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Question: Does the pokey57 use a different control cable

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No the USB board is a stand alone purchase, you can find the needed USB cable here: https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-cable-wire-USB-2!0-Cable-TypeA-Male-To-TypeB-Male-newbiehack-Cables_and_Wires-USB-2!0-Cable-TypeA-Male-To-TypeB-Male

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  • Does the usb controller (breakout) come with the needed usb cable?
  • Laser; does your new laser controller uses the stander g-code files??

    No, the laser controller does not run standard g-code. Instead it uses a version of a printer control language which provides optimal results when processing detailed images and designs. If you need or want to control your laser with g-code, however, you can do so by running it from a computer using a standard machine control software. You can even set your laser up to operate both ways. Feel free to contact us directly if you need help sorting through your options.

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  • What settings does I use for controlling the spindle in StepCon/Linuxcnc?

    LinuxCNC has excellent documents; however, I would like to offer our help in case you don't understand the information on that page. So, please use this FAQ (Question #: 13233) to state your questions by submitting additional information below.

    The LinuxCNC spindle control page is found here: http://linuxcnc.org/docs/html/examples/spindle.html

    Additional Information:
    After reading the LinuxCNC page my first questions would be can the spindle be controlled by PWM signal? Also, what pin on the parallel port would I set to Spindle Enable and FRW?

    Additional Information:
    To connect your computer to the VFD, use a USB to RS-485 interface. RS-485 is just a serial interface protocol that uses standard 0 to +5 voltage TTL signal levels for communication (as opposed to RS-232 which uses -12v and +12 for signal level changes).

    Get a high quality interface to reduce any issues during the process. The VFD should have two terminals labeled RS+ and RS-. The USB to RS-485 adapter should have this labeled on it as well so the connections should be relatively straight forward.

    In the VFD parameters:
    PD001: 2 to accept RS485 commands
    PD002: 2 to accept frequency comands
    PD163: 1 to RS485 slave address:1
    PD164: 1 RS485 baud rate 9600
    PD165: 3 8bit, no parity, 1 stop bit

    Make sure LinuxCNC is also set accordingly:

    The PIN14 and PIN16 in the stepconf wizard should be set to unused because you don't want LinuxCNC to be outputting unnecessary signals.

    In the options step of the stepconf wizard:
    - Check the Include Halui user interface component.
    - Check the Include custom PyVCP GUI panel.
    - Check Spindle speed display

    You will want to edit the custom.hal text file located in the folder that was created from the stepconf wizard. Add these following lines:
    loadusr -Wn vfd hy_vfd -n vfd -d /dev/ttyUSB0 -p none -r 9600
    net spindle-cmd-rpm-abs => vfd.speed-command
    net spindle-cw motion.spindle-forward => vfd.spindle-forward
    net spindle-ccw motion.spindle-reverse => vfd.spindle-reverse
    net on motion.spindle-on => vfd.spindle-on

    The dev folder in linux is typically used for interfacing devices and peripherals to the computer as these devices are communicated by simple memory addresses and these files are linked directly to these addresses.

    Under the custom_postgui.hal file, change this line:

    from: sets spindle-at-speed true
    to: net spindle-at-speed => cfd.spindle_at_speed

    and add the line:

    setp vfd.enable 1

    When you start LinuxCNC, you will a spindle section with the reverse and forward buttons, a stop button and - and + buttons. Use these buttons to conform that the spindle is functioning properly. The spindle speed indicator in LinuxCNC will show the spindle speed and you can confirm that this is equal to the speed indicated on the VFD.


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    Additional information was also added by us to provide a better understanding.

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  • DO YOU SUPPLY THE MALE PORTION OF MOTOR CONTROL CABLES WITH REDLEAF?

    Yes and properly soldered.

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  • Does the Laser Controller work with Mach3?

    The laser Controller will not work with Mach3.

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  • Where does the Laser Controll unit mount on a Blacktooth?

    Just my luck. As soon as I posted the question, I found 4 holes that match the controller on the back panel near the fan. Can you confirm?

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  • I would like to mount the CNC controller to the gantry and use the ethernet cable routed through the cable carrier, is ther ok?

    As long as the Ethernet cable is not next to stepper motor cables (between the stepper motor and the stepper motor driver) you should be fine. If you are using a spindle, make sure to shield the cable between the spindle and the VFD as well.

    Additional Information:
    One of my customers is testing this scenario. He is using CAT7 Ethernet cable which is double shielded. I/He will post the results when tested.

