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Question #: 13884

Question: will mach3 work on a cnc masters mill

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Yes, you can use the Mach3 software on a CNC Masters Mill, but you will need to replace the main controller card with one of the following:

Our breakout board (works with Mach3 and LinuxCNC and requires a parallel port on your computer):
https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-parallel-breakout-relay

The PoKeys57CNC (works with Mach3 and Mach4):
https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

Generic USB breakout board (works with Mach3):
https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

This board will need to be connected to the drivers for each stepper motor. From my research, these mills have gecko drivers to drive the individual stepper motors.

It has also been noted with the power supply may be under powered as well. If you feel that is the case, you may want to consider replacing that as well.

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  • Will Mach3 work on windows 8.1

    Yes, you can use Mach3 CNC motion control software with Windows 8, but you will not be able to access the parallel port with this version of Windows and Mach3. If you wish to use Windows 8 and Mach3 together, you will need to use a USB motion controller like the one shown at the following URL:

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

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    Will Mach3 work on windows 8.1

  • Is there any other software that will work with your controller Mach3?

    The mach3 control software will work with all major CAM software (CAMBAM, Aspire and Vectric, BobCAD/CAM, ArtCAM, Dolphin CAM, CAM software that integrate with SolidWorks and AutoDesk Inventor, and many more).

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  • WILL THE USB BREAKOUT BOARD WORK WITH MACH3?

    Sure, the USB interface has a place for 4 axes of limit switches.

    Each axis can have two limit switches: one for the ++ (positive) end and one for the -- (negative) end. The positive end would be the limit switch at the end of the machine that, say the machine has a 4'x8' area, reaches a bit after the 8 foot mark. The negative end would be the limit switch behind the 0 foot location behind the origin. If the origin is in the middle, the negative would be at a little more than the -4 foot end and the positive would be at a bit more than the +4 foot end. Note that you can have more than one switch on each pin where the NC is connected in serial fashion and the NO is connected in parallel fashion (this can be seen on the diagram in the multiple limits switch section). The software configurations for the limits switches are under File -> Settings -> Limit.

    A typical limit switch has three connections on it. These connections consist of COM (common), NC (normally closed) and NO (normally open). The COM would generally go to GND and the NC or the NO would go to the pin. If the NC is used, then the the switch is constantly connected until the switch is pushed (engaged) then the connection from the pin to gnd is broken (open). Use the settings in software to set whether in NC or NO configuration.

    Let me know if this information was helpful (or not) by adding information to this question. Thanks.

    User response:
    Thank you very much for this helpful information. I'm still a little fuzzy on how the 6 limit switches physically connect to each other and to the USB breakout board. You've stated one switch (home) goes to positive and another switch (limit) goes to negative. Are all the GND prongs from all 6 switches connected to each other and going to GND on the breakout board, or no? And the NC prongs, how exactly are they connected to each other? And to the board? There has to be a diagram somewhere shows this visually, no? I don't know how to wire the switches in series or in parallel. I have already physically installed all the switches on the machine and ran the wires to where the board is. Now I just need to know where to plug these wires into the board. Also, taking into consideration that I'm using the Planet CNC software, the only settings I have pertaining to limit switches is "Enable/Disable" for each axis, and the actual limit for each axis. Nothing about NC or NO. Is that only in Mach3?
    Thank you.

    buildyourcnc response:
    On the USB interface, the COM on the switch connects to GND and the NC or NO connects to the input pin (i.e. x++, y--, etc.)

    Limit switch configuration is rather difficult to understand, especially with series and parallel. You can think of series as a single wire going from GND to the axis letter input terminal (i.e. X++ or X--). If the wire is broken, then the circuit is open (or the switch is engaged in a normally closed scenario). Normally closed is like an actual wire, and when engaged, the switch "opens" (breaks the wire). This is why we recommend in some systems that you can put many switches in series on a single pin. When one of the switches is engaged (breaking the connection) then the entire circuit of switches is broken and the machine stops.

    In a parallel scenario, the state of the circuit is always broken until the one of the switches is engaged and the circuit is then closed or connected. The topology looks like a ladder. All the switches connect to both sides of the ladder and the switches are like the runs of the ladder (the horizontal bars that the feet are placed while climbing). Imagine all of the switches broken in this scenario (normally open). It would be like the ladder could be split in two, but if one of the ladder runs (switches) is closed by engaging it, then that run would connect both sides of the ladder and the two sides of the ladder would have a connection.

    There is a diagram on the USB page of the various limit switch configurations. If you need more information (visual and/or otherwise), please let us know and we will immediately add that information to benefit everyone.

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    WILL THE USB BREAKOUT BOARD WORK WITH MACH3?

  • Will the USB breakout board work with Mach3?

    Our newer USB board will work with Mach3 and can be found here at this URL:

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

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    Will the USB breakout board work with Mach3?

  • Will the mach3 usb interface card work with Windows 7?

    Yes, Mach3 (the software profram) will work with Windows 7, and windows 10 when coupled with the Mach3 USB interface. If you intend to use the parallel port driver, stick with Windows 7 in 32-bit mode.

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    Will the mach3 usb interface card work with Windows 7?

  • Does the Laser Controller work with Mach3?

    The laser Controller will not work with Mach3.

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    Does the Laser Controller work with Mach3?

  • your usb breakout board will work the latest version of planet cnc software?

    Yes, our USB controller will work on the latest version of Planet-CNC.

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    your usb breakout board will work the latest version of planet cnc software?

  • DOES MACH3 WORK ON A MAC?

