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Question #: 1059

Question: How do I attach the 3d extruder that came with whiteant, the intructional video is for a diferent type.

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Mounting the extruder to the whiteAnt can be done a couple of ways. One is to take the 4 mounting holes located at the lower portion of the z-axis rail support and use long screws protruding out. Take a thinner material and drill the four holes matching the locations of the 4 screws and screw on nuts to hold it in place. The other option would be to use the metal bracket and fasten to the edge of the rail support.

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  • I ordered the GreenBull 5' x 10' kit. The first video for assembly shows that I should have 5 large boards that attach to the table, but I don't have those boards. Is that something I need to build or were they not shipped?

    We apologize for the confusion, however in the very first video that is regarding the assembly, is of the torsion box. We do not included that in any greenBull kit, as we use too sell it individually! However due to high consumption of materials and high cost(both in shipping and for the kit itself) we have removed it from our inventory and no longer sell it.

    This video can be skipped, however if you plan on making a DIY torsion box, this video will be helpful in your build!

    The torsion box is not needed, as the frame itself will be more than sufficient in keeping the machine from flexing or vibrating.

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    I ordered the GreenBull 5' x 10' kit. The first video for assembly shows that I should have 5 large boards that attach to the table, but I don't have those boards. Is that something I need to build or were they not shipped?

  • CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME HELP OR POINT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO INCORPORATE MK 7 EXTRUDER WITH BOOK PLANS FOR 3D PRINTER?

    Mounting the extruder to the whiteAnt can be done a couple of ways. One is to take the 4 mounting holes located at the lower portion of the z-axis rail support and use long screws protruding out. Take a thinner material and drill the four holes matching the locations of the 4 screws and screw on nuts to hold it in place. The other option would be to use the metal bracket and fasten to the edge of the rail support.

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    CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME HELP OR POINT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO INCORPORATE MK 7 EXTRUDER WITH BOOK PLANS FOR 3D PRINTER?

  • I have a BlueChick that came with the 5-Axis Bread-Out Board V5 (parallel port), it has 3xCW230, how to configure it on LinuxCNC?

    Strictly to the point. Assuming:
    -You have a working linuxcnc install with a compatible parallel port
    -You have wired Bread-Out Board V5 to the motor drivers so you know which pins are for which signals(watch video tutorials for that on this site)
    -You have wired motors to motor drivers (watch video tutorials for that on this site)

    a)We need to know the base parallel port addres, for that you need to input on a linux terminal the command:

    #lspci -v

    You can scroll up and down the result with page up and page down. Look for a "Parallel Port..." line, the value you are looking for is the "I/O Ports at.." Write them down

    To get the Base Period Maximun Jitter, go to
    applications - cnc - Latency Test

    Now you should let that window running for a while, so it calculates an accurate jitter, go watch the tutorial videos for the connections between the Bread-Out Board and the motor controllers.

    After its been running for half an hour or so with the machine in use, write down the calculated jitter values, mine was Servo Thread - 39000

    Now close the Latency test dialog

    b)Go to applications - cnc - stepconfwizard
    "START" - Create a new config
    Check - Create Desktop Shortcut to config files
    Check - Create Desktop Shortcut to start linuxcnc with this config
    FORWARD

    c)"BASE INFORMATION"
    Fill in a Machine Name that suits you
    Bluechick is XYZ on inches
    Fill in the Base Period Maximun Jitter with the value obtained in "a)"

    FORWARD

    d)If you watched the tutorials on a) and b) you know the pin numbers for your signals.
    Parport Base Address you need to put the value obtained in a), mine was cf00
    Output pinout presets I used Sherline

    FORWARD
    FORWARD

    e)Axis X (chain and sprocket axis)
    Data for bluechick from build yourcnc
    Motor Steps per revolution 200
    Microstepping 64 (that if you followed tutorials, change if you have different)
    Pulley teeth 1 ; 1
    Leadscrew Pitch 0.444444 (that value comes from 1rev / (.25 in * 9 teeth))
    Maximun Velocity 10
    Maximun Acceleration 0.5
    Home location 0.0
    Table travel 0.0 to 34.0 (maybe you want to change this later)

    Now, you can do "Test this axis" and jog it (move it!) Try to position everything in the middle (you will be doing it axis by axis) and select
    "+ 0.5 in" Hit run, I used a pencil held at the gantry and paper to draw a line, then confirmed that the measurement was 0.5 in. Also tried with "+/- 0.5 in" and confirmed 1" measurement