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    I would like to mount the CNC controller to the gantry and use the ethernet cable routed through the cable carrier, is ther ok?

  • 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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  • Can I use the driver's I have with the Pokey57

    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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  • Can the USB CNC Controller be used with LinuxCNC?

    The USB Interface can only be used with the Planet-CNC software which runs under the windows operating system.

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  • Have a CNC routher that uses the Porter Cable 78125 considering 2.2kw spindle and controller do you have any mounts and our recommenadtions?

    You are making the right choice. The overall cost benefit of a spindle over a router is worth the change. We used a router back in 2008-2012 and constantly replaced it due to the daily use, but we are still using the same spindle we began using back in 2012.

    We sell a mount that you can find here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/spindle-inverter-2!2kw-spindle-80mm-mount

    The mount fits standard 80mm spindles.

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  • CAN I USE A MAC TO CONTROL THE CNC?

    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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  • CAN I USE A MAC TO CONTROL THE CNC?

    Mach 3 CNC software can do the following:

    Converts a standard PC to a fully featured, 6-axis CNC controller
    Allows direct import of DXF, BMP, JPG, and HPGL files through LazyCam
    Visual Gcode display
    Generates Gcode via LazyCam or Wizards
    Fully customizable interface
    Customizable M-Codes and Macros using VBscript

    SET:

    Spindle Speed control
    Multiple relay control
    Manual pulse generation
    Video display of machine
    Touch screen ability
    Full screen eligibility

    EQUIPMENT:

    Lathes
    Mills
    Routers
    Lasers
    Plasma
    Engravers
    Gear cutting

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    how to wire relay with mach board. I have mach interface board with one relay

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  • When using the laser controller, what does "engrave beyond border limit" mean?

    LaserCAD: Engrave beyond border limit.

    This is caused by a sweeping motion that is too fast and where the acceleration is too slow. My recommended action would be to keep the acceleration the way it is and slow down the speed of the engrave sweeping motion. I typically use around 200-300 mm/sec and make sure that the axis sweep motion is the nozzle along the gantry, not the gantry itself. The gantry will have too much inertia to sweep, but the nozzle is very light and can sweep very quickly.

    Specifically, what is happening with the engrave beyond border limit is where that axis is not able to slow down fast enough to not hit the border. For instance, imagine a car going 100 mph and it needs to stop within 30 feet. This would not be possible because the deceleration is not high enough.

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  • What output pins on your BOB are used to control the SuperPID?

    Yes, you can use any two of the output terminals of the breakout board to control the SuperPID closed loop router controller (a diagram is not needed with these instructions).

    One output terminal will be used as an on/off (1/0 or 5v/gnd) that will be invoked with the M3/M4/M5 M-codes in your g-code instructions.

    The other terminal will be connected to either another 5v/gnd signal to control speed for 5000/20000 rpm or for PWM output (recommended) for proportional speed control.

    To setup this configuration in Mach3, go to your ports and pins dialog box (config menu -> ports and pins). Click on the spindle setup tab. In the Motor Control Section of the dialog, check the box for Use Spindle Motor Output and check the box for PWM control. Change the PWM Base Frequency to 50Hz.

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  • Does the USB controller come with driver installation instructions so we could create our own user interface to communicate with the motor?

    You can use a Pickit 2 programming to load firmware onto the usb driver. The USB use a Microchip pic microcontroller. If you can manage writing a program for the Pic microcontroller and have a Pickit 2 firmware uploader (programmer), you should have no problem.

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    Does the USB controller come with driver installation instructions so we could create our own user interface to communicate with the motor?

  • Does the spindle accept different collet sizes, or do I need to purchase different spindles that will accept different collets?

    The 2.2kW spindle will accept up to 9/16" (a little over 1/2") end mill shanks down to very small diameters (any size that ER-20 will accept). The 1.5kW spindle has a reduced collet size and will only accept up to 5/16". The 1.5kW will accept ER-11 collets.

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  • WHAT CABLE LENGTHS SHOULD USE FOR THE BLACKTOE

    The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

    Total 30 feet

    X - 9
    Y - 10
    Z - 11

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  • Does your 3 axis comboi have the same controller board (i.e. parallel option) as the 4 axis combo?

    Yes, you can select the price option for the electronics combos that include the interface board you desire.

    Go to the electronics category page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/electronicscombo.aspx

    Select the motors and drivers combination you desire and select the price option that contains the interface card you desire.

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