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Question #: 13700

Question: What is each axis' resolution for the blueChick in mm or µm?

Current Solution

The resolution for any of our machines is based on the driver microsetting setting and the machanical parts used for each axis.

For example:
The blueChick uses 9 tooth drive sprockets for the x and y axes.
To determine resolution use this formula:
Resolution = steps / inch or the travel in steps for one revolution of the drive sprocket
Steps = (motor steps) * (driver microsteps) or natural motor steps * microstepping setting on the driver
Inches = t(ooth coun)t *( tooth pitch) or the number of teeth for the drive sprocket

Resolution = ((motor steps) * (microsteps)) / (teeth * pitch)
In this example, the microsteps is 16 and the pitch is .25 inches
= (200 * 16) / (9 * .25")
= 3200 / 2.25"
= 1422.222 steps per inch

For the z axis of the blueChick, the resolution is typically based on 4 micro steps and the travel for one turn of the motor is 1/2". Therefore:
Resolution = (200 * 4) / .5"
= 800 / .5"
= 1600 steps per inch

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  • WHAT IS THE FORMULA TO DETERMINE STEPS PER INCH OR RESOLUTION FOR EACH AXIS?

    The formula and calculation is a starting point to get into the area of steps per inch. You will then need to use the mach3 calibration utility to get the exact steps per inch.

    Formula:
    step per inch = (motor steps * microstepping) / (travel at one turn of the motor in inches)
    if microstepping is set at 16 (1/16 on the driver) then and you are using a sprocket and chain with a pitch of .25 inches and 12 teeth on the drive sprocket
    = (200 * 16) / (12 * .25)
    = 3200 / 3
    = 1066.666 steps per inch

    For lead screw that has a travel of .5 inches at one turn like the 5 start 1/2 inch lead screw and using 4 microsteps per step (1/4):
    = (200 * 4) / (.5)
    = 800 / .5
    = 1600 steps per inch

    Remember to use the mach3 calibration wizard and double check the driver microstep setting.

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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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  • What do I do if I didnt recieve the y-axis rails, z-axis rails, or the roller chain for my bluechick (rollerchain)?

    Please contact us at customerservice@buildyourcnc.com so we can get the customer order # and customer info so we can send the replacements right away!!

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  • Received the bluechick today. Inventory shows I am missing 1/4" bearing #339 and 4 each 1/4" set screws #360-10536. What do I do to get them replaced? Thanks. Lml

    You need to either call us or email us, and provide the name you used when you ordered, so that we can find your order, as well as what parts you are missing.

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  • What is processing and ship time for a bluechick? Tried to call but no answer and no space to leave a message.

    We try to have the product out for shipping within 48 hours. The shipping time can vary depending on the shipping option you choose, and the delays the shipper may have. Unfortunately we have no control over the product once the shipper has it.

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  • What is the dot resolution (size) of the BlackTooth laser?

    The dot resolution of the blackTooth is a combination of two specifications of the machine:

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    The steps per or resolution can actually be a range, since the driver microstepping can be modified.

    A simple formula can be used to determine the resolution:

    step per inch = (motor steps * microstepping) / (travel at one turn of the motor in inches)

    if microstepping is set at 16 (1/16 on the driver) and you are using a pulley that has a pitch of .08 inches and 20 teeth on the drive sprocket

    = (200 steps * 16 microsteps) / (20 teeth * .08 inches)
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    To increase the resolution, just increase the microsteps on the driver.

    The actual dot size will depend on the lens you are using, the material being lased, the time period that the laser energy is applied to the material, and the focal height of the lens to the work surface material. The energy from the laser will converge to a point and create a dot on the surface (which is different than the kerf of the laser cut into the material).

    The dot will appear in different sizes depending on the material because, say wood, will burn causing a dot that burns the fibers of the wood and spreads a bit. The dot lased on the surface of a plastic, say Plexiglas, the dot will be smaller because the energy is absorbed only at that point, but since Plexiglas is a thermoplastic, a bit of the energy will melt the dot edges depending on the time frame (period) that the energy is applied to the surface.

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

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    Y - 5 feet
    X- 4 feet

    20 AWG 4 conductor

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  • What size stepper motors does the blueChick use?

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  • What brand is the 2.2 kW spindle? Same for the VFD. Thanks.

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    - and pressing the calculate shipping button

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    - nozzle tube fitting with 36 inches of silicone tubing.
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    The assembly instructions are located at this URL towards the bottom of the page (click on each picture to get a larger view):

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