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Question: I'm not sure I understand the pricing correctly. How much would a computer and a bluechick?

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The price for the blueChick is here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/blueChickVersion42CNCMachineKit.aspx

You will want the kit without electronics that will cost $1360.00.

Then you will need either the redSprout, or redLeaf CNC computer systems and the prices can be found here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/AssembledElectronics.aspx

The redLeaf has a bit more power and speed than the redSprout. You will need to purchase windows, found on that page, if you desire that OS to be installed. Otherwise, we will install Linux and linuxcnc. You will also need to purchase the length of motor wire that you need from the motors to the computer. This is variable and is determined by the position you wish locate the computer system with respect to the CNC machine.

The shipping is determined at checkout. When you have the items in your cart, enter your shipping information and click on "calculate shipping". You will need to select your shipping preference, service and carrier.

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  • Can the completely configured blueChick, with computer be shipped with working and test Unbuntu/EMC2 and not Windows/Mach3?

    I noticed in the Computer CNC Systems of this webpage that Linux/EMC2 (now called LinuxCNC) is available on the preconfigured systems. The wording on the CNC Machines page makes it look like Windows7 is all that is available. So thats the best I can see for now as far as clarity.

    Yes, if the redLeaf or redSprout is purchased with the machine, we can completely configure the electronics to use Ubuntu and Linuxcnc. If windows is selected, we install Windows 7 and completely configured under Mach3.

    If Windows is not selected, we assume Ubuntu/Linuxcnc, but we always contact the customer to confirm in these cases.

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    Can the completely configured blueChick, with computer be shipped with working and test Unbuntu/EMC2 and not Windows/Mach3?

  • I believe I understand USB v Parallel BoB on the Blacktooth but what is "integrated computer" mean?

    Integrated computer for our blackFoot means, that the computer components will be included with that kit. Meaning that a motherboard(mini itx) with a on-board processor, RAM, HDD and power supply is sent.
    So the blackTooth will be a all in one kit, excluding any software with the price.

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    I believe I understand USB v Parallel BoB on the Blacktooth but what is "integrated computer" mean?

  • If I understand correctly, the greenBull kit comes with a spindle and laser. What else do I need to have a working machine. Obviously a table, do I also need the computer, software, wires, pump and plumbing, electronics, VFD, steppers and controllers?

    The greenBull kit (not the assembled) will need the table (the rails for the table is supplied), wires/cables for the stepper motors and stepper motor drivers, smaller gauge wires for digital wire connections (limit switches, drivers to control interface, etc), wires for the spindle connection to the VFD, tubing for water flow to and from the spindle, and a pump and reservoir (we are just about to introduce a small pump/reservoir/radiator/fan system for use with the spindle. The VFD/spindle, stepper motors/drivers and interface board are included.

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    If I understand correctly, the greenBull kit comes with a spindle and laser. What else do I need to have a working machine. Obviously a table, do I also need the computer, software, wires, pump and plumbing, electronics, VFD, steppers and controllers?

  • What's the cost of a Bluechick 4.2 with computer ready to go shipped to Reno NV. porter 892 set up.

    The price for the blueChick is here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/blueChickVersion42CNCMachineKit.aspx

    You will want the kit without electronics that will cost $1360.00.

    Then you will need either the redSprout, or redLeaf CNC computer systems and the prices can be found here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/AssembledElectronics.aspx

    The redLeaf has a bit more power and speed than the redSprout. You will need to purchase windows, found on that page, if you desire that OS to be installed. Otherwise, we will install Linux and linuxcnc. You will also need to purchase the length of motor wire that you need from the motors to the computer. This is variable and is determined by the position you wish locate the computer system with respect to the CNC machine.

    The shipping is determined at checkout. When you have the items in your cart, enter your shipping information and click on "calculate shipping". You will need to select your shipping preference, service and carrier.

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    What's the cost of a Bluechick 4.2 with computer ready to go shipped to Reno NV. porter 892 set up.

  • I have computer, Cad/Cam software and my router unit not sure what else I need?

