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Question: 5 AXIS CONTROLLER ISSUES.

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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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    does the pokeys57cnc controller support slaving an axis?

  • LASER CONTROLLER PASSWORD?

    What is the model number of the laser controller?

    Additional Information:
    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!

    Additional Information:
    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?

  • [596] Does this controller support Auto-squaring in Mach3?

    Yes, PoKeys57CNC does support auto gantry squaring if both master and slave axes are equipped with home switches independently.

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    [596] Does this controller support Auto-squaring in Mach3?

  • [596] Does this controller support Auto-Squaring in Mach 4?

    Yes, PoKeys57CNC does support auto gantry squaring if both master and slave axes are equipped with home switches independently.

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    [596] Does this controller support Auto-Squaring in Mach 4?

  • 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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  • Does the Pokeys57CNC controller support Auto-Squaring in Mach 4?

    Yes, PoKeys57CNC does support auto gantry squaring if both master and slave axes are equipped with home switches independently.

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    Does the Pokeys57CNC controller support Auto-Squaring in Mach 4?

  • Does the Pokeys57CNC controller support Auto-Squaring in Mach 4?

    Yes, PoKeys57CNC does support auto gantry squaring if both master and slave axes are equipped with home switches independently.

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    Does the Pokeys57CNC controller support Auto-Squaring in Mach 4?

  • Can the laser controller work with higher output laser tubes, like 150W?

    Yes, other CO2 laser tubes will work fine with our laser controller (including the Reci tube). Our laser controller is a digital based controller that controls the laser tube power supply, the motor drivers and other peripherals by outputting digital signals to these devices.

    Laser controller URL:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Laser-Control-System

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    Can the laser controller work with higher output laser tubes, like 150W?

  • How can I connect the Pokeys57CNC controller to a DRV8825 / A4988 expansion board?

    The DRV8825 driver IC by TI (Texas Instruments) has two main connections called STEP and DIR. These are the two main connections that you need to use to connect to the Pokeys57CNC controller. You also need to connect the positive digital voltage pin (5V) from the Pokeys57CNC controller's motor connector to both the reset and sleep pins. The GND pin from the Pokeys57CNC motor connector is connected to the GND pin of the DRV8825 driver. The enable pin of the DRV88525 can remain unconnected.

    There is a trimmer potentiometer on the DRV8825 that can increase or decrease the amperage setting for the motor. Depending on the DRV8825 board you purchased, there may be two pads to determine the amp setting while turning the trimmer (in the voltage setting on your multimeter).

    The A1 and A2 is connected to one of the motor's coils and B1 and B2 is connected to the other motor's coil. There is a pin on the DRV8825 called VMOT that you will connect to the power supply (max 45VDC) and the GND pin next to the VMOT is the V- for the same power supply.

    I hope this helps. If not, please add additional information on this thread.

    Additional Information:
    I followed (to the best of my ability) the instructions provided to my original question, but I did not receive successful results. When I followed the instructions and connected the ground pin from the Pokeys57CNC motor connector to the DRV8825 / A4988 expansion board, it stops the communication between the Pokeys57CNC board & the motors 1-3 that I had working previously. The DRV8825 / A4988 expansion board will be the fourth driver I am connecting to the Pokeys57CNC. The previous three drivers are PoStep-60's if that helps understand the issue.

    Prior to hooking up the ground pin (I used pin 10 from the Pokeys57CNC motor connector) to the DRV8825 / A4988 expansion boards ground pin, I was able to see the power being applied via the red LED being illuminated on the DRV8825 board; after this new configuration the light is not turning on.

    With the new recommended setup, I used a heat shrink solder piece to add the shunt for the connection to the sleep pin. The connection to the sleep pin is where I believe my issues are stemming from. I must be connecting it to the incorrect pin (within the 9 pin layout on the DRV8825 / A4988 expansion board). Do you have any reference to the 9 pin pinout on the A4988 expansion board? I double checked the pinout provided on the Texas Instruments page, but it only gives clarity to the pinouts on the DRV8825 board itself. After reviewing their documentation, I tried connecting the 5v (pin 9 from the Pokeys57CNC motor connection that's split to connect with the reset pin on the DRV8825 / A4988) wire directly to the terminal on the DRV8825 board and that didn't work either.

    Any help or clarification you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

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  • IS IT OK TO LEAVE THE VACUUM PRESSURE CONTROLLER PLUGGED IN ALL TIME WHEN PUMP SWITCHED OFF?

    I don't see anything in the datasheet for the relay that indicates an overheat condition. While the relay is engaged, the power consumption is 400 mW and I don't believe this is enough to raise the temperature faster than the heat dissipation from the metal on the leads through convection or radiation outside of the rated temperature working ranges providing that you maintain an ambient temperature range within -40°C to 85°C (with no icing or condensation).

    http://www.omron.com/ecb/products/pdf/en-g2rl.pdf

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    IS IT OK TO LEAVE THE VACUUM PRESSURE CONTROLLER PLUGGED IN ALL TIME WHEN PUMP SWITCHED OFF?

