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Question #: 10147

Question: what ports do i connect my computer to on a redleaf system that has Windows Mach3 installed?

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The redLeaf system features an integrated CNC computer preinstalled with Windows and mach3. You should only need to connect a monitor/keyboard/mouse for functionality.

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  • I ordered a redLeaf with Mach3 installed. Do you guys configure any of the setting in mach3 or will I need to do that all myself?

    The redLeaf CNC computer systems will have either Mach3 or LinuxCNC installed as per the customer's request. If the Mach3 license is purchased, the license file will also be installed on the redLeaf CNC computer system.

    The Mach3 or LinuxCNC settings will be configured during the assembly of the system. We contact the customer to determine the drive (mechanics) and inertial (weight of gantry and other parts of the gantry) specifications in order to correctly configure the steps per inch, velocity and acceleration.

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    I ordered a redLeaf with Mach3 installed. Do you guys configure any of the setting in mach3 or will I need to do that all myself?

  • DON'T WANT TO USE MY OWN MOTORS FOR THE REDLEAF CNC COMPUTER SYSTEM.

    That shouldn't be a problem. I will need the current rating for the motors. We can subtract the price of the motors. and you can add you own. If you want us to solder the cable to the round connectors and them motor, you would need to send the motors to us.

    Let me know and I can send a paypal invoice for the redLeaf without motors.

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    DON'T WANT TO USE MY OWN MOTORS FOR THE REDLEAF CNC COMPUTER SYSTEM.

  • What kind of computer comes with the blacktooth and do i need to install windows after purchase?

    For the integrated computer for the blackTooth, the hard drive doe not need to be formatted, but will require an OS (operating system) to be installed. Ubuntu Linux can be installed with the CNC integrated software from Linuxcnc.org. Windows can also be installed.

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    What kind of computer comes with the blacktooth and do i need to install windows after purchase?

  • Do you sell the computer system only ? My Dell has given up the ghost. I may want to buy the PC, Power and case. I have everything else.

    Currently the only options available for our computer systems, are for our machines which included all the motors and drivers. If you would like to talk about a custom order, please email (customerservice@buildyourcnc.com).

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    Do you sell the computer system only ? My Dell has given up the ghost. I may want to buy the PC, Power and case. I have everything else.

  • 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?

  • How do I go about ordering the redLeaf or redSprout computer cnc system?

    To order the system, just go to this page:
    http://www.buildyourcnc.com/category/cnc-computer

    Make sure to also order the 4 conductor cable that you will need for the connections between the motors and the drivers. This length will depend on your machine, where the motors will be attached, and where you plan on setting the computer system.
    The cable can be found here:
    http://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-cable-wire-20awg-wrcon

    If you want to use Windows, you will also need to purchase that on the first link I provided. If not, we will install Linux with EMC2 and linuxcnc

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    How do I go about ordering the redLeaf or redSprout computer cnc system?

  • Using your USB control board, is it possible to install and use a Z axis touch plate? If yes, what board connections would it be installed to?
  • My computer doesn't have a parallel port connection. Can I use a usb to parallel port cable to communicate with my breakout board?

    A parallel to USB adapter will not work. You will need to use a USB interface like the ones below:

    Mach3 USB interface:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Poeys57CNC Interface:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

    Additional Information:
    To answer the question in more detail, the parallel port is actually an extension straight from the CPU and is also called the GPIO (General Purpose I/O) pins. These pins carry signals independently, hence the description as being a parallel port.

    The stepper motor driver receives a pulse train (series of pulses). A single pin on the parallel port sends a pulse train to one stepper motor driver and stepper motor for a single axis. Another pin on the parallel port sends a pulse train to another stepper motor driver on another axis. This happens simultaneously as with the direction signals for each axis.

    If a parallel port is adapted through a USB (using an adapter), the parallel port cannot have these signals happen in a simultaneous fashion and will cause the stepper motors of a CNC router or machine to be very clunky, if it works at all. To elaborate, the computer sends an instruction to the USB to send a high signal to pin 1, so it does, then another signal to pin 2, so it does. This is happening one after another. The speed at which this happens is reduced dramatically, and the position of one axis may now be out of sync to another axis.

    The reason the USB interfaces (linked above) work is that the USB delivers broad instructions to the interface (to a microcontroller) and the interface parses the instructions and outputs simultaneous signals to the stepper motor drivers.

    Hope this helps.

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    My computer doesn't have a parallel port connection. Can I use a usb to parallel port cable to communicate with my breakout board?

  • I have a 64 bit operating system and the Mach3 usb control board. What do i need to communicate between the two?

    You will need a USB cable to connect the computer and the Mach3 USB. The 64-bit operating system must be Windows and you will need the Mach3 CNC control software installed on the operating system.

    You will need to install the USB driver called RNRMotion.dll. You can find the driver here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Move the file to your Mach3 Plugins folder Example: "C:/Users/ProgramFiles/Mach3/Plugins"

    Mach3 will prompt you to select a driver and this is where you can select the "RnRMotionController" and check "Don't ask me again". This will allow your board to communicate with Mach3.

    You will also need the xml file found on this page: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    On that page, you will need to download the XML Mach3 Config File by right clicking on the link and selecting "save as". Save the Mach3Mill.xml file in your Mach3 root folder.

    That file is the main configuration file for the Mach3 board. It has all of the typical settings that the Mach3 board needs.

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    I have a 64 bit operating system and the Mach3 usb control board. What do i need to communicate between the two?

  • replacing all electronic on a small cnc would like to use the redleaf hd +4 nema 34 motors does mach 3 included already installed

    Yes, the redLeaf is integrated into the redLeaf, all wired and configured. It is a plug and play system.