    There are several CAD/CAM programs out there for MacOS. Here is a list of a few: http://www.macuser.de/forum/f53/3d-2d-cad-395058/#post4499316
    I've also read good things about punchCAD: http://www.punchcad.com/
    Of course, there is always SketchUp if you are in a pinch. There are a few CAM plugins for SketchUp as well, but I've never used them, so I can't vouch for them.

    CAD/CAM will get you as far as designing your parts and producing the g-code, but if you also want to run the CNC machine with your Mac, you will need a piece of software similar to Mach3 or EMC to run the g-code. I haven't been able to find anything like these programs that runs on Mac, so you may have to run Mach3 or EMC in Windows using Boot Camp or a virtual machine such as VMware or Parallels.

    Personally, I would use the Mac to do all the CAD/CAM, then use a cheap PC to run the CNC machine.

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    EasyDNC for OSX
    www.dnc-x.com

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    DOES MACH3 WORK ON A MAC?

  • will mach4 software work with planet CNC breakoutboard?

    Our USB breakout board, will not work with Mach 4! The USB BoB is specifically designed to work with Planet-CNC.

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    will mach4 software work with planet CNC breakoutboard?

  • WILL THE LASER ENGRAVER WORK ON NON-ANODIZED ALUMINUM

    no, it will only work on anodized aluminum

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    WILL THE LASER ENGRAVER WORK ON NON-ANODIZED ALUMINUM

  • will 220v vfd work on 110v outlet

    No, VFDs with an input voltage of 220v will only work on 220 volt mains.

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  • I can't get the Mach3 USB interface to work

    Please follow the steps on the following webpage:

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

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  • limit switch does not work as wired mach3 usb

    Are you connecting the limit switch in normally open mode? I would suggest connecting a single limit switch from the DCM terminal to one of the input terminals. Make sure you have a 24v power supply connected between the 24V terminal and the DCM terminal.

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    Are you connecting the limit switch in normally open mode? I would suggest connecting a single limit switch from the DCM terminal to one of the input terminals. Make sure you have a 24v power supply connected between the 24V terminal and the DCM terminal.

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  • x and y on plasma does not work but x and y on mill does work. why?

    I assume you are referring to Mach3 mill versus mach3 plasma. These are two xml files that contain settings for "mill" and "plasma".

    If the machine moves (the stepper motors are moving and the drivers are receiving signals from the controller) in the settings for mill, but are not moving in the plasma settings, then you need to deeply investigate the settings and make sure they are exactly the same in the:
    - motor outputs tab of ports and pins dialog box
    - port address in the ports and pins dialog box

    If you are just trying to move it manually, make sure the jog button is "on" in the program run tab. Press the tab button to reveal the mach3 pendant screen and make sure the jog is set to continuous.

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    x and y on plasma does not work but x and y on mill does work. why?

  • Will Mach 4 work on the Controller board that is meant to run Mach 3?

    The Mach3 USB board found here: https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Is not designed to work under Mach4. The Mach3 USB uses a plug-in in Mach3 to function as an interpreter, sending pulses and signals to electronics from commands sent to the board from Mach3. This plugin would need to be updated to be able to work under Mach4 but the board manufacturer would need to do this update. So far, there is no plug-in that will work for Mach4 and this board.

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    Will Mach 4 work on the Controller board that is meant to run Mach 3?

  • Can I use your USB interface board and Mach3 on my 3 axis CNC router?

    Planet-CNC is the control software. If you decide to use the USB controller, you will need to use the planet-CNC software as the control software. You will be able to use any of the CAM software applications with the planet-CNC control software.

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    Can I use your USB interface board and Mach3 on my 3 axis CNC router?

  • Mach3 USB CNC Interface EMERGENCY STOP

    To connect an emergency stop (e-stop) to the Mach3 USB controller, use the emergency stop switch/button on the NO (normally open) connections of the switch. Connect one side of the NO connection to IN1 and the other side of the NO connection to the DCM, or GND (V-) of the 24V power supply that is used to power the Mach3 USB controller.

    Additional Information:
    The configuration in Mach3 should be default if you used the XML file that is here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

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    Mach3 USB CNC Interface EMERGENCY STOP

  • My Mach3 will not start, it says probediag.dat error=5.

    Erase the file named probediag.txt and everything should work fine. Start Mach3 again and you should not get the error.

    If you still get the error, please submit additional information on this FAQ.

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  • What doesn't come with the electronics that I will need so it will work?

    Here is a list of the parts needed to get the electronics combo functioning (parallel or USB interface options):

    - 22 or 24 gauge stranded hookup wire to connect all of the drivers to the USB or parallel interface (terminal to terminal connections),
    - 18 gauge stranded hookup wire to connect the drivers to the power supply,
    - a power cable (extension cord) to connect from the power outlet to the power supply,
    - 4 conductor cable to connect the drivers to the stepper motors,
    - a USB cable to connect from the computer to the USB interface (or for power to the parallel interface),
    - for the parallel interface, a parallel cable is needed (male to male db-25),
    - a computer (for parallel interface, the computer will need a parallel port and if the computer does not contain a parallel interface, the motherboard may have a header for it, or you can purchase a parallel adapter to plug into the motherboard, very inexpensive),
    - cnc control software: for the USB interface, you will need planet-cnc software, for the parallel interface, you can use any industry standard cnc control software (the typical is Mach3 for Windows, or EMC2 or Linuxcnc for Linux (Linuxcnc.org).

    5v power supply is not needed. The 5 volts signal level power is derived from the computer through USB on both types of interfaces.

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    What doesn't come with the electronics that I will need so it will work?

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