  • [50] I purchased 3 Axis Heavy Gantry Electronics /w Pokeys57CNC controller (Mach3 and 4 Compatible) and Cable Pack I plan to use Mach 3 do You have a wiring diagram Thanks
  • Do you supply 5 axis combo set

    We currently are looking into expanding our current stock, but at this current time we do not have a 5th axis combo set available.
    Keep checking our website for updated and new products.

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    Do you supply 5 axis combo set

  • can you make us a vacuum pump motor controller board with 15a-20a load capacity? yours will only go to 12 amps....

    I will look for a relay that has a minimum of 15A and and another for 20A.

    Alternatively, you can add an external SSR with that load requirement. All you would need to do is connect the SSR ( solid-state relay) to the relay on the board.

    Additional Information:
    I did find an identical package and coil voltage replacement that can handle a 16A 250V. If you need to go higher than that, you will need an external SSR.

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    can you make us a vacuum pump motor controller board with 15a-20a load capacity? yours will only go to 12 amps....

  • I am using 5 limit switches on my 3 axis machine. I am using the usb controller for planet cnc. I would like to know where all the wires related to the limit switches get connected? A diagram would be helpful.

    The diagram for wiring the USB interface board is located here: https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-USB-Controller-Breakout#prettyPhoto/2/

    Under the board illustration, there are three smaller diagrams of limit switch wiring. On each, there are two connections, the GND and the pin which are labeled at the ends of the circuit on the diagrams. The pin side would go to the axis label ++ or -- terminal (i.e. X++, or X--). The other end, labeled GND would connect to any ground terminal on the board.

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    I am using 5 limit switches on my 3 axis machine. I am using the usb controller for planet cnc. I would like to know where all the wires related to the limit switches get connected? A diagram would be helpful.

  • WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 3 AXIS AND 5 CNC?

    3 axis machines cannot create undercuts in the part.

    These videos show the capabilities of 3 and 5 axis machining:

    3-axis CNC:

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    5-axis CNC:
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    WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 3 AXIS AND 5 CNC?

  • GREENBULL 5X10 X AXIS SHUTTERS

    If your axis shutters and will not move unless moved by another force, that sounds like your acceleration is set too high. Lower the acceleration until it works well, then lower it a bit more to have a margin of safety.

    Users response:
    I've lowered my acceleration to 1 in the StepCon program and it still shutters when I jog it, anything else I could check?

    Buildyourcnc response:
    IF that didn't work, try swapping the X and Y drivers. That way you will pinpoint if the issue is the driver. If the proplem persists, then there may be an issue with the motor itself.

    Buildyourcnc response:
    The X and Y drivers can be easily swapped by swapping only the motor wires.

    - Remove the x-axis motor wires from the X driver.
    - Remove the Y motor wires from the Y driver.
    - Insert the X motor wires into the Y driver.
    - Insert the Y motor wires into the X driver.

    Buildyourcnc response:
    Now the Y-axis will move the gantry. Test the Gantry movement by moving the Y axis using the up and down arrow keys (mach3).

    Users response:
    Problem is now solved, I switched the X and Y at the redFly and got the same problem, so then I undid the wires going to each motor and switched them there and it I had a bad solder point in the X axis connector, thank you for the help

    Buildyourcnc response:
    You're very welcome. We will make sure to thoroughly check the solder points on the cable connectors prior to a redFly delivery.

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    GREENBULL 5X10 X AXIS SHUTTERS

  • My stepper motors are randomly and frequently stalling while using the Pokeys57CNC controller board, any idea what could be the issue?

    I would suspect that the velocity and/or acceleration is too high for the amp setting on the driver. Consider increasing the current amp setting on the driver is the motor can handle the current, or decrease the velocity and/or acceleration.

    You might also want to check to see if you have any mechanical binding on the machine. To check, remove the mechanical drive mechanism so the axis slides freely and slide it from end to end to feel if you have any tight areas or binding.

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    My stepper motors are randomly and frequently stalling while using the Pokeys57CNC controller board, any idea what could be the issue?

  • I am trying to connect my pockeys57cnc usb controller to my mach 3 software. I am totally lost on how to configure it all. Any help?
  • Looking at 2.5amp controller board. What amperage on 5v and dir/step logic. What are specs on Step/Dir logic[amps/volts/duration of pulse]

    Amperage on 5V and dir/step logic is 2.5A.
    The specification on the Step/Dir Logic:
    Amps: Iil: min -20 uA, max 20 uA/ IiH: 100UuA
    Voltage: Vil min 0V, max 0.7V/ Vih min 2.2V, max 5.25V
    Duration of pulse: Step High/Low 1.9us

    Here is a more info on our webpage for 2.5A modular stepper motor driver
    (https://buildyourcnc.com/item/motion%20electronics-steppermotordriver-newbiehack-Motor_Drivers-2!5_Amp_modular)
    as well as our 3D printer version
    (https://buildyourcnc.com/item/3D-Printer-Component-electronicsAndMotors-stepper-driver-2!5a-FDMElectronics-driver2!5a).

    Here is a direct link to the DRV8825 chip datasheet on the driver, for more specific information.
    https://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/drv8825.pdf

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    Looking at 2.5amp controller board. What amperage on 5v and dir/step logic. What are specs on Step/Dir logic[amps/volts/duration of pulse]

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