This brings me to another question concerning the license I purchased. The version of Mach3 that was loaded when I got my license was very old, and I wonder if it has been corrupted. Can I download a fresh version of Mach3, will that license work or are there special instructions to do so? Can I transfer the license to an older XP machine? I'd rather not since that machine isn't portable.
    To your question about the controller, I'm using a 10 wire cable directly to the USB board. It isn't wireless. I do have control
    of the motors. I can load G-code and the axis motors run as expected. I suspect and addressing problem or incorrect setup.
    I Teach Computer Engineering at SUNY in New York.
    I hope this provides enough info to affect a quick resolution with your help. Thanks for your help in advance.
    J. Caretti

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    Why doesn't the diagnostic show these bits changing, even though the handcontroller and buttons signals are making it thru to the manage plugins page, while Mach3 is running.

  • Can the vertical CNC router do about what a horizontal router can, like cutting out 3/4" cabinet doors from a 4'X8' formica clad sheet? If so, how do you hold it - with Vacuum? Is a vacuum system available?

    Our hold down method is screws. For a 4'x8' 3/4" sheet, we use 6 screws around the perimeter of the sheet. This provides sufficient hold down for milling. For the vertically oriented machine, the sheet also rests on a small ledge, making it easy for the board to maintain position while fastening.

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    Can the vertical CNC router do about what a horizontal router can, like cutting out 3/4" cabinet doors from a 4'X8' formica clad sheet? If so, how do you hold it - with Vacuum? Is a vacuum system available?

  • It seems that the water cooling lines inside my 2.2KW spindle are clogged. Is there a way to unclogg them?

    You can use a compressor to unclogg the water lines of the spindle. We use this method and it works every time (so far).

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    It seems that the water cooling lines inside my 2.2KW spindle are clogged. Is there a way to unclogg them?

  • How do I interface to a laser with the Pokey57

    We have a video that shows the connection and implementation of a CO2 laser on the youtube channel here:

    &t=17s

    That video should show how I'm connecing the Pokeys57CNC to the laser tube power supply TL/TH terminal. I also show how to configure Mach3 to trigger the laser on and off using the M7 and M9 codes.

    Let me know if this helps.

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    How do I interface to a laser with the Pokey57

  • I just ordered a Pokey57 board. Do you have the pendant and lcd for this?

    We have the LCD but we don't have the pendant just yet.
    https://www.newbiehack.com/categories/newbiehack-LCD_Displays_and_LEDs-LCD-20x4

    The "newbiehack" website is a website owned by us and is under the PHD Robotics, LLC. Company.

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    I just ordered a Pokey57 board. Do you have the pendant and lcd for this?

  • On the YL600 VFD which connections are DCM, ACM, V1 & Forward?

    The DCM is DC common, or DC Ground which is used in conjunction with Forward (FWD, or FOR) to start the spindle in the forward direction.

    The ACM is the AC Common, or AC Ground (Alternating current, or in this case, a variable voltage for spindle speed). The ACM is used in conjunction with V1 to provide variable speed for the spindle.

    In order to use the terminals DCM/XGND, FOR/FWD, ACM/GND and V1/VI1, you will need to program the VFD to enable the terminals and disable the control panel.

    YL-600:
    Start/Stop - XGND or COM is paired with FWD or X4 (X5 for Reverse).
    Spindle Frequency: XGND or COM is paired with AI1 and uses a top end of 5VDC

    YL-620:
    Start/Stop - XGND is paired with FWD (REV for reverse)
    Spindle Frequency: GND (not XGND) and VI1.

    The Start/Stop portion of the control panel and terminals is separate from the spindle speed/frequency control panel and terminals. Each of these have a separate programming parameter.

    For the YL-600/620, the P00.01 parameter controls the source of the start/stop function.
    Settings for the P00.01 are:
    0: Control Panel is used and the terminals are disabled.
    1: Terminals are enabled and the Stop on the control panel is still enabled if needed.
    2: Terminals are enabled and the Stop on the control panel is disabled.
    3: Control is sourced from the MODBUS also specified as the RS-485 connection. This would be labeled as RX and TX (Receive and transmit) and uses the UART protocol (serial communication protocol). https://buildyourcnc.com/FAQ/13381 explains this in depth.

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    On the YL600 VFD which connections are DCM, ACM, V1 & Forward?

  • Is Artsoft is out of Bussiness ? I am looking fo 64bit software , was going to use Mach4, so what would you recomend ? thanks John

    Artsoft (Also called Newfangled Solutions, Inc.) creates Mach3 and Mach3 along with other CNC related software. They are still in business. I noticed that the https seems to not work, so their SSL may have lapsed (2/19/2019). It is safe to use their website; however, if you do purchase on their site while their SSL is down, it's best to use their PayPal link to do the transaction.

    Additional Information:
    Or you can purchase the software from us.

    Additional Information:
    I would recommend Mach4 for the control software.

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    Is Artsoft is out of Bussiness ? I am looking fo 64bit software , was going to use Mach4, so what would you recomend ? thanks John

  • What are the fault conditions of the DM556 and DM542 drivers?

    There are three main LED fault signals that the DM556 and DM442 drivers exhibit. There is a red and green LED. The red LED will show the fault signals.

    The fault signals are:

    - Over-Current: If there is continuous current that is above 16 amps, the Red LED will flash every three seconds. Over-current could be related to: a short in the motor coils, or two of the wires of the motor are shorted; of the motor wires/coil is shorted to ground.

    - Over-voltage: If the power supply output to the driver exceeds a voltage of 52 volts, the red LED will flash twice every three seconds.

    - Phase Error: Is the motor wires are not connect, or they are connected incorrectly, the red LED will flash four times every three seconds.

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    What are the fault conditions of the DM556 and DM542 drivers?

  • I need to replace the fried electronics box for my 6090 wood router. Do you offer a play and play, no wiring required, kit? If yes, how much? If no, can you recommend one?

