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Question: WHERE IS GOOD PLACE TO PUT THE E-STOP SWITCH?

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Locate the switch as close to where you will normally be as possible and in clear sight.

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  • BlackFoot CNC: Where should z-axis limit switches be placed?

    The limit switch for the z-axis should be placed in a location where nothing can interfere with CNC process, now for our blackFoot, referring to step 115(https://www.buildyourcnc.com/blackFoot48v40.aspx#prettyPhoto/120/) it will be placed 1-1/4"(may be adjusted) down from the top wood piece(vacuum holder). So contact will be made from the location of the anti-backlash nut wood piece and the limit switch stopping it from going to high.

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    BlackFoot CNC: Where should z-axis limit switches be placed?

  • I recently purchased 3 axis electronics with the USB controller board. I'm trying to install an E-stop switch. Where do I connect that on the controller board?

    There are many ways to wire an emergency stop switch. The simplest, and arguably the most certain, way is to wire the switch into the incoming power so that throwing the switch kills all power to every part of the machine. Here is a diagram showing how a customer wired such a switch on their blackTooth laser which you could adapt to your needs. http://www.buildyourtools.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4872

    Alternatively, you could use an input pin on your USB board. The wiring would depend on whether and how you might be using limit switches (single or multiple switches; normally open or normally closed). Our website datasheet for the USB board is at https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-USB-Controller-Breakout#prettyPhoto/2/ and shows how to configure the switches for each set up. If you use this method, you'd essentially wire the e-stop as a limit switch.

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    I recently purchased 3 axis electronics with the USB controller board. I'm trying to install an E-stop switch. Where do I connect that on the controller board?

  • I recently purchased 3 axis electronics with the USB controller board. I'm trying to install an E-stop switch. Where do I connect that on the controller board?

    There are many ways to wire an emergency stop switch. The simplest, and arguably the most certain, way is to wire the switch into the incoming power so that throwing the switch kills all power to every part of the machine. Here is a diagram showing how a customer wired such a switch on their blackTooth laser which you could adapt to your needs. http://www.buildyourtools.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4872

    Alternatively, you could use an input pin on your USB board. The wiring would depend on whether and how you might be using limit switches (single or multiple switches; normally open or normally closed). Our website datasheet for the USB board is at https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-USB-Controller-Breakout#prettyPhoto/2/ and shows how to configure the switches for each set up. If you use this method, you'd essentially wire the e-stop as a limit switch.

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    I recently purchased 3 axis electronics with the USB controller board. I'm trying to install an E-stop switch. Where do I connect that on the controller board?

  • I bought a, 3-Axis NEMA23 CNC Kit (36V/9.7A/382oz-in/KL-4030.but dont know how to set the dip switches on my drivers. The place I bout the kit from isent very good and support.

    That driver (not purchased here) is a standard 3.0 amp driver that will have the dip switch settings on the top of the driver. You will need to determine the amp rating of you motor for the scheme that you wire your motor to the driver (bipolar parallel is recommended in most circumstances but can depend on your power supply output). Check the stepping motor datasheet for your motor to determine this amp rating.

    The other set of switches will be configure the microstepping. This will depend on your mechanical setup (i.e. lead screw, rack and pinion, roller chain, timing belt, etc.) and the specifications of such mechanical parts.

    This general formula (which can be searched using the Customer Service Live with many examples): step/inch = (natural motor steps * desired microsteps) / (mechanical travel for one motor rotation)

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    I bought a, 3-Axis NEMA23 CNC Kit (36V/9.7A/382oz-in/KL-4030.but dont know how to set the dip switches on my drivers. The place I bout the kit from isent very good and support.

  • How do I wire the limit switches on the VLXL? Also, where do I place them? You included 2 rotary and two other limit switches.

    You can actually select many places for the switches, depending on where you think your zero will be. I will take pictures of where we positioned our switches. We set the positions so the zero is at the bottom left corner of the machine.

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    I will take pictures tomorrow.

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    Thank you. Just want to finish before the holiday.

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    Not a problem at all and my apologies for not having that information. I have been meaning to put up a video on the limit switch connection as it is somewhat difficult to explain the process in words and diagrams.

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    Any update?

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    I plan on driving to the office later today and take pictures.

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    Thank you. I've just done almost everything else. Just waiting for the grade 3 grease in the mail. Also, where do you suggest connecting the cable carriers? I ran everything through the top but the carrier is getting kind of full. Because of that, it is pushing the belt out when the gantry moves.

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    I will take pictures of those connections as well.

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    Much appreciated.

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    It’s my pleasure.

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    I’m almost to the office. I’ve been shuttling my kids around today. Sorry for the wait.

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    I’m adding the images to the end of the VLXL instructions.