    FORWARD when happy with your Axis X

    Repeat for Axix Y but the table travel is 0.0 to 12.0

    f)AXIS Z
    With data from buildyourcnc.com
    Motor Steps per rev 200
    Driver Microstepping 16 (as recommended for lead screw)
    Pulley teeth 1 ; 1
    Leadscrew Pitch 2
    Max Vel 2.5
    Max Accel 0.5

    Table travel 0.0 to 3.5

    Test, and FORWARD when happy

    g)After configured you can go to
    Applications - cnc - LinuxCNC, and there you go...




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    ... Still think that there should be a tutorial for this part.

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    oh¡ Forgot to tell, the config shortcut will be available on our Desktop, launch linuxCNC from there

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    I have a BlueChick that came with the 5-Axis Bread-Out Board V5 (parallel port), it has 3xCW230, how to configure it on LinuxCNC?

  • Is there a video link showing connections to your most recent frequency converter for the 2.2 spindle (type:YL600-2S-2K20)? Cheers.

    I am currently making a video right now. I will post the video in a few days.

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    You guys rock!

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    Don’t judge us until you see the video!! Haha.

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    Here is the video that I promised. The video covers the main wiring of the VFD and spindle.



    I will do another video on the parameters.

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    Is there a video link showing connections to your most recent frequency converter for the 2.2 spindle (type:YL600-2S-2K20)? Cheers.

  • whiteant the main board has a slot for some type of memory like an old SD card. What is that used for and how is it used?

    You can have files in the SD card that you would wish to print rather than using the PC to store the files. Using replicator g, you should be able to load the file from your SD card, and print them accordingly.

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    whiteant the main board has a slot for some type of memory like an old SD card. What is that used for and how is it used?

  • How do we attach the roller chains with the optional table? The eyebolts don't seem to fit properly. Why is there no documentation of this?

    A good example of how to install the chain to the eyebolts can be seen on the instruction number 76 on this page: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-blackFoot-v4

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    How do we attach the roller chains with the optional table? The eyebolts don't seem to fit properly. Why is there no documentation of this?

  • Is there a downloadable manual for the usb Mach3 interface board? I'm not sure one came with my Redleaf. Cheers.
  • How do I know how to hook up the red fly? What color wires do I solder on which pin of the connectors? Was there suppose to be any instructions that came with it, or the entire greenbull for that matter?

    The greenBull instructions are found on our website. Each machine has a page, which you can locate by clicking on "CNC Machines" from the left hand menu and choosing the particular machine you have. Scroll to the bottom of that machine page and you will find complete instructions. The page for the greenBull 5X, for example, is : https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-greenBull-v4-5X

    The redFly is typically sold with motors already wired to conductor cable with 4-pin connectors; these need simply to be plugged into the control box. There is no soldering required. If you have a different configuration, please contact us directly at techsupport@buildyourcnc.com with information about your specific application (and a photo, if possible) and we will be happy to provide you with further guidance.

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    How do I know how to hook up the red fly? What color wires do I solder on which pin of the connectors? Was there suppose to be any instructions that came with it, or the entire greenbull for that matter?

  • Your toothed timing belts sold by the inch..how do you attach the ends to form a closed loop ?

    Our timing belts are intended to be fixed at the ends for he travel of a particular axis. If you are using the timing belt as a continuous loop and the entire belt is needed in the mechanism, then our timing belt is not the best choice.

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    Your toothed timing belts sold by the inch..how do you attach the ends to form a closed loop ?

  • ReplicatorG says my white ant extruder is at 500 or more. I've replaced the electronics on the printer but that hasn't fixed it what else can I do?
  • ARE THERE STILL VIDEOS THAT CAN WATCH AS PUT THIS TOGETHER, I'LL BUY THEM IF HAVE TO, VERY FUSTURATED WITH ELECTROCTICS AND WIRING PART.
  • Is there a recommended cooling system for purchase that can be used with your 2.2 kW water cooled spindles?

    A standard water pump like this one will work: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/pneumatic-hydraulic-water-pump-370-Gallons-Per-Hour-220v-110v

    You will also need silicone tubing at 1/4" ID and 3/8" OD to connect from the pump to the spindle: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Item/pneumatic-hydraulic-silicone-tubing

    And a bucket to hold the water.