    Yes, we offer a CNC electronics assembled package called the redFly, redLead and redSprout. If you already have a computer, I would recommend the redFly. You would still need to add connectors to the ends of your motor cable.

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-computer-system-redFly

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    I need to replace the fried electronics box for my 6090 wood router. Do you offer a play and play, no wiring required, kit? If yes, how much? If no, can you recommend one?

  • Does the spindle accept different collet sizes, or do I need to purchase different spindles that will accept different collets?

    The 2.2kW spindle will accept up to 9/16" (a little over 1/2") end mill shanks down to very small diameters (any size that ER-20 will accept). The 1.5kW spindle has a reduced collet size and will only accept up to 5/16". The 1.5kW will accept ER-11 collets.

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    Does the spindle accept different collet sizes, or do I need to purchase different spindles that will accept different collets?

  • can I control the speed of a 2.2 spindle through your 5 axis breakout board with relay?

    Yes, you can control the speed of the 2.2 kW spindle, and the other spindles we sell, through Mach3 software. It requires making some changes to the settings in Mach3 and in your inverter. It also requires an additional part, which is called a USB to Serial Converter, found on our site here:

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Interfaces-newbiehack-Interfaces-TTL232R-USB-UART-Serial

    I have some additional instructions, that I will send upon request, by email. I will also be adding a complete tutorial and video, to the website, on how to do this soon.

    Additional Information:
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    can I control the speed of a 2.2 spindle through your 5 axis breakout board with relay?

  • interst in a 4x8 cnc with spindle and laser combo pricing

    If you are interested in just the laser and spindle z-axis assembly that can be installed on an existing greenBull 4'x8' CNC, then look here:
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-laser-spindle-combo-head

    Check the links for pricing as prices may change.

    If you are looking for the complete CNC with the laser and spindle, then check out these links (neither of these include the table):
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-greenBull-v4-4X-hybrid

    We have a new machine (shown at a 60 degree table angle) that will include a laser option at a later date. It is also available as a flat CNC as well.
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-greenbullv2-milling-laser

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    interst in a 4x8 cnc with spindle and laser combo pricing

  • interst in a 4x8 cnc with spindle and laser combo

    Thanks for the interest. What would you like to know about that CNC router and laser combo.

    Thanks

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    interst in a 4x8 cnc with spindle and laser combo

  • My plasmacam cnc machine has servo motors with an optical encoder to provide position sensing. Can the pokeys57 cnc controller and drivers run those servos?

    Yes, the Pokeys57CNC can control standard CNC or plasma machine servos as servo drives accept step and direction signals just like stepper motors.

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    My plasmacam cnc machine has servo motors with an optical encoder to provide position sensing. Can the pokeys57 cnc controller and drivers run those servos?

  • My Mach3 will not start, it says probediag.dat error=5.

    Erase the file named probediag.txt and everything should work fine. Start Mach3 again and you should not get the error.

    If you still get the error, please submit additional information on this FAQ.

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    My Mach3 will not start, it says probediag.dat error=5.

  • I get a probediag.dat error=5 when I start Mach3?

    Erase the file named probediag.txt and everything should work fine. Start Mach3 again and you should not get the error.

    If you still get the error, please submit additional information on this FAQ.

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    I get a probediag.dat error=5 when I start Mach3?

  • How can I convert RPM to hertz Hz?

    1 RPM = 1/60 Hz
    1 RPM = 0.01666666 Hz.

    So, say you wanted to know the Hz for 12,000 RPM

    (12,000 Revolutions / Minute) / 60 = 200 Hz
    or
    12,000 RPM x 0.016666 = 200 Hz

    If you needed to determine the RPM from the Hz, then

    RPM = Hz x 60

    So, say you wanted to know what RPM is for 400 Hz:

    60 x 400 Hz = 24,000

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    How can I convert RPM to hertz Hz?

  • I get random e-stop while machining. I checked the connections on the redfly and they are OK

    You can increase the debouncing for the input terminals where the limit and e-stop switches are connected. Go to Mach3 and the config menu. Click on General Config... in the config menu. The General Logic Configuration dialog box will appear. On the top right of that screen, you will see Debounce Interval. Increase this number until the problem stops.

    You might also want to check your wiring. You don't want the limit switch wiring close to any motor wires, including the spindle cable. The limit switch cabling should be shielded and the shielding of the cable should be grounded.

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    I get random e-stop while machining. I checked the connections on the redfly and they are OK

  • how do I get the status of my order?

    If you are needing a status of an order that you purchased from us, you can either log-in and click on the "My Account" link at the top, or call us at 281-815-7701.

    The "My Account" link will contain all of the orders and tracking numbers associated with those orders. If the order does not contain a tracking number, call us to get a status of the order. In most cases, we will call you first if there is a backorder in our inventory.

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  • Can you please provide status of Vacuum Regulator Pump (2ea) PO 25000037624?

    Who can I contact in regards to this order?

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    You can contact us at 281-815-7701

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  • What is the flange diameter, and the flat to flat dimension on the spring loaded 1/2-10 lead screw nut?

    Hi, the dimension flange thickness for the 1/2" 5 start 10 TPI antibacklash nut is 0.27 inches or 6.858 mm. The flange diameter is 1.5 inches or 38.1 mm. The flange has two flats that measure 1 inch or 25.4 mm from flat to flat.

    The drawing can be seen here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/images/Antibacklash_nut_1_2_drawing-800.JPG

    Or you can click on the drawing image on the product page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-leadscrews-antibacklash-nut-!5-5-starts-10-tpi

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    What is the flange diameter, and the flat to flat dimension on the spring loaded 1/2-10 lead screw nut?

  • How can I determine which wires on my stepper motor bellong to A+ A- B+ or B-?

    You can use a multimeter to determine the wires of the same coil (i.e A+ and A- belong to he same coil). The wires that are connected on the same coil will have relatively low resistance. A wire from one coil to another coil with have no continuity since the two coils are not touching each other.