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    The limit switch connections use the NO (Normally Open) terminals. That means that the switch, when not engaged, is normally open (no connection between the com and the NO terminal). When the switch is engaged, then the connection is closed and the NO and COM terminal become connected, making a circuit.

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    Did you bend the arm on the x switch? Or can you mount it flush with enough give to trigger? Same on both sides?


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    It does look like it is bent in the picture. No, you do not need to bend the arm of the rotary switch.

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    We only have the rotary switch on one side.

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    How do I wire the limit switches on the VLXL? Also, where do I place them? You included 2 rotary and two other limit switches.

  • Is there a mapping on the input (switch) pins to an axis on the parallel breakout board?

    The mapping of the input pins of the parallel breakout board is configured through software. The input pin are very versatile and can be mapped to all kinds of different types of input including axis limits and axis homing.

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    Is there a mapping on the input (switch) pins to an axis on the parallel breakout board?

  • When wiring NC limit switches in series to the V5 BOB where are the connections made on the BOB?

    The breakout board has input pins on one side. Use these pins to connect limit switches. The return of the circuit goes to gnd which is located on the same side, where the input pins are located.

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    When wiring NC limit switches in series to the V5 BOB where are the connections made on the BOB?

  • Limit, E-stop and home switches: To set up the maximum number of switches set up I would need 2 BOB's, correct? How is this implimented and wired?

    The parallel breakout board allows for 4 input connections. Each input connection can have an unlimited number of switches, but if you need to separate the switch circuit for, say, all of the home switches, you can use another input pin. There is no need to add another breakout board to add more switches unless you need to use the input pins for totally unique conditions that may or may not be related to CNC functions.

    Customer response:
    To Clarify: I need to set up 3 home switches which can double for limits (that's 3 pins.). Another pin for a probe. That's 4 pins used. Now I need to set up the other limit and E-stop switches. No pins left, how do I do that? Can a ground pin be doubled up on?

    Plus, I have a SuperPID. Another pin?

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    You can put all of your limit switches (including the E-stop which serves the same purpose as the limit switches) and home switches on a single pin. When homing, mach3 will move the axis it wants to home, hit the switch, pull away from the switch, then move the next axis and repeat the steps for the next two axes.

    The probe is on the 2nd pin. The SuperPID is on the 3rd pin and now you have another pin remaining.

    The GND terminal can be doubled up.

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    how about a diagram to reference showing the pin-out to use

    Here is the diagram for the parallel breakout board (pins 10 through 13 are used for input):

    The circuit is from the GND to the input

    Here is the diagram for the Mach3 USB board (pins I1 through I4 are used for input):
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/Electric%20Wiring%20Diagram.pdf
    The circuit is from the V- to the input pin

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    Limit, E-stop and home switches: To set up the maximum number of switches set up I would need 2 BOB's, correct? How is this implimented and wired?

  • Should I wire the e-stop button to an input terminal or the mains voltage

    I would recommend wiring the E-Stop to an input terminal via an NC connection. This is the industry standard. It requires a NC (Normally connected) circuit for the machine to be operational, and when the circuit breaks, the machine shuts off. This is better than having a circuit NO (normally open), open circuit that requires a circuit to be created to have the machine shut off for safety.

    Having en E-Stop run through the mains line would only work for a single circuit (or use multiple E-stops, which defeats the purpose). The E-stop connected to the input terminal would shut off all machine functions.

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    100% agree. When we have our automatic fire suppression systems wired in, we always do them NC (Normally Connected/Normally Closed). You can see more at www.reactonfire.com/what-we-protect/cnc-fire-suppression/ If you're doing a fire system (ours or others) be sure to shut down the machine and mist collectors)

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    100% agree. When we have our automatic fire suppression systems wired in, we always do them NC (Normally Connected/Normally Closed). You can see more at www.reactonfire.com/what-we-protect/cnc-fire-suppression/ If you're doing a fire system (ours or others) be sure to shut down the machine and mist collectors)

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    Should I wire the e-stop button to an input terminal or the mains voltage

  • Why does the program freeze up in random places? Is there a way to continue where you left off or must I always start over?

    To which program are you referring?

    Customer Response:
    I am using your Planet CNC software with a MK1USB controller importing a Vectric DXF file. Once I hit "Start" the machine operates fine until it randomly stops, the control functions gray out and I lose all control. Unplugging the USB and replugging it boots everything back up, but does not allow me to continue where it left off and makes me start the piece over.


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    Are you using a Laptop, or a desktop with the controller? Did you purchase the controller from us, or planet-cnc?

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    Why does the program freeze up in random places? Is there a way to continue where you left off or must I always start over?

  • where on your mk1 usb controller is the input port i can use for pause or estop comand thanks

    On our USB breakout boards, the pins available for any inputs (e-stop/limit switches).
    Are x++ - a-- (x++,x--,y,z,a(same)) in the settings menu you will have to specify the pin!