    You may also consider CPU cooling systems which can actually be fastened to the back of the gantry. We do this for the Fabricator Pro machine. The CPU cooling I would recommend is a small pump and cylinder with a heat sink, or a small radiator.

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    Is there a recommended cooling system for purchase that can be used with your 2.2 kW water cooled spindles?

  • I have a greenbull 5x with the long Z. Is there a laser kit that I can get for that model?

    Yes, we can provide a laser attachment for the long Z version of the greenBull 4x, 5x and 6x. Please call us to get more information and pricing for the laser attachment.

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    I have a greenbull 5x with the long Z. Is there a laser kit that I can get for that model?

  • Will Mach3 USB Interface board fit in my redleaf, in lieu of the breakout board that came with it?

    The Mach3 USB board will fit in the redLeaf, but you may need to modify the Plexiglas top for proper mounting. However, the redLeaf has the proper parallel GPIO on the motherboard for use with the Parallel breakout board. If you have a laser on the machine you are using, then I would urge you to maintain the parallel breakout board as the Mach3 USB board will not work correctly using the Z-direction pin and you will need to determine how to use the output pins onthe USB board to ensure proper laser functionality.

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    Will Mach3 USB Interface board fit in my redleaf, in lieu of the breakout board that came with it?

  • For cutting with the BlackTooth, what is the best type of clear plastic/acrylic to use, and can you recommend a source?

    The blackTooth will cut acrylic very easily. The type of acrylic (cast or extruded) is not important since the acrylic itself has 100% absorption with CO2 lasers. Any plastic retailer, even the home improvements stores will have sheets of acrylic.

    Avoid using plastics that will off-gas toxic and corrosive fumes. One example is PVC which is Polyvinyl Chloride. The burning of that material will exhaust chloride into the air and combine with the hydrogen in the air causing a chemical reaction yielding hydrochloric acid which is corrosive and highly toxic to humans.

    Always read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for any material that you intend to burn with the CO2 laser.

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    For cutting with the BlackTooth, what is the best type of clear plastic/acrylic to use, and can you recommend a source?

  • The page "Wiring Instruction for the Electronics Combo" contains links that play advertisements, but have no actual instructional videos.

    I would check for any toolbar's and/or plugins on your web browser if non-stop advertisement videos appear. Now courtesy of a YouTube member that has created a completer playlist of our videos!

    Be aware these videos are a bit outdated and might confuse you with our newer boards!

    (

    &list=PL122021172205E9AA)

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    The page "Wiring Instruction for the Electronics Combo" contains links that play advertisements, but have no actual instructional videos.

  • can't get breakout board with relay working. in your video you show a 5v power supply input on the usb one but can't not find on this one?

    What part of your breakout board is not working? Are you having trouble getting a signal from the computer out of the breakout board to the drivers?

    The breakout board uses the USB as the 5v power source.

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    Wiring the limit switches


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    I am using my breakout board as port 2 from my ess smooth stepper only for limits so it's powered via 12v , now I want to use pin 17 to trigger my plasma will I still need to supply 5v power to is a well? As I'm not using the usb it's connected to smooth stepper via 25pin ribbin

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    can't get breakout board with relay working. in your video you show a 5v power supply input on the usb one but can't not find on this one?

  • what is the wiring coler and pin # for the whiteant extruder stepper motor

    For our extruder motor wire color and pin would be Red(A), Yellow(C), Gray(B), Green(D). The 2 x 3 (6) pin connectors on our 3D mainboard, are connectors for motor drivers. Pin #1 is 12v, Pin #2 s ground, Pin #3 is step, Pin #4 is direction, Pin #5 is enable and, Pin #6 is 5v.

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    what is the wiring coler and pin # for the whiteant extruder stepper motor

  • How do I order the 10 TPI 5-start 2-turns-per-inch screws?, just shows $ per inch with no option for lenght.

    When purchasing the 1/2" 5 start lead screw, the length is based on the quantity. Specify the total length you will need and we will email you (if you don't contact us first) to determine the cut lengths.

    For example, if you desire 36 inches of lead screw for the X axis and 12 inches of lead screw for the Y axis, just purchase 48 inches of lead screw and tell us you need this lead screw cut so you have two lengths at 36 inches and 12 inches.

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    How do I order the 10 TPI 5-start 2-turns-per-inch screws?, just shows $ per inch with no option for lenght.