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Question: Is there a guide on setting up Mach4 and PoKeys57CNC software?

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Here is the setup guide for setting up the PoKeys57CNC and Mach4:
https://www.poscope.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Pokeys/LibrariesAndPlugins/Mach4%20and%20PoKeys57CNC%20-%20step%20by%20step%20guide.pdf


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  • how do you automatically turn on the router with pokeys57cnc and mach3. Mach3 is different from the mach4 example "step by step guide".

    There is a video on this page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board
    that demonstrates the start and stop for a spindle with the Pokeys57CNC controller and Mach3. The video is titled, Spindle Start/Stop Control.

    If you are trying to start/stop a router rather than a spindle, all you need to do is apply the same concept of using the relay by passing the black (live) wire of the power cable through the relay. The Mach3 configuration is the same.

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    how do you automatically turn on the router with pokeys57cnc and mach3. Mach3 is different from the mach4 example "step by step guide".

  • Please send a diagram of connections for pokeys57cnc to YL-620 VFD for Mach4

    When you install Mach4 and use the Pokeys57cnc, you will use the plug-in provided by Polabs.

    You can get this plug-in here:
    https://www.poscope.com/product/pokeys57cnc/

    The Pokeys57cnc has a 0-10V output pin (a pulse width modulated (PWM) output pin) labeled onthe diagram as pin 17. You can see this pin at the top of the diagram here:
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

    In Mach4, you will need to set the spindle speed output top this pin #17. In the plug-in, set this pin at 10kHz.

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    Please send a diagram of connections for pokeys57cnc to YL-620 VFD for Mach4

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

  • Is there a way to print my curent Mack3 configuration settings?

    Yes, if you would like to print your mach3 settings, simply open the mach3mill.xml file in a browser and print it from there. There are a few xml files in your mach3 folder. Pick the one that you use as there is one for turning as well, and ones that are user created.

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    Is there a way to print my curent Mack3 configuration settings?

  • how to setup a probe with Mach3 and pokeys57cnc interface

    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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    how to setup a probe with Mach3 and pokeys57cnc interface

  • Using the PoKeys57CNC how to you connect two motors to the Y axis and how is Mach 4 configured for this?

    Polabs prepared step by step user guide for PoKeys57CNC and Mach4 to try answering such questions. It is available in our downloads section: https://www.poscope.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Pokeys/LibrariesAndPlugins/Mach4 and PoKeys57CNC - step by step guide.pdf

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    Using the PoKeys57CNC how to you connect two motors to the Y axis and how is Mach 4 configured for this?

  • Re: From Sketchup ... There are always software version problems with different computer setups. Please, what is the specific hardware and software used to make this system?

    I need more information to properly answer this question. Are you referring to computer hardware to make SketchUp work, or how to setup a CNC machine to work with SketchUp?

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    Re: From Sketchup ... There are always software version problems with different computer setups. Please, what is the specific hardware and software used to make this system?

  • How can I control my VFD using Mach4 cnc control software?

    The best way to determine how to control your VFD using Mach4 is to read the MAch4 manual found here:
    http://www.machsupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Mach4%20Installation%20Manual.pdf

    You will find that there a a few ways to control the spindle/VFD on your CNC machine or CNC Router.
    - The first and easiest is to have your VFD's power controlled by a relay. This will allow your spindle to have on/off control through Mach4 with an output pin.
    - The second is to have a controller output a DAC voltage between 0-10 volts to control speed on the VFD/Spindle. There is a termial on the VFD to receive this signal line. The controller will also have an output that outputs a high or low and that can control the on/off on the VFD.
    - The third, and more difficult of the three methods is to use a USB to Serial adapter (USB to USART or RS-485). The Computer plugs into the adapter using a USB cable and the adapter uses the RX/TX to connect to the VFD's terminals for communication. This will provide a great amount of control. Mach4 will need a plug-in to make this option work.

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    How can I control my VFD using Mach4 cnc control software?

  • We have purchased a lot of your equipment and are considering the PoKeys57CNC. Will it support a torch height control?

    I think the Pokeys57CNC will be able to control the THC (Torch Height Control). Polabs also sells a THC that I may start to hold in inventory and in the description, this device will work with the Pokeys57CNC.
    https://www.poscope.com/product/plasmasensout/

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    We have purchased a lot of your equipment and are considering the PoKeys57CNC. Will it support a torch height control?

