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Question: [Mach3 USB Interface Board] Does this support THC function?

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Unfortunately, all of the attemps I have made to use this controller with a THC did not work, so I would not recommend this board for plasma machines that use a THC. THe Pokeys57CNC controller will work with several THC controllers. I have used the Proma and the PlasmaSens controllers with the Pokeys57CNC.

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  • [575] Does this motion controller support Backlash Compensation?

    This controller lacks the capability for backlash compensation. While software or signal-based adjustments are feasible, they are far from optimal if the controller natively supports backlash compensation. The most effective way to address backlash is through the mechanical components of the machine itself.

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    [575] Does this motion controller support Backlash Compensation?

  • [575] Does this board support indexing on mach3 turn? Planning to use it on a lathe and will do threading jobs

    You have the ability to designate the 4th axis, commonly known as the A-axis, for rotary indexing operations when using a Mach3 USB controller.

    To achieve this in Mach3, you'll need to:

    Open the Mach3 software.
    Navigate to "Config" and then to "Ports and Pins."
    Go to the "Motor Outputs" tab.
    Enable the A-axis and assign the respective Step and Direction pins.
    Save your settings and exit the "Ports and Pins" dialog.
    To calibrate the A-axis, go to "Settings" and use the "Set Steps Per Unit" option.

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    [575] Does this board support indexing on mach3 turn? Planning to use it on a lathe and will do threading jobs

  • [575] Does the USB MACH3 controller support Sherline 1/2 pulse mode?

    The Mach3 100 kHz controller may be able to support the Sherline 1/2 pulse mode, but I have not tried it. There is no information in the documentation that is related to the parameter that can be set in Mach3 for the Sherline 1/2 pulse mode. You may be able to play with the available kHz ranges that the plugin allows to see if there is a pulse width that meets the Sherline 1/2 pulse mode specification.

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    [575] Does the USB MACH3 controller support Sherline 1/2 pulse mode?

  • [575] Hello. Does this USB interface board thc? I have the proma 150.

    I do not recommend using the Mach3 USB controller to be used with a torch height controller. There are only 4 inputs on the Mach3 USB controller. We have tried to interface a Proma THC to this board without success; however, we did not exhaust all possibilities.

    I would recommend the Pokeys57CNC controller to connect the Proma THC as I have interfaced these two before and they work well together.
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

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    [575] Hello. Does this USB interface board thc? I have the proma 150.

  • [575] does the mach3 usb interface board support the M11/M10 command set?

    The Mach3 USB controller will work with M3/M4/M5 or M7/M8/M9 combinations. M10/M11 is not available with the controller.

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    [575] does the mach3 usb interface board support the M11/M10 command set?

  • [575] Instructions read 24v on the card, can it support 36vdc ?

    The power supply that is used to power this controller must be 24VDC maximum. Any higher voltage and the controller components can be damaged. The 24VDC power supply doesn't need to be a high amp power supply. I would recommend This power supply: https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-power-supply-24v-1a-dc

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    [575] Instructions read 24v on the card, can it support 36vdc ?

  • [575] Will the Mach3 USB interface board support other software such as Easel?

    The Mach3 USB controller is specifically engineered to integrate seamlessly with Mach3's CNC control software. Easel, on the other hand, offers an all-in-one CAD/CAM solution along with machine control capabilities. While Easel can output standard G-code compatible with industry-standard post-processors, it can serve as a design tool when used in conjunction with Mach3 but not as the machine control software.

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    [575] Will the Mach3 USB interface board support other software such as Easel?

  • [575] does it works with Fusion 360?

    Yes, the Mach3 USB controller works with the Mach3 control software, one of the most popular control software for CNC machines. Fusion360 has a Mach3 post-processor.

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    [575] does it works with Fusion 360?

  • [575] The older B.O.B. needed a charge pump as an added safety feature, does this U.S.B. board need a charge pump?