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  • Where is the 5v terminal on the parallel breakout board to power the board?

    The parallel breakout board contains a USB port to power the board. Through the USB port, the computer delivers 5v of stable power to the parallel breakout board, but doe not provide any communication as would normally be associated with USB connectivity.

    The reason we elected to use the USB port to provide power is to remove the need for an external 5v wall adapter.

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    Where is the 5v terminal on the parallel breakout board to power the board?

  • My Spindle has 4 pins but only the U, V and W terminals at used for the Spindle. What about the 4th pin?

    The terminals of U, V and W from the VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) connects to the three coils (first three pins of the connector) of the spindle. The 4th pin in the spindle is typically not connected; however, bring a wire from the PE (Protective Earth or Earth Ground) from the VFD and connect it to one of the screws of the connector on the spindle. This will ground the body of the spindle.

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    My Spindle has 4 pins but only the U, V and W terminals at used for the Spindle. What about the 4th pin?

  • I cannot turn the shaft of my stepper motor. It not even connected to a driver

    The motor is creating it's own EMF when you try to turn the shaft manually. When coils are connected (or not connected) to any circuit that is not powered can cause unpredictable results.

    The motor freezing from just turning it by hand with no connection is surely the wires touching each other. This is actually how we test if a motor is good or bad. If the motor freezes when two of the wires are touching, that means the motor is functioning properly since the magnets are causing current to flow through that coil opposing the magnet.

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  • How do you connect the spindle VFD to the parallel breakout board

    The parallel board contains a relay that is connected to pin #16. You can use this relay as the start/stop by connecting the relay to the FOR and it's related digital GND pin on the VFD.

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  • Can’t find info about all three lead screws in you book or how to secure them

    The details will differ depending on the type of lead screw you use.

    For allthread lead screws, you will need the 1/2" square nut, 1/2" allthread lead screw, two 1/4" screws and nuts to hold the square nut in place, two 1/2" ID bearings, two standard 1/2" nuts, and one coupling hub.

    Attach the square nut to the nut support using the two 1/4" screw and nuts. The bearings will need to be inserted into the seats of the lower and upper part of the z-axis. Insert the lead screw through the top bearing. Use one of the standard 1/2" nuts and start threading it on the allthread screw just below the bearing. Lower the lead screw to the square nut and start to screw the lead screw into the square nut. Continue until the screw is near the lower bearing. Add another standard 1/2" nut to the screw and keep turning the screw until the screw just passes the lower bearing. Add the coupling hub to the top of the screw just above the upper bearing. Turn the lower and upper standard 1/2" nuts until they are snug against the bearing. If the standard 1/2" nuts become loosened, consider adding another nut to each end against the existing nut to keep them in place.

    For 1/2" acme 5 start lead screws, you will need to use an antibacklash nut in place of the square nut. This nut attaches with a flange using two #8 screws and nuts. The standard 1/2" nuts are replaced by clamping collars.

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  • What is return policy

    You can return any product within 30 days. There is a 10% restocking fee associated with this return.

    The return policy is stated on the terms of use for the website: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/terms.aspx

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  • What happened to the blue chick v3.0? I have one and I need a Z-Axis Mount for the dewalt dnp 611 router. The colt is nolonger supported by Precise bits.

    We can provide a mount for any size router or spindle that you need. Just give us a call.

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    What happened to the blue chick v3.0? I have one and I need a Z-Axis Mount for the dewalt dnp 611 router. The colt is nolonger supported by Precise bits.

  • received my mach 3 USB breakout board today. The layout of the board is different from your diagram which shows a 5V power slot for each axis. Do I wire the 5V slot with only one 5V wire from one of the drivers or perhaps wire all three 5V wires into the one 5 V slot. Please advise.

    The board layout is different and the terminals have slightly different names, but the two boards function the same. The wiring diagram is the same for both boards. The plug-in driver for Mach3 is also the same, so you should not have a problem. If you do run into an issue, please let me know here and I will help you determine the problem.

    Thanks

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    Thank you for the assurance that the boards will function the same. You did not answer the primary question of wiring. The diagram shows a board with a 5V for each axis, the new boards have only 1 5V point on the axis side. In retrospect since this controller receives information and most possibly the 5V signal directly from the computer leading to the drivers. I will wire the X, Y and Z axis to the single 5V point and see what happens.

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    received my mach 3 USB breakout board today. The layout of the board is different from your diagram which shows a 5V power slot for each axis. Do I wire the 5V slot with only one 5V wire from one of the drivers or perhaps wire all three 5V wires into the one 5 V slot. Please advise.

  • Hi I recently replaced my parallel port breakout bored with a USB breakout board, Motors Earl working properly but my wireless MPG is not working properly, it is jerky when to try to move across the table, is there a setting that I missed?

    Does the machine move smoothly when using the keyboard to jog the machine?

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    Sorry it took so long to respond. Yes the table moves very smoothly using the keyboard. I try to reinstall of the drivers but it still moves very jerky with the MPG, sometimes moving back-and-forth.


    Additional Information:
    Sorry it took so long to respond. Yes the table moves very smoothly using the keyboard. I try to reinstall of the drivers but it still moves very jerky with the MPG, sometimes moving back-and-forth.

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    Hi I recently replaced my parallel port breakout bored with a USB breakout board, Motors Earl working properly but my wireless MPG is not working properly, it is jerky when to try to move across the table, is there a setting that I missed?

  • Will MDF slat wall make a good spoil board, or should I cut my own T slots in a solid MDF panel?

    MDF makes an excellent spoilboard, but I like to use regular old plywood. MDF may have some nasty constituents so I try to stay away from this material. Depending on your method of fixturing and clamping, you may not need t-slots at all, but that is up to you and your application. I just screw my workpiece down and I also simply screw my spoilboard down into my table (using a regulas hole pattern.

