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Question #: 14319

Question: Can I use the driver's I have with the Pokey57

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Since the Pokey57CNC outputs standard pulse and direction signals, you can use any stepper driver. So, you do not need to use the Postep driver to operate your stepper motors.

The Pokey57CNC control board is extremely feature rich and can be use to control very complex light or heavy CNC systems. Since most CNC system use high current drivers, the Pokey57CNC can be used with these systems.

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    Since the Pokey57CNC outputs standard pulse and direction signals, you can use any stepper driver. So, you do not need to use the Postep driver to operate your stepper motors.

    The Pokey57CNC control board is extremely feature rich and can be use to control very complex light or heavy CNC systems. Since most CNC system use high current drivers, the Pokey57CNC can be used with these systems.

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    Do I have to use the Postep Driver with the Pokey57CNC usb/ethernet board. Can I use the Motor Driver (24-40 volts DC, up to 3.0 amps, microstepping from 1 to 1/64) With The Pokeycnc USB/Ethernet board.

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    We have a video that shows the connection and implementation of a CO2 laser on the youtube channel here:

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    That video should show how I'm connecing the Pokeys57CNC to the laser tube power supply TL/TH terminal. I also show how to configure Mach3 to trigger the laser on and off using the M7 and M9 codes.

    Let me know if this helps.

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  • Can we use Mach4 with the fabricator pro?

    Yes, you can use Mach4 wtih the Fabricator Pro CNC machine.

    We have not designed a metal machine like the Fabricator Pro to lean more in the vertical orientation. Unfortunately, we haven't gotten any requests for that style of machine, and the greenLean, although a great machine and space saver, has not been our best seller.

    If we get more interest in this type of machine, we would have no problem designing a machine like this.

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  • Can I use Mach4 with the Fabricator Pro?

    Yes, you can use Mach4 wtih the Fabricator Pro CNC machine.

    We have not designed a metal machine like the Fabricator Pro to lean more in the vertical orientation. Unfortunately, we haven't gotten any requests for that style of machine, and the greenLean, although a great machine and space saver, has not been our best seller.

    If we get more interest in this type of machine, we would have no problem designing a machine like this.

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  • Does the pokey57 use a different control cable
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    The USB Interface can only be used with the Planet-CNC software which runs under the windows operating system.

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  • Hi ! Can I use the redFly System with a Raspberry Pi ?

    Yes, since the Raspberry Pi has the ability to communicate using its GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins, software loaded on the Raspberry Pi can be connected directly to stepping (stepper) motor drivers. The redFly can be retrofitted to replace the breakout board so the Raspberry Pi can live within the redFly case.

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    We have the LCD but we don't have the pendant just yet.
    https://www.newbiehack.com/categories/newbiehack-LCD_Displays_and_LEDs-LCD-20x4

    The "newbiehack" website is a website owned by us and is under the PHD Robotics, LLC. Company.

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    Mach 3 + CamBam as a bundle costs $310. EMC2 will give you a free replacement for Mach 3 and is exclusively for Linux.

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  • WHAT SOFTWARE CAN BE USED WITH THE BLACKTOOTH LASER CUTTER?

    I would say mechanically, between the official build instructions, Warren's awesome blog (http://blacktoothlaser.blogspot.com/) and the tips in the forum, the blackTooth is a really simple build. The challenges come with electronics and software. There's a number of different ways to drive the laser and motors. A decent understanding of electronics and computers is a must.

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  • Can I purchase a computer off Amazon (I have a machine I want to use) and still use the USB interface to drive it with LinuxCNC?

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    There is no estimate on how much this will cost though, since there are too many variables involved to do this.

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    - 20awg stranded wires for the motors - http://www.buildyourcnc.com/electronicscombo.aspx
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    - 24awg stranded wires for breakout board to drivers
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    - General purpose extension cord (cut the female end off) to provide power to power supply
    - USB cable to power breakout board
    - Parallel cable to communicate to breakout board
    - Router
    - (optional - instead of router) Spindle with power inverter http://www.buildyourcnc.com/SpindlesAndAccessories.aspx
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    - End Mill(s) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/ProductsEndMills.aspx
    - CAD, and/or CAD-CAM software (to produce geometry, machine operations, and g-code) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/CNCsoftware.aspx
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    This answer is applicable to most of our machines with the exception of the greenLean and the blueChick since those machines are equipped with a table structure.

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    The USB on the Parallel breakout board, is used for powering the board itself (5v USB), and the Parallel to communicate directly between the drivers and the computer/mach 3.
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    To use Planet-CNC, please refer to our USB breakout board! (https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-USB-Controller-Breakout)

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    We follow all regulations in regards to international shipments. The only way to avoid dealing with customs would be to hire a local courier to handle the process for you.

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  • THE CNC MACHINE IS UNSAFE WITH EXPOSED SPROCKETS THAT CAN DAMAGE FINGERS AND HAVE CLOTHING CAUGHT IN IT.

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