    The main components for a CNC machine, includes:
    Computer (required with correct OS system for compatibility with the CNC control software and interface board)
    CAD/CAM Software
    CNC Control Software (Mach 3, Planet-CNC, Linux-EMC2)
    Interface Board (Our current models: Parallel interface board(mach3), USB interface board(planet-CNC))
    CNC Electronics (which should be included with most cnc kits)
    (ex.) Drivers, Motors, Power Supply, Interface Board
    CNC Machine

    Miscellaneous Items:
    Limit Switches
    Cable Carrier
    Wires (different gauges)
    End Mills/Bits
    Vacuum
    Emergency Stop Button
    Spindle/Router

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    I have computer, Cad/Cam software and my router unit not sure what else I need?

  • how much would your vertical laser kit cost without the wood components and door plastic shipped to Canada

    Good question. I will need to add up the cost. However, the complete kit with the wood components will cost in the range of $300 to $500 using freight.

    Additional Information:
    I will add a price option on the Vertical Laser XL page that shows the assembly price without the wood structural parts. Are you wanting the rails included in the price?

    Additional Information:
    Hi, I was expecting an email answer, I did not know that you answered. Also I am in Fiji, not Canada. There is a flaw with your question form, It would not accept Fiji because we have no postal codes, so I put in my old Canadian code so that it would accept my question.

    Yes we would need the rails and any mechanical and electrical components. Our plan is to build it against a wall in a shipping container.

    If you do not have a suitable freight forwarder I can ask at this end because people frequently receive shipping containers.

    Thank you,

    George

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    how much would your vertical laser kit cost without the wood components and door plastic shipped to Canada

  • HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE SHOULD PURCHASE FOR THE BLUECHICK

    The recommended total length of motor cable should be 15 feet for the blueChick v4.2

    Z - 6 feet
    Y - 5 feet
    X- 4 feet

    20 AWG 4 conductor

    If your drivers will be positioned farther from the machine, you may need longer cable.

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    HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE SHOULD PURCHASE FOR THE BLUECHICK

  • MY COMPUTER DOES NOT HAVE A PARALLEL PORT. HOW DO I INTERFACE WITH THE BREAKOUT BOARD?

    If your computer does not have a parallel port, all you will need is a low cost PCI parallel adapter card (these can be found on amazon for $15-$20). If you plan on using a laptop (not recommended) you can try to find a PCMCIA parallel adapter, but many people have frequent issues with this setup. A more expensive solution would be to purchase a USB smooth stepper board. Unfortunately, we do not supply any of these adapters and cannot attest to their reliability.

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    MY COMPUTER DOES NOT HAVE A PARALLEL PORT. HOW DO I INTERFACE WITH THE BREAKOUT BOARD?

  • Why is my 4x8 blackfoot not cutting shapes correctly. I have ran the moter test in Mach 3 and still cuts terrible

    Dealing with the machine not cutting the design you may have correctly, could be a variety of things.
    Most common, is the machine is not properly calibrated or tighten correctly (in specific areas).
    To calibrate the machine, go to the settings(alt-6) page, and click the set steps per unit(right above the reset button). You will receive a tab which asks to select the a axis, once selected it will ask how much you plan on moving. Here you will enter a value of inches/mm's. The machine will move what it thinks is the correct length and might be dead on or might be off, we recommend doing this about 2-3 times per axis, and in long distances. (ex: for the BF you may do 2-4Ft on y-axis and 5-8Ft on the x-axis)

    Make sure the v-groove bearings are tight, on the y-axis plate and z-axis, as well as the v-groove bearings on the gantry legs. (test: try moving them with your finger, if tighten correctly they will not move)
    Also having the chain too loose will not move the machine enough to create your design, the chain should have about a 1" - 1"-1/2" of slack in the middle of the table when the gantry is in either of the far ends of the table. (larger machines will have a bit more slack).

    Trying to run the machine faster then the bit can cut, or running with a old endmill/router bit.
    This is a rare occurrence but is seen, having the correct endmill, feedrate, and RPM will have a great impact on your cut. They all work together in one complete conjunction, if one is off they will all be working incorrectly.
    Each endmill will have its manufactured specifications.