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  • How fast can I cut 1/4" wood with the 40 watt CO2 laser?

    CO2 laser will not cut wood material fast at all. This is just the nature of the laser energy. The wood is a very low absorbent of the laser energy and you will need to run probably around 10 ipm to cut through the wood. CNC is much more efficient for cutting and laser as more efficient at marking or slowly cutting if you need the small kerf. You will also need a relatively high output air source to cut efficiently. The air will blow away the char (carbon) on the wood. The black char will absorb most of the laser energy not allowing the wood to be cut well. We use a compressor for the air source, but you can use a commercial hydroponic air pump instead.

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  • The motherboard on the computer I bought from you went out. What would you suggest. I have a laptop, could I use it and use a Mach3 USB interface board?

    Yes, you can use a laptop if you have a controller that uses a USB, like the Mach3 USB card. If you don't have that, you can purchase that part here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    If you have a controller board that connects to a 25 pin connector, modern laptops will not be able to connect to that port.

    How old is your CNC computer system?

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    The CNC computer system is 2013 (5 years). The built in video card went out. I will order the Mach3 USB card. Thank you.

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    You're welcome

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    The motherboard on the computer I bought from you went out. What would you suggest. I have a laptop, could I use it and use a Mach3 USB interface board?

  • I recently purchesed a USB Mach3 breakout board and need help setting mach3 to use a relay to start the router can you show how to set the pins and which port to use on the board to attached the relay?

    Sure, connect O2 (output #2) on your mach3 USB board to the GND side of your relay coil. Connect the 24V power supply to the positive side of your 24v relay.

    You will want to connect a flyback diode (1N4007) between the coil connections to make sure the coil back current does not damage the Mach3 USB board.

    Refer to this diagram:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/Electric%20Wiring%20Diagram.pdf

    Please let me know if this helps and if you need further guidance.

    Thanks

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    I recently purchesed a USB Mach3 breakout board and need help setting mach3 to use a relay to start the router can you show how to set the pins and which port to use on the board to attached the relay?

  • I purchased a Blackfoot 4ft X 8ft in 2015 I have yet to run it. Do y’all offer any classes that can help me?? I would very much like to have this machine running. Thank you in Dayton Tx
  • I was wondering what you recommend to use to cool your spindle when continuously exposed to freezing temperature. Can I use winter windshield cleaner (cheap) or do I have to use antifreeze engine coolant or something else? water just sounds like a really bad idea. I live in Canada Eh!

    Using Anti-Freeze in the cooling system with either our spindle or our laser tubes will not have any problems and we recommend using a small amount in locations where temperature is freezing or below.
    Although we do not recommend using an entire gallon of anti-freeze rather just a small quantity with tap water will be sufficient.

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    All last winter, the temperature was below freezing and sometimes below zero. I used 100% antifreeze for the spindle coolant. Worked great !! All the spindle needs is any type of coolant flowing through it to take the heat away. I use three gallons of antifreeze in a tub with a fish-tank pump to push the antifreeze through. 100% antifreeze works great in cold or hot winter.

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    Excellent tip. Thank you for this correction. So it is OK to use antifreeze solely as a cooling method.

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    I was wondering what you recommend to use to cool your spindle when continuously exposed to freezing temperature. Can I use winter windshield cleaner (cheap) or do I have to use antifreeze engine coolant or something else? water just sounds like a really bad idea. I live in Canada Eh!

  • I ordered an 80w tune on Amazon for a good deal, it took over a month to arrive and was broken on arrival. Get what you pay for I guess :( of I order a tune from you can I expect it to be better packed and arrive quicker?

    We double box our tubes. The inside box contains the tube that is surrounded by foam. This inner box is wrapped with bubble wrap and then boxed again.

    Carriers are not very careful with packages, but it is not typically from personnel handling, but the machines and conveyors that maneuver the boxes at their distribution centers.

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    I ordered an 80w tune on Amazon for a good deal, it took over a month to arrive and was broken on arrival. Get what you pay for I guess :( of I order a tune from you can I expect it to be better packed and arrive quicker?

  • Greetings...I have a P57 board and just curious if you have connected Lexium Hybrids before. I use a Step on P3....Dir on Pin 4 and a reference(Gnd). Thanks and very nice looking board.

    If you have the closed loop drivers and motors, then I'm not sure if it will work, but if you have step and direction pins on your driver, I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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    Greetings...I have a P57 board and just curious if you have connected Lexium Hybrids before. I use a Step on P3....Dir on Pin 4 and a reference(Gnd). Thanks and very nice looking board.

  • What is the diameter of the two mouting holes on the 1/2in antiback lash acetal nut?

    The two holes in the 1/2" 10 TPI 5 start antibacklash nut is 4.445 mm (0.175 inches) diameter.

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  • Are the Dust Shoe DXF files available and if not will they

    Do you have one of our machines?

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    Yes I have a Blackfoot 4.1 ver. 4'x8' cut area. By the way I love it.

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  • I am running 2 pokeys 57 devices on mach3, and apparently the e-sops are conflicting. Is ther a way to disable one or get them to work together?

    I am posing this question to the PoLabs folks. I will provide a respons when they get back to me. Thanks for the patience.

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    Polabs response: The E-stop MUST be connected to the device that is used as the motion device.

    Additional Information:
    Here is more elaboration from PoLabs and a question regarding the need for multiple devices:
    Although the PoKeys plugin for Mach3 supports multiple PoKeys devices, only one device can be a motion controller. Since, PoKeys57CNC is always configured as motion controller by the plugin, there shouldn't be more than 1 PoKeys57CNC used by the plugin at a time.
    May I ask you about the application and why there is a need for multiple PoKeys57CNC devices?

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    I am running 2 pokeys 57 devices on mach3, and apparently the e-sops are conflicting. Is ther a way to disable one or get them to work together?

  • What precision do the CNC machine have, for instance the 12’’ x 36’’ x 3’’?