    The pulse stream is output directly from the onboard microcontroller on the Mach3 USB controller, so there is no need for a safety charge pump from the computer to the controller. Parallel port breakout boards were connected to the computer via GPIO pins (General Purpose Input/Output) and each pin dedicated to the step pulse would be output directly from those pins. In that case, a safety charge pump was needed.

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    [575] The older B.O.B. needed a charge pump as an added safety feature, does this U.S.B. board need a charge pump?

  • [575] Hi, Can I use this board with a closed loop stepper?

    Yes, this CNC controller can be used with closed-loop stepper drivers and motors. The loop for control and feedback is between the driver and the motor. The closed-loop driver receives step and direction signals, which this controller will output which furnishes the driver with the necessary signals to move the motor. Additionally, the closed-loop driver can output a fault signal to this controller through the controller's input terminals in case the motor should encounter a situation that prevents the motor from moving so the CNC can shut down.

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    [575] Hi, Can I use this board with a closed loop stepper?

  • [575] can the handwheel inputs be used for thc

    I have not tried using the handwheel inputs for anything other than for handwheel operation. I haven't had success using a THC with the Mach3 USB controller. The pokeys57CNC controller is a better solution for THC (torch height controller) and plasma cutter use.

    Here is a link to the okeys57CNC controller: https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

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    [575] can the handwheel inputs be used for thc

  • [575] Will this work with Mach4. I,m thinking to upgrade from Mach3.

    The Mach3 USB will not work with Mach4. Consider the Pokeys57CNC controller instead. The Pokeys57CNC controller will work with Mach3 or Mach4 and contains more features than most CNC machines need, including 8 motor outputs, 4 onboard relays, limit home and probe inputs, galvanically isolated outputs, and much more.
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

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    [575] Will this work with Mach4. I,m thinking to upgrade from Mach3.

  • [575] We have Gecko 203V that require 5v input signal, can this be done?

    Yes, that driver has standard step and direction signal terminals that will work fine with the Mach3 USB controller.

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    [575] We have Gecko 203V that require 5v input signal, can this be done?

  • WHAT THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR STAMPS.COM?

    The stamps.com technical support is developersupport@stamps.com

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    WHAT THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR STAMPS.COM?

  • [575] Could thi board be used for a plasma cutter with THC?

    I have had no success with this controller paired with a THC
    (Torch Height Controller) for plasma cutting. I would instead recommend the pokeys57CNC controller and the PlasmaSense and PlasmaSensOut THC controllers.

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-plasma-thc-plasmasenseoutandplasmasense

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    [575] Could thi board be used for a plasma cutter with THC?

  • GIVE ME THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT INFO FOR STAMPS.COM

    The stamps.com technical support is developersupport@stamps.com

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    GIVE ME THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT INFO FOR STAMPS.COM

  • [575] Mach3 cutting in air above stock

    If you wish to test the cutting of a project, zero the z-axis above the workpiece more than the measurement of the final depth of the cut. Make sure you have enough travel for the clearance passes.

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    [575] Mach3 cutting in air above stock

  • [575] Is there a special .tap g code file I should use with this mach3 controller I’m using aspire as cad

    The post-processor that should be used in Aspire, Vectric V-Carve, Cut 2D, and other CAM programs in their suite should use Mach 2/3 Arcs (inch) or Mach 2/3 Arcs (mm).

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    [575] Is there a special .tap g code file I should use with this mach3 controller I’m using aspire as cad

  • [575] Can this board drive two (2) Y-motors? Design uses 1 X, 2 Y, and 1 Z motor. The schematic has X, Y, Z

    You can use this board to have two motors/drivers on a single axis.

    You have two solutions for this:

    Wire the YP and TD to two drivers so they are receiving the same pulses and direction signals from the controller (if you need the motors to turn in opposite directions, just swap the A and B coils where the motor connects to the driver for one of the drivers/motors). This will free up an axis on the board.

    Use the Mach3 slaave axis option where you resolve the two motors on a single axis by software. This will require you to use the extra axis on the board.

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    [575] Can this board drive two (2) Y-motors? Design uses 1 X, 2 Y, and 1 Z motor. The schematic has X, Y, Z

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