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    Why is my 4x8 blackfoot not cutting shapes correctly. I have ran the moter test in Mach 3 and still cuts terrible

  • MY COMPUTER DOES NOT HAVE A PARALLEL PORT. HOW DO I INTERFACE WITH THE MACHINE?

    If your computer does not have a parallel port, all you will need is a low cost PCI parallel adapter card (these can be found on amazon for $15-$20). If you plan on using a laptop (not recommended) you can try to find a PCMCIA parallel adapter, but many people have frequent issues with this setup. A more expensive solution would be to purchase a USB smooth stepper board. Unfortunately, we do not supply any of these adapters and cannot attest to their reliability.

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    ur gay

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    MY COMPUTER DOES NOT HAVE A PARALLEL PORT. HOW DO I INTERFACE WITH THE MACHINE?

  • Do you guys have any videos showing how to connect limit switches to a redleaf? If not, could you please make one? I looked at the diagrams on the limit switch page but I don't understand them.

    Connecting the limit switches on the redLeaf use the input pins on the parallel breakout board. Here is a link to the wiring diagram for that parallel breakout board.

    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-parallel-breakout-relay#prettyPhoto/2/

    The connection is simple. Just create a circuit from ground to the pin. When the pin is engaged, the circuit is closed (using normally open on the switch). Use mach3's autoset to automatically set the pin for the limit or home setting.

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    Do you guys have any videos showing how to connect limit switches to a redleaf? If not, could you please make one? I looked at the diagrams on the limit switch page but I don't understand them.

  • I have an issue about the breakout board , i can't understand why i get ( -5V) instead of ( +5V) when i measure the voltage between the "Dir" pin and " com" pin

    It sounds like the meter red and black wires are being switched around. The breakout board should not be giving you a -5 volts. The voltages should be in the range of 0 and 5 volts. The voltages will change when you move the axis in one direction or the other.

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    I have an issue about the breakout board , i can't understand why i get ( -5V) instead of ( +5V) when i measure the voltage between the "Dir" pin and " com" pin

  • Hello, I'm wondering if you could make a larger laser cnc if someone asks for it? Something like 36" x 52". And how much would it be?

    We are developing a 4 foot by 8 foot (48" x 96") laser with 80 watts of power. If you need a laser at 36" x 52", you could use the 4'x8' laser and just build a shorter table. We will have this machine available in the latter portion of 2015.

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    Hello, I'm wondering if you could make a larger laser cnc if someone asks for it? Something like 36" x 52". And how much would it be?

  • i 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.

    If you purchased the ArtCAM from us, please send an email to us at customerservice@buildyourcnc.com with the name used with making the order and we will contact the developer to send you the license.

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    i 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.

  • why are the mounts for the parallel breakout sized incorrectly for # 8 screws and why weren't there predrilled holes to mount it to the enclosure there
  • 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.

    Additional Information:
    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 need technical support for your Bluechick CNC and I can't get a reponse on the phone.

    You may have called outside of our business hours. Give this "Customer Service Live" mechanism a try and ask away. If you would still rather call us, please call between 9:00am and 5:00 pm Central Time.

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    I need technical support for your Bluechick CNC and I can't get a reponse on the phone.

  • the computer is not able to wrk properly with the upgraded laser tube and power board and has an outdated software instilation.

    Is this a CO2 laser tube? CO2 laser tubes are not typically associated with the laser controller. The laser tube is powered by a laser tube power supply which is controlled by a simple digital on/off or PWM signal.

    If you got a higher powered laser tube, then the power supply for the laser tube needs to be correctly wired to the laser controller.

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    the computer is not able to wrk properly with the upgraded laser tube and power board and has an outdated software instilation.

  • If I wanted to use the blueChick for isolation routing, what accuracy could I expect from v3.0 and v4.2?

    The blueChick v4.2, is accurate at 1000's of an inch, with the roller chain, the v3.0 with the timing belt will increase the accuracy by 5%-10%, but to the expense of structural integrity.

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    If I wanted to use the blueChick for isolation routing, what accuracy could I expect from v3.0 and v4.2?

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