    Our machine that matches those dimensions, the blueChick, uses roller chain for both X and Y axes, and a 1/2" 5 start 10 TPI lead screw for the Z axis. The precision is generally related to repeatability and we have not does extensive measurement of these tolerances. The resolution is set at better than 1000 steps per inch.

    Here is the link for the blueChick:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/blueChickVersion42CNCMachineKit.aspx

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  • I have a GMT 2.2kw water cooled spindle that sounds like the bearings are going out and want to know if your spindle (https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/spindle-inverter-2!2kw-spindle-novfd) is comparable for a swap. The drive is a Delta VFD-M 220v.

    Our spindle should work fine with your Delta VFD-M 220v. Spindles that match a VFD are specific to the coil windings. The bearings, shaft and other mechanical components that make up the spindle may be different, but that should not matter.

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    I have a GMT 2.2kw water cooled spindle that sounds like the bearings are going out and want to know if your spindle (https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/spindle-inverter-2!2kw-spindle-novfd) is comparable for a swap. The drive is a Delta VFD-M 220v.

  • i have previously bought end mills from you guys, and luved them. why is your postage o so much now to australia? its huge!

    Our USPS API stopped working and we implemented free domestic shipping until we resolve the issue. If you want, we can manually process your order and calculate the shipping outside of the website. Would you like to do that?

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    yes I would like to have my order manually processed. I would like to order 10 x general purpose end mill cut length 1 1/8 1/4 diameter. thank you so much, Graham

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  • 4 axis kit can I use 2 motors for the gantry with one controller card? or I buy the 3 axis kit instead?

    Yes, you can use the 4 axis kit and use two of the motors on the gantry. You will need to wire the gantry axis motors to the same step and direction signals on the controller interface. For example, if the gantry axis is the X axis, then on the controller step and direction terminals (CP and CW) is wired to both of the stepper motor drivers for the X axis.

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  • I can turn the flood coolant on using the toogle in Mach3 so Mach3 is talking to the PokeysCNC board (using output3). In spindle setup, Output3 is assigned to flood and the disable box is not checked. Output 3 is enabled and assigned to the correct relay. However, coolant does not come on when the spindle is turned on. Any suggestions about what I am doing wrong would be appreciated.

    You may need to add the m7 or m8 code to turn on the coolant or mist and m9 to turn it off. I will look further into this to see if mach3 can turn on the coolant when the spindle is turned off. I believe the coolant is a separate function from the spindle control since you may not need coolant for every material that you will be milling.

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    I have tried typing M7 and M8 into the MDI with no success. I can toggle the coolant on and off using the flood control button. Water flows and the LED lights on the diagnostic page. I followed the setup instructions in the video on the Pokeys57CNC page, which includes the spindle setup page. Those videos are very helpful.

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    To close this question - The M7 M8 commands did start working. I never figured out why they would not work before. I still cannot get the coolant to turn on with the spindle from the Mach3 set up. I have given up and just make sure the M command is in the g code.

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    I can turn the flood coolant on using the toogle in Mach3 so Mach3 is talking to the PokeysCNC board (using output3). In spindle setup, Output3 is assigned to flood and the disable box is not checked. Output 3 is enabled and assigned to the correct relay. However, coolant does not come on when the spindle is turned on. Any suggestions about what I am doing wrong would be appreciated.

  • My pokeysCNC board creates and analog signal of 0-10V for 0 to 24000 spindle rpm just like it should from Mach3. However, when the spindle is on, the voltage only gets to about 3.8V for 24000 rpm. It seems like the vfd is drawing more current than the pokeyscnc analog output can produce. It there an easy solution to this problem?

    Do you have the Pokeys57CNC connected to a 24V external power supply?

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    Yes, a 24V external power supply with the jumper positioned. I'm using the ethernet port so the 24v is the only source of power. I plan to measure the amp draw when I have a chance to see how much the vfd is drawing on the analog out.

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    Further information. The resistance across the terminals on the vfd is 22k ohms. With an independent 0-10v current source I can run the spindle from 20 to 400 Hz. The PokeysCNC only gets to 3.8v with the vfd attached (and the vfd is at 150 Hz) compared to 10v when the vfd is not attached. The power to the PokeysCNC is steady at 24.18 V, so I'm not maxing out the power supply. Still looking for thoughts on what might be going on?

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    And the other thing - The measured amperage is 0.17 mA for the 0-10 V signal (which makes perfect sense for 3.7 V and 22k Ohms).

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    Just to bring finality to this issue - I added a 2.2 microfarad capacitor across the 0-10V input terminal (from signal to ground). This solved the issue. Evidently, it was an electrical noise issue.

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    My pokeysCNC board creates and analog signal of 0-10V for 0 to 24000 spindle rpm just like it should from Mach3. However, when the spindle is on, the voltage only gets to about 3.8V for 24000 rpm. It seems like the vfd is drawing more current than the pokeyscnc analog output can produce. It there an easy solution to this problem?

  • reverse stepper motor direction on pokeys

    When trying to use two motors on a single axis, there is a multitude of methods to get them to work together.
    First: There should always be a slave option in the CNC control software(mach 3/ planet-cnc/emc2/etc.), this will be the easiest way to make the dual motor configuration work. However some adjusting might be necessary due to the orientation of the motor when mounting it on the opposite side of the CNC machine.(Mach3/config/slaveaxis, planet-cnc/file/settings/axes).

    Secondly: Dealing with our interface boards(maybe third-party as well), you can have two drivers going to the same axis on the interface board. Which then will have one motor per driver, this will use the same motion and control from the (ex.) x-axis to driver two motors. However some adjusting might be necessary due to the orientation of the motor when mounting it on the opposite side of the CNC machine.