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    replacing all electronic on a small cnc would like to use the redleaf hd +4 nema 34 motors does mach 3 included already installed

  • I purchased the 4.0kw spindle and VFD a while back, and have just installed a PMDX-107 controller... do you have any examples of the wiring connections for the SL-240EE to PMDX-107?

    If you want speed control, it is recommended to use the RS-485 connection on the VFD and use the control program such as Mach3 to communication serially with the VFD using this RS-485 connection.

    If you would rather use a controller such as the PMDX-107 to simulate the effect of a potentiometer using the Aref, Aout and Agnd and the Rev/Dir and Fwd/Run terminals to control operation and direction, you can connect those to the VFD.

    PMDX-107 Aout connects to the VI (analog voltage in). This is like the wiper on a potentiometer.
    PMDX-107 Agnd connects to the ACM terminal on the VFD for Analog common.
    PMDX-107 COM connects to DCM terminal on the VFD for Digital common.
    PMDX-107 Fwd/Run connects to the FOR terminal on the VFD for Forward.
    PMDX-107 Rev/Dir connects to the REV terminal on the VFD for Reverse.

    Refer to your PMDX-107 manual to correctly configure your dip switch settings and make sure to calibrate (tweak) the speed control using the trimmer next to the terminals on the PMDX-107.

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    I purchased the 4.0kw spindle and VFD a while back, and have just installed a PMDX-107 controller... do you have any examples of the wiring connections for the SL-240EE to PMDX-107?

  • If I purchase the Heavy Duty redleaf system (651 oz-in motors) and your 4th Axis Tail Stock setup will you configure the 4th axis to the computer? Your site states the 4th axis add on is "for a total of 4 axes 425 oz-in motors only"

    We can configure the redLeaf or redSprout to control the motor of a 4th axis. The driver we use for the motor on the 4th axis is our standard 3.0 amp driver.

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    If I purchase the Heavy Duty redleaf system (651 oz-in motors) and your 4th Axis Tail Stock setup will you configure the 4th axis to the computer? Your site states the 4th axis add on is "for a total of 4 axes 425 oz-in motors only"

  • Going to purchase a new laptop computer. Question. What is the minimal requirement for laptops running cnc planet software and other softwares that are needed?

    Your purchase of a laptop will depend on what CNC software and CNC interface you will be using. In most cases, CNC interfaces use a parallel port, or the interface will convert USB instructions into a form of parallel I/O pins. We provide both types of interfaces, but you will be required to use specific software packages compatible with the interface. The USB interface that we sell at the moment is only compatible with Planet-CNC software (which is very good software), and if the computer has a parallel port, you will have your choice of many software titles including (but not limited to) Mach3 and LinuxCNC.

    The hardware and processing performance is not as important. Computers with relatively slow processors (i.e. Pentium) can control a CNC machine and achieve good performance.

    If you intend using CAD and CAM on that computer, then you will want a more modern computer that will have a good amount of memory and processing power. You will need to refer to the software requirements for the minimum specifications.

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    Going to purchase a new laptop computer. Question. What is the minimal requirement for laptops running cnc planet software and other softwares that are needed?

  • can i use a usb to parallel port adapter to connect breakout board to computer? (using mach 3)

    Unfortunately no. The parallel port allows for digital signals to be output from 17 pins simultaneously (in parallel). Parallel port adapters tries to achieve this by receiving instructions in a two wire (USB) data signal and convert that to 17 disparate signals. This type of data transmission is too slow for the drivers of a CNC machine or router.

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    can i use a usb to parallel port adapter to connect breakout board to computer? (using mach 3)

  • what operating system comes with the laser (Integrated Computer) Option

    You have multiple options to run the laser but if you want us to install a OS system,you will have to buy the windows 7 license and mach3 license to run the machine with the parallel BB/if you would get the USB BB you will need to get planet CNC, you can also go with a free system Linux and have emc run the cnc machine.

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    what operating system comes with the laser (Integrated Computer) Option

  • I have one more question pertaining specifically to the integrated computer model. Do I need an OS to load onto the computer or is there one already pre installed?

    On our CNC computer systems, we provided all the hardware required for a fully functional control package. But software items are not included OS systems and Supporting Software are not include, however if windows 7 is ordered we supply the mach 3 demo.

    We do not add the OS system to our systems, due to the options that our customers have either going with(linux, windows).

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    I have one more question pertaining specifically to the integrated computer model. Do I need an OS to load onto the computer or is there one already pre installed?

  • the breakout board that i recieved has both a 25pin and usb connections. can i use the usb to plug into my laptop

    A parallel breakout board requires a computer with a parallel port. The parallel port provides the communication. The reason the board has a USB port is only to provide power to the board from the computer. If the USB connection is not plugged in to the board, the board will not have the power needed to function correctly.

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    the breakout board that i recieved has both a 25pin and usb connections. can i use the usb to plug into my laptop

  • I'm looking for a complete CNC router, out the box ready to use system. Computer and software. What do you suggest? I need a working area of 12"x24"

    The bluchick CNC router is a perfect small format CNC that can handle most jobs. Please check here to see the latest information on this CNC router. blueChick CNC Machine. The machine can be purchased assembled. Al you will need is a computer and spindle.

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    I'm looking for a complete CNC router, out the box ready to use system. Computer and software. What do you suggest? I need a working area of 12"x24"

  • Should I connect both the USB and the 25 pin connector of the parallel breakout board to the computer?

    The parallel breakout board has the db25 connector for data and the USB connector for power. Connect the USB from the computer to the parallel breakout board so the breakout board will have 5V of power coming from the computer. The db25 connector (connector with the 25 pins) receive data signals for each pin from 1 to 17 and have respective numbered screw terminals, some for input and some for output (18 to 25 are gnd pins).

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    Should I connect both the USB and the 25 pin connector of the parallel breakout board to the computer?

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