    Here is a good forum on Planet-CNC.com to help setting up Planet-CNC software:(http://www.planet-cnc.com/faq/machine_setup/)

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    In the planetcnc software the inputs are greyed out I have a licenced copy and I have all limits setup and working correctly id like to use the a++ or a-- as a manual program pause if my plasma fails torch ignition and id like it to continue after re ignition. When the mk1 controller is unplugged the inputs are available but when the controller is plugged in there greyed out is these options unavailable with your controller please help.

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    where on your mk1 usb controller is the input port i can use for pause or estop comand thanks

  • Do you have data sheets available for the Adjustable Rotary Limit Switch and E-Stop (Emergency Stop) Button - 120v-10A/240v-6A?

    If the products have documents available, they are generally found on the product page itself, somewhere in the description or under the instructions.

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    Do you have data sheets available for the Adjustable Rotary Limit Switch and E-Stop (Emergency Stop) Button - 120v-10A/240v-6A?

  • Where are the limit switch connections made when the switches are in series, and NC??

    One end of the limit switch circuit will be connected to the pin and NC, and the other end will be connected to COM and GND.

    For example: (the "-" is wire.)

    [Breakout board input pin] ---- ([NC on switch] [com on switch]) ---- [NC on switch] [com on switch] ---- [back to GND on the breakout board]

    An explanation of the limit switch connections is located on the brakout board datasheet: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-parallel-breakout-relay (instruction step # 1.

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    Where are the limit switch connections made when the switches are in series, and NC??

  • I need to replace the on board computer of my laser engraving machine

    What model laser cutter and engraver do you have? What is the model number of the laser controller within the laser cutter and engraver?

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    I need to replace the on board computer of my laser engraving machine

  • The blue insert on my laser cutter nozzle broke during install. Is there anywhere I can find a replacement.

    Yes, we will provide one on the website (4/10/2014).

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    The blue insert on my laser cutter nozzle broke during install. Is there anywhere I can find a replacement.

  • What is the replacement Z axis motor for a SM60HT86-2008BF-U2?

    This is a NEMA 24 motor. It could be dual shaft or single shaft, so be sure to choose correctly. Holding torque is generally measured in Nm globally, and translated to ounces/inch in the United States. Our NEMA 24 motors are rated at 425 oz/in holding torque.

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    What is the replacement Z axis motor for a SM60HT86-2008BF-U2?

  • How should I wire the E-stop button? NC or NO?

    I would recommend wiring the E-Stop to an input terminal via an NC connection. This is the industry standard. It requires a NC (Normally connected) circuit for the machine to be operational, and when the circuit breaks, the machine shuts off. This is better than having a circuit NO (normally open), open circuit that requires a circuit to be created to have the machine shut off for safety.

    Having en E-Stop run through the mains line would only work for a single circuit (or use multiple E-stops, which defeats the purpose). The E-stop connected to the input terminal would shut off all machine functions.

    Additional Information:
    100% agree. When we have our automatic fire suppression systems wired in, we always do them NC (Normally Connected/Normally Closed). You can see more at www.reactonfire.com/what-we-protect/cnc-fire-suppression/ If you're doing a fire system (ours or others) be sure to shut down the machine and mist collectors)

    Additional Information:
    100% agree. When we have our automatic fire suppression systems wired in, we always do them NC (Normally Connected/Normally Closed). You can see more at www.reactonfire.com/what-we-protect/cnc-fire-suppression/ If you're doing a fire system (ours or others) be sure to shut down the machine and mist collectors)

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    How should I wire the E-stop button? NC or NO?

  • AM STRUGGLING TO DOWNLOAD THE LINUX EMC2 FREEWARE. MY GET INTERRUPTED AT LAST MINUTE. IS THERE ANOTHER WAY OR PLACE WHERE COULD MAYBE TRY IT FROM?

    You should use the linuxcnc.org site and click on the download menu item. They have an EU mirror as the main download option.

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    AM STRUGGLING TO DOWNLOAD THE LINUX EMC2 FREEWARE. MY GET INTERRUPTED AT LAST MINUTE. IS THERE ANOTHER WAY OR PLACE WHERE COULD MAYBE TRY IT FROM?

  • How should I connect the E-stop to the machine?

    I would recommend wiring the E-Stop to an input terminal via an NC connection. This is the industry standard. It requires a NC (Normally connected) circuit for the machine to be operational, and when the circuit breaks, the machine shuts off. This is better than having a circuit NO (normally open), open circuit that requires a circuit to be created to have the machine shut off for safety.

    Having en E-Stop run through the mains line would only work for a single circuit (or use multiple E-stops, which defeats the purpose). The E-stop connected to the input terminal would shut off all machine functions.

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    How should I connect the E-stop to the machine?

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