    Adjusting of the driver or motor wires, can be done separate from the control software with the use of a hex inverter, that can be used and to switch the signal (ex. takes a low signal and brings it high, and takes a high signal and brings it low) of one of the motors, to run the same as the other motor.
    There is also another method of inverting the orientation of the motors movement without the use of a hex inverter. This method you will have to wire the coil's of the motors oppositely of what is recommended for one of the motors. Example, you will wire our Nema 24 as follows(recommended): A+ - red/blue, A- - yellow/black, B+ - white/brown, B- - green/orange. However to run another motor with with it you will have to switch the A/B connections to: A+ - white/brown, A- - green/orange, B+ - red/blue, B- - yellow/black.

    These method's are usually needed/used when trying to control two motors and setting it up without the help of the CNC control software, and also due to the mounting orientation of the second motor, the inverting the direction of motion will be necessary so they work together instead of working against each other.

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  • What's the problem? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_R9CEjXrKU

    For the 2.2kw spindle. What is the operating pressure and volume of the water cooling system? How well does your spindle work on cutting and shaping aluminum? Do you have a graph of the torque curve? Thank you

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  • How many poles on 1.5 KkW spindle? Customer service says 2, the product guide for 2.2kW spindle says 4. Can't find anything definitive for 1.5 kW spindle.
  • I have cnc fiber laser cutting machines it has operating software cypcut and I need to change it to Mech 3 or 4 do I have to buy the driver card with the software or only the software?

    Mach3 and Mach4 typically use specific controller cards that are compatible with the software. If your controller connects to your computer using either a USB or Ethernet connection, then you will probably need to change the controller card as well, unless your controller card contains a plug-in that works with the Mach3 or Mach4 software.

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  • How do I put two motors on the same axis

    Yes, you can use 2 motors in the same axis output, however you will still need a driver for that stepper motor. Also depending on the orientation on which you mount the motor you might have to invert the direction of the motor, and that will be simple by swapping the A+,A-, to the B+,B- locations and vice versa, from the driver to the motor wiring.

    The wiring scheme would look like this:
    The step and direction output terminals on the CNC controller interface for the axis you want to have two motors would connect to both drivers of the two stepper motors on that axis.

    Additional Information:
    I have been running two motors from the same driver for 10 years on my 3m x 1.6m router. Both motors driving the gantry are wired together. I see no reason to use two drivers. The motors are high torque Nema 34. I've had no issues.

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  • Can I buy an asembled gauntry for the 4x8 table heavy duty only and pick up?

    Actual table dimension: 4'x8' is 56.078"x 121.50" (the overhang in the illustrations should be 3/4" thick)
    To determine the frame dimensions, first consider using the frame height shown of almost 3' (2.86'). The width of the frame should be 4" narrower than the dimension from rail edge to rail edge (6X rail to rail is 80.078"). This will provide a 2" overhang on both sides (4X frame width should be 56.078").
    The length of the frame should be 4" shorter than the desired length of the rails to provide a 2" overhang on both ends. The travel length will be 20" shorter than the rail length due to the space occupied by the gantry sides.
    Two long pieces of 3/4" material will need to be placed on top of the frame with the 2" overhang on the sides and the end. These long strips of material will receive the rails and the chain mounts on the ends.


    Link:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-greenBull-v4-4X

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  • how to calibrate stepper motors with ballscrews In mach3

    The easy way is to use Mach3's calibration process to calibrate the axis with the ballscrew coupled to the stepper motor. This is done in the settings tab of Mach3 and clicking the button just above the "Reset" button called "Set Steps Per Unit". A dialog box will appear asking how far you want Mach3 to move that axis. Mach3 will move that axis at a distance that is determined by the existing steps per unit value set in the motor tuning dialog box (config menu -> motor tuning). Not knowing the distance that this axis will travel, it's best to use a very small value.

    The more difficult way and the technique that should be used to create the initial value for the step per unit in the motor tuning dialog box. Use the steps/unit formula. This example will use inches.

    Steps/Inch
    = ((motor natural steps) x microsteps) / (the travel for one complete revolution)

    The travel for one revolution would be the distance a ball nut will travel with one complete turn of the ball screw. This is generally the number of starts / threads per inch. Say the ball screw has 5 starts (5 threads starting from the beginning of the screw) and 10 threads per inch (TPI), then the travel for one complete turn of the screw would be 5/10, or 1/2".

    Say you set the microstepping to be 1/4 on the stepper motor driver and your stepper motor has 200 natural steps per revolution (1.8 degrees per step), then the total steps would be 200 x 4 = 800.

    So, the steps/inch is 800 / 1/2" = 1600 steps per inch

    Hope that helps

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  • WHAT DOES THE GREENBULL KIT INCLUDE AND DO I NEED TO INCLUDE?

    The greenBull 4X comes with all of the components and electronics to assemble the gantry of the machine. You will need to build the table. We provide the rails and roller chain for the X-axis (along the length of the table for full 8 feet of travel). You will need to provide some wire to connect the electronics and a computer to run the machine. You will also need to purchase the software that you will need to run the machine that matches how you will apply the machine. We suggest the mach3 control program. The CAM program is up to you as there are many options out there.

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    WHAT DOES THE GREENBULL KIT INCLUDE AND DO I NEED TO INCLUDE?

  • What does the greenBull kit include and what do I need to include?

    The greenBull 4X comes with all of the components and electronics to assemble the gantry of the machine. You will need to build the table. We provide the rails and roller chain for the X-axis (along the length of the table for full 8 feet of travel). You will need to provide some wire to connect the electronics and a computer to run the machine. You will also need to purchase the software that you will need to run the machine that matches how you will apply the machine. We suggest the mach3 control program. The CAM program is up to you as there are many options out there.

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  • parallel break out board is not working-relay keeps switching my computer off when I power up

    Do you have anything connected to the relay?

    Additional Information:
    is the relay controlled by a pinout on the BoB?