  • Mach 4 is not triggering PWM pin 17 on Pokeys57CNC. I am able to get it to work through the Pokeys app but not Mach 4. I've made all of the setting changes prescribed in the manual.

    I will check with the developer of the board and show the response on this FAQ.

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    Are you referring to using Pin 17 for the spindle speed control? Make sure that you set the desired spindle speed in Mach4 by executing S1000 in the MDI or the G-code.

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    Mach 4 is not triggering PWM pin 17 on Pokeys57CNC. I am able to get it to work through the Pokeys app but not Mach 4. I've made all of the setting changes prescribed in the manual.

  • Must I have licence to run planetpc software, is there any other software that will run the usb controller

    The Planet CNC Software will require purchase after the trial version is completed, and will be purchased through their website. Currently that is the only software available for the USB Controller.

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    Must I have licence to run planetpc software, is there any other software that will run the usb controller

  • Does your hardware & software support adding a 4th and 5th axis to the Black Tooth?

    The blackTooth is a laser cutter/engraver, and its current design directs the beam in 2 dimensions (X and Y) over the surface of a workpiece which is assumed to be lying flat beneath the laser head. There is no mechanism to move the Z-axis directly. There is likewise no direct provision to move either the workpiece or the laser head for a 4th or 5th axis of operation because that would change the optical path and/or the focal point. However, you could certainly add a 4th axis to move a workpiece beneath the laser head -- it would be an interesting project, and if you do it we would like to see pictures.

    The ability of the software to support this addition depends upon which software you are using. If you are using a breakout board and machine control software designed for conventional CNC mills, such as Mach3, LinuxCNC, or PlanetCNC, then the answer is yes, the software will support the 4th axis quite easily. If you are using the integrated laser controller, the adaptation would be more difficult.

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    Does your hardware & software support adding a 4th and 5th axis to the Black Tooth?

  • What warranty is there on the 40W laser and power supply?

    Most of our products have a warranty that extends for 1 year; however, there are parts like end mills and laser tubes which are considered consumables. These parts, when used, become worn, or the usable life is decreased. Laser tubes are parts that, when used, shorten its life, and especially when proper methods are not used (i.e. running the tube with water), can drastically reduce the life of the tube. Therefore, the warranty for laser tubes are 30 days if the laser tube was not used.

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    What warranty is there on the 40W laser and power supply?

  • 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?

  • the computer is not able to wrk properly with the upgraded laser tube and power board and has an outdated software instilation.

    Is this a CO2 laser tube? CO2 laser tubes are not typically associated with the laser controller. The laser tube is powered by a laser tube power supply which is controlled by a simple digital on/off or PWM signal.

    If you got a higher powered laser tube, then the power supply for the laser tube needs to be correctly wired to the laser controller.

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    the computer is not able to wrk properly with the upgraded laser tube and power board and has an outdated software instilation.

  • 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?

  • Is there a way to use Mach4 to control my VFD?

    The best way to determine how to control your VFD using Mach4 is to read the MAch4 manual found here:
    http://www.machsupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Mach4%20Installation%20Manual.pdf

    You will find that there a a few ways to control the spindle/VFD on your CNC machine or CNC Router.
    - The first and easiest is to have your VFD's power controlled by a relay. This will allow your spindle to have on/off control through Mach4 with an output pin.
    - The second is to have a controller output a DAC voltage between 0-10 volts to control speed on the VFD/Spindle. There is a termial on the VFD to receive this signal line. The controller will also have an output that outputs a high or low and that can control the on/off on the VFD.
    - The third, and more difficult of the three methods is to use a USB to Serial adapter (USB to USART or RS-485). The Computer plugs into the adapter using a USB cable and the adapter uses the RX/TX to connect to the VFD's terminals for communication. This will provide a great amount of control. Mach4 will need a plug-in to make this option work.

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    Is there a way to use Mach4 to control my VFD?

  • 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?

  • What breakout board do i need for the mach4 software?

    You can find the cnc machine interface board here that works with Mach4:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

    This board will work with Mach3 and Mach4. The board is filled with a wealth of options and features, including the ability to connect up to 8 axes (motor drivers), pendant, LCD, many outputs and inputs, separate pins for limit switches , 2 relays, Ethernet and USB interfacing.

    Additional Information:

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    What breakout board do i need for the mach4 software?

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