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Question: 5 AXIS CONTROLLER ISSUES.

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  • Y-Axis on Controller Not Working

    When I switch the driver to Z or X axis it works fine, but Y gets no response. I'm using the Planet CNC driver and software (latest versions).

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  • does the pokeys57cnc controller support slaving an axis?

    All controllers actually support slaving as long as there are enough step and direction connections on the controller to allow for either the A, B, or C axis to be used. The feature is set up in Mach3 or Mach4. Under the config menu, you can select the Slave Axis selection and specify the A, B, or C axis as the slave. The A axis is motor connection 4, B is 5 and C is 6. Make sure to set the steps per unit the same as the main axis since Mach will not do this automatically.

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  • Can I add a fourth axis by just adding another controller?

    In generally, you would only need a driver to drive the motor on the 4th axis.

    A fourth (4th) axis can be added using a head stock that contains a motor where the motor turns a chuck that holds the object. The motor requires a driver that is controlled by an interface card such as the parallel breakout board, or the usb controller board. Our 4th Axis head stock can be driven by our standard 3.0 amp driver.

    The software used to control the 4th axis would need to be able to control 4 axes (X, Y, Z and A). Mach3, LinuzCNC and Planet-CNC are good examples of control software that can control more than 3 axes.

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    Can I add a fourth axis by just adding another controller?

  • Can I run two stepper motors off the same axis output on the USB controller?

    Yes, you can use 2 motors in the same axis output, however you will still need a driver for that 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.

    Also you can run a slave motor using another axis on the board, and setting it up in the Planet-CNC settings.

    Planet-CNC/File/Settings/Axes, here you will enter 3 in the Number of Axes location, and then change the Function of the Axis 4 to Slave 1. There you will have the 4th axis or A-axis be a slave for the x-axis.
    Slave 1 - X-Axis
    Slave 2 - Y-Axis
    Slave 3 - A-Axis
    Slave 4 - B-Axis
    Etc...

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    Can I run two stepper motors off the same axis output on the USB controller?

  • I there a tutorial on hooking up a Z axis zero touch plate to the usb controller?

    To use a touch plate on any controller, all you need is a conductive flat material with a known thickness and some wire and alligator clips. Solder a wire to the touch plate and connect the other end of the wire to the free input terminal of the controller. Connect a wire with an alligator clip to the ground of the controller (on the Mach3 USB controller, this ground is the DCM terminal, or the digital gnd on the 24VDC power supply). Connect the alligator clip to the end mill.

    You can either use a script to serve as the probe, or you can use the ref all home button and setup the touch plate as a home switch.

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    I there a tutorial on hooking up a Z axis zero touch plate to the usb controller?

  • Laser Controller Password?

    The current model laser controller that we sell is the AWC608 Laser Controller, and the password is 608.

    Our current testing model PH01/02/03(Blue) Laser Controller's password is PHD123.

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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

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    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).

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    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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  • How do you zero the z axis using a plate with the planet-cnc software and your USB controller?

    The instructions on how to use a plate for z-axis homing (moveable sensor) can be found here:

    http://www.planet-cnc.com/faq/moveable_sensor/

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    How do you zero the z axis using a plate with the planet-cnc software and your USB controller?

  • Does your 3 axis comboi have the same controller board (i.e. parallel option) as the 4 axis combo?

    Yes, you can select the price option for the electronics combos that include the interface board you desire.

    Go to the electronics category page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/electronicscombo.aspx

    Select the motors and drivers combination you desire and select the price option that contains the interface card you desire.

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    Does your 3 axis comboi have the same controller board (i.e. parallel option) as the 4 axis combo?

  • Do you sell the 3 axis electronics combo , for heavy gantry , with the new Planet CNC usb controller ?

    Unfortunately, we don't sell the planet-cnc controller anymore. They made a change to their software that prohibits us from creating the open source board.

    We do sell three other boards that may work for you.

    The Pokeys57CNC board is the mose feature rich and will work with both Mach3 and Mach4:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

    The MAch3 USB board is a good inexpensive interface that will work well if you need the interface to be USB only:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Our in-house parallel breakout board (ytou need a parallel port for this interface to work):
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-parallel-breakout-relay
    Most motherboards have the parallel port connector on the motherboard, but not as a connector on the back of the computer case.

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    Do you sell the 3 axis electronics combo , for heavy gantry , with the new Planet CNC usb controller ?

  • 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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  • Laser controller limit switch connection

    If you are using the AWC708 or equivalent laser controller, the limit switches will connect between the EL input terminal and the GND terminal in normally open (NO) connection. Most limit switches can be connected as NO, or normally closed (NC).

    For instance, a limit switch for the X- limit will be connected from the ELX- terminal to the NO connection of the limit switch, then a connection from the GND terminal on the laser controller to the COM connection to the same limit switch.

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  • Does the Laser Controller work with Mach3?

    The laser Controller will not work with Mach3.

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  • how to configure the Z probe using the pokey57cnc controller

    If you do the following, you can get mach3 to recognize the probe.

    In mach3, go to config, ports and pins, input signals, and scroll down to probe. Check enabled, active low, and emulated. Ignore the ports, pins and keys. They are set automatically.



    Go to Mach3 Plugin Control tab, select Configure Pokeys57CNC. Go to pulse engine settings tab, and under the probing input in the lower left corner of the page, scroll down and select Pin 19. Click apply. Close and restart mach 3. When you go to diagnostics page in mach3 after it’s reopened, the digitize light indicates whether the probe circuit is closed. IF it’s lit, it’s closed. IF not, it’s not.

    If this information exists anywhere else, I couldn’t find it. I found it through working with poblocks, which also updated my pokeys57cnc firmware.

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  • Can I add a relay to the Mach3 USB controller?

    Yes, you can add a relay to the Mach3 USB controller. The relay must be a 24V relay on it's input side and be able to be set to active low. I demonstrate this in a video on the following page:
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    The video is titled: Mach3 USB Controller Outputs

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    Can I add a relay to the Mach3 USB controller?

  • Can the USB CNC Controller be used with LinuxCNC?

    The USB Interface can only be used with the Planet-CNC software which runs under the windows operating system.

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    Can the USB CNC Controller be used with LinuxCNC?

  • Any timing on the USB Controller board for Mach-4

    The board has been developed and we are currently waiting to receive developer info from the makers of Mach4 so we can proceed with testing compatibility. There is no definite time frame but we are hopeful it will be released within the next couple months.

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    Any timing on the USB Controller board for Mach-4

  • how to control the spindle with the usb controller

    To control a spindle using the USB CNC interface, you will need a relay board that contains a transistor that can activate the relay with a power source with enough current that can activate the relay. This video explains all of the information you will need to develop this relay circuit:

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  • Can I use Mach3 or 4 with your USB controller PCA?

    The USB controller board is currently only compatible with Planet-CNC software.

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    Can I use Mach3 or 4 with your USB controller PCA?

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