    Additional Information:
    Nothing is attached to the relay pins I am only using 2 and 3 and 5v for x driver and led indicator, 4 and 5 and 5v for y driver and led indicator, and 6 to fire the laser and the led indicator. I am also using a 5v out for the laser power control circuit and one pin of the 5k pot. Ground is shared on the laser power supply, the cnc power supply and the x and y driver. I am using the computer motherboard supplied by Buildyoucnc running ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and linuxcnc. Bios is set to use ECP, I have tried normal and I have tried EPP, all with the same results. If I plug in the parallel after the computer starts up it doesn't switch but I can't control either axis motors


    Additional Information:
    Laser is currently not connected for safety reasons


    Additional Information:
    I am using the parallel BoB for the 40 watt C02 Laser Cutter and Engraver(blacktooth), with the supplied integrated computer running Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and linuxcnc. Right now, when I have the parallel header connected to the BoB(as well as usb power supplied by the computer) and I start the computer, I am able to see the first splash screen of text indicating that the computer is starting up, then the relay on the BoB switches, turning the computer off and then back on again. This happens over and over again and the computer cannot fully start into the linux os. If I unplug the parallel cable from the BoB, I can start the computer, sign in and then plug the BoB back in without it shutting down the computer. Can anyone explain why this happens? I should also say that I cannot talk to the steppers in stepconfig of linuxcnc, I get to the test this motor section and nothing happens when I try to jog either the x or y motors. In the y config, I actually triggered the relay and sent the machine back into the start up failure loop I mentioned in the beginning.

    Additional Information:
    Fixed this problem, the parallel cable was not seated well, found some screws to make a strong connection, now that part is working. Unfortunately, the stepconfig in linuxcnc is still not talking to the motor drivers and the setup for determining steps for inch in the build instructions is nothing like the set up in linuxcnc. In the instructions it says motor steps per revolution*microsteps/pulley pitch per tooth*number of teeth and in this case the recommended input would be (200*16)/.08*20 teeth = 2000 steps per inch the formula in linuxcnc is very different

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  • Is there a warranty on the NEMA 34 651 Oz-in stepper motors you sell?

    Yes, we honor a one year warranty on the NEMA 34 651 oz-in stepper motor.

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  • Troubleshooting Blacktooth alignment issues. In the center position, all is aligned. Moving the nozzle to the positive or negative side and you can see it steadily moves to the top left or bottom right of the hole. Adjusting the mirrors does not resolve. Is this a problem with the build itself? Here's a video of what's happening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av7dxyfaJc4

    The mirrors can be aligned using the two positioning screws on the mirror itself.

    Here are some videos to help:
    Part 1:


    Part 2:

    Part 3:


    Let me know if this helps, or not.

    Thanks.

    Additional Information:
    Remember that you also have the adjustment of the nozzle up and down in addition to the angle alignment from the mirror.

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    Troubleshooting Blacktooth alignment issues. In the center position, all is aligned. Moving the nozzle to the positive or negative side and you can see it steadily moves to the top left or bottom right of the hole. Adjusting the mirrors does not resolve. Is this a problem with the build itself? Here's a video of what's happening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av7dxyfaJc4

  • Is it possible to purchase the wood pieces only for a BlackToe 2.0/2.1? I have all of the hardware from my kit, but the wood pieces were lost in a recent move.

    Yes, we can create an only wood kit for you. Please give us a call on Monday to provide your name so we can look it up in our system to confirm your previous purchase and we will provide a PayPal invoice for the kit, since this is a special case.

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  • How should I wire the E-stop button? NC or NO?

    I would recommend wiring the E-Stop to an input terminal via an NC connection. This is the industry standard. It requires a NC (Normally connected) circuit for the machine to be operational, and when the circuit breaks, the machine shuts off. This is better than having a circuit NO (normally open), open circuit that requires a circuit to be created to have the machine shut off for safety.

    Having en E-Stop run through the mains line would only work for a single circuit (or use multiple E-stops, which defeats the purpose). The E-stop connected to the input terminal would shut off all machine functions.

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  • Should I wire the e-stop button to an input terminal or the mains voltage

    I would recommend wiring the E-Stop to an input terminal via an NC connection. This is the industry standard. It requires a NC (Normally connected) circuit for the machine to be operational, and when the circuit breaks, the machine shuts off. This is better than having a circuit NO (normally open), open circuit that requires a circuit to be created to have the machine shut off for safety.

    Having en E-Stop run through the mains line would only work for a single circuit (or use multiple E-stops, which defeats the purpose). The E-stop connected to the input terminal would shut off all machine functions.

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  • How should I connect the E-stop to the machine?

    I would recommend wiring the E-Stop to an input terminal via an NC connection. This is the industry standard. It requires a NC (Normally connected) circuit for the machine to be operational, and when the circuit breaks, the machine shuts off. This is better than having a circuit NO (normally open), open circuit that requires a circuit to be created to have the machine shut off for safety.

    Having en E-Stop run through the mains line would only work for a single circuit (or use multiple E-stops, which defeats the purpose). The E-stop connected to the input terminal would shut off all machine functions.

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  • LASER CONTROLLER PASSWORD?

    What is the model number of the laser controller?

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    Hey - the model number on the laser controller is
    AWC708C
    S/N:708014243

    Additional Information:
    Do you need any additional information here? I really want to get going on it this weekend!

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    Sorry about that. If you are referring to the CN1 and CN2 connector, I don't believe it is needed if it didn't come with the connector. The components that we send to the customer is the same package that is sent from the manufacturer of the product. I would try connecting it to the CN1 connector of both units and test the interface (control panel).

    Additional Information:
    The manual for the AWC 708 shows the two ports CN1 and CN2 connected, but that may just be for thorough documentation if the CN2 is needed for some reason. Do you have a copy of the manual or know where to find it? If not, I will put the document link here.

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    LASER CONTROLLER PASSWORD?

  • Please send an email, I am giving up on buying a machine from you because I don't know when you answer. I was asking about getting just the working parts and rails sent to Fiji. You sent an answer and some questions, but I have no way of knowing if you responded again.

    Not sure what you mean by the statement "I don't know when you answer". Please explain. I answer all of the incoming emails until my inbox is completely empty and all phone calls to the company go straight to my cell phone and I answer all of the calls, and if I don't answer, I call back immediately.


    Additional Information:
    I just searched my email and found no emails with your email address associated with the email listed with this question. I cannot answer questions if no correspondence was provided by you.

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    Please send an email, I am giving up on buying a machine from you because I don't know when you answer. I was asking about getting just the working parts and rails sent to Fiji. You sent an answer and some questions, but I have no way of knowing if you responded again.

  • When I try to run Mach3 It just crashes and restarts my computer.

    What Windows version are you running? I have heard of a windows update that crashes Mach3. Try uninstalling Mach3 then re-installing it to see if that works. Make sure to save your .xml files under the Mach3 folder or you will lose your settings. Also, copy your license file under that folder so you can re-copy it into the new folder.

    Another solution is to roll back the windows update to a previous version (just prior to the update).

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    When I try to run Mach3 It just crashes and restarts my computer.

  • How to wire drivers to pokey57

    Here is the list of videos that I created to show how to connect pokeys57CNC interface. I go over connecting the Pokeys57CNC to stepper motor drivers, connecting limit switches, connecting to the VFD (variable frequency drive) for the spindle control and even conect a laser triggering.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6PplMTH29SETy_UYRcKQDspJOin_lzDB

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  • How do I get started I would like to build a cnc router. Making the machine I can do, but I am weak on cad,cam and mach3. I am thinking about a 4’x4’. Do you have plans I can buy?

    We are developing plans for our machine, but they are not completed yet. Please let me know if you would like to be added to our list of customers wanting plans. Thanks,

    Additional Information:
    If you have specific questions regarding CAD, CAM and Control, please add another question to the customer service and I will answer them in detail.

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  • Do you sell the cooling solution for the liquid cooled spindle 2.2kw.

    We are going to add a cooling solution very soon to the website. I am awaiting inventory of Fan and Radiators.

    The cooling units that we will be offering are the ones shown in the two pictures here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/images/greenbullv2-2-800.JPG
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/images/greenbullv2-4-800.JPG

    The fan/radiator is covered up a little bit in the first picture by the vacuum hose.

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  • How should I control a plasma torch, spindle and a laser on my CNC machine?

    It will depend on how you configure the machine to use the Laser and plasma. Is the laser on a separate gantry? That will determine the way you will connect the laser control system or if you use a typical CNC controller. The plasma will need inputs of THC on, THC up, THC down and outputs to trigger the plasma torch. I recommend the Pokeys57CNC for the plasma and you can also fire the laser with it, but you will not be able to do engraving with the laser unless you use a laser controller. If you use a laser controller, you will need to either build circuitry to switch the digital signals from which controller you will be using, or if you have the laser on a separate gantry, you can use a traditional laser controller connected to the stepper motor drivers on that gantry.

    Users response:
    I was planing on using same gantry, and installing plasma and laser module on z axis along the side with current router. Perhaps if it’s needed installing another z axis on current z axis. So that when I use plasma, router z will be homed and plasma z axis will be able to utilize thc.

    When you say “If you use a laser controller, you will need to either build circuitry to switch the digital signals from which controller you will be using,”
    If i install laser controller, pokeys and router motion card, do you mean all ( axis and router/laser/plasma) signals or just the one that controls router/laser/plasma?
    I was wondering if I could jump (parallel connect) axis signals from card to card without ?
    Also do you prefer ethernet card or usb?
    I really do appreciate your help :) thanx again.

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    Not a problem at all.

    Remember that with all of that weight on the z-axis, you will not be able to do efficient raster style engraving.

    By putting the laser on another gantry, say at the far end of the table, then you would be able to use a laser controller that controls its own stepper motors and the nozzle can have fast swing motion for engraving. With the laser on the z-axis of the spindle (like see on the greenBull), you will only be able to do vector motions for the laser.

    You can also have a CNC interface and laser controller controlling the same stepper motor drivers, but you will need a few tri-state buffer chips where you can use a toggle switch for which controller has control of the drivers.

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  • What is the warranty on your 2.2KW spindle

    We honor a one year warranty on most parts like main machine components, structural parts, mechanical parts and some electronic parts including spindles.

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  • Looking for electronics for a plasmacam table. It's going to to be a 5'x10' table with x,y,z axis. Will be running on windows ten with a hypertherm powermax45 xp plasma cutter. Any information or links would be greatly appreciated!

    What electronics do you have at the moment? Depending on your machine, you will need a minimum of 3 stepper motors and 3 drivers (unless your heavy axis requires two stepper motors and two drivers). You will also need an interface board that is capable of providing three inputs for the THC (Torch Height Controller), THC on, THC up and THC down, and outputs for firing the torch. I would recommend the Pokeys57CNC interface for the primary interface. This interface will connect to the stepper motor drivers and the THC. The Pokeys57CNC can also communicate via USB or Ethernet.

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    Looking for electronics for a plasmacam table. It's going to to be a 5'x10' table with x,y,z axis. Will be running on windows ten with a hypertherm powermax45 xp plasma cutter. Any information or links would be greatly appreciated!

  • Does the pokey57 use a different control cable
  • Can't find your latest Utube on wiring pokey57

    You can find the Pokeys57CNC wiring video playlist here:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6PplMTH29SETy_UYRcKQDspJOin_lzDB

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  • Can't find your latest Utube on wiring pokey57

    You can find the Pokeys57CNC playlist of wiring videos here:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6PplMTH29SETy_UYRcKQDspJOin_lzDB

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    Can't find your latest Utube on wiring pokey57

  • Can't find your latest Utube on wiring pokey57

    You can find the Pokeys57CNC wiring video playlist here:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6PplMTH29SETy_UYRcKQDspJOin_lzDB

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