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SmoothStepper USB / Re: What breakout board to use with Smoothstepper?
« on: December 15, 2010, 05:51:35 AM »
is the PMDX-126 a better board then the C23 - Dual Port Multifunction CNC Board
from CNC4PC and if yes then why?
Thanks Rusty

General Mach Discussion / 4th Axis Help
« on: December 09, 2010, 05:55:46 AM »
I read in a post that 4th rotary axis must be assigned A-axis
I’m using duel ball screws and my A is slaved to my X.
 do I need to change the A to B or can I assign the 4th axis B
Thanks Rusty

Thank you so much
I read many of your posts and you have a vast knowledge base
Thank you once again for sharing your expertness with so many of us,

General Mach Discussion / Stepper and servo controlled by same controller?
« on: November 29, 2010, 12:09:21 PM »
Stepper and servo controlled by same controller?

My machine is servo driven X, Y, and Z with A slaved to X (Duel ball screws )
I want to add a 5 th rotary axes can I use a stepper motor or must I use servo motor

General Mach Discussion / Help wih Mach 3 Download
« on: September 11, 2009, 09:16:23 PM »
I do not want to expose my machine control computer to the internet, can I download Mach3 to a flash drive and then install on my machine computer
Thanks Rusty 

Thank you I have read many of your post and I’m really impressed with your vast knowledge of Mach-3 and The CNC processes. As I finish my machine over the next month him sure I will have some issues
Thanks again

I’m using C23 - Dual Port Multifunction CNC Board  and smooth stepper board from CNC4pc 
I’ve been watching the video tutorials on setting up Mach-3              I understand how to identify parallel ports, but I’m not using parallel ports I’m using usb  so my question is how do I assign the proper usb address and dos the computer have to be hooked up to the machine or smooth stepper board to accomplish this task
I would prefer to set up and test I/O and machine functions before I hook up to my machine
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks Rusty 

Thanks that is the Info I'm looking for.
I will be posting Pics of my machine in the future
could you send a link and a picture of pendant
I also have access to precision sheet metal shop
my best Friend runs one this is a shop to die for 90,000 sq feet
i can get him to design a case for pendant
Where are you located
Thanks Rusty

Hope this day finds you all well,I have been reading posts for sometime and just want to say thanks for Sharing your knowledge, experiences and expertise
Now here’s the situation I am building a CNC Router, work envelope of 62” x 98” with ball-screws and linier slides on all axes dual ball-screws on the x with a slave motor
 I’m also using servo motors and gecko drives
The machine is about 75% complete
And I’m working on the controller
I have heat sinks for all the drives, my power supply, my control box, fans for cooling, sensors for over travel and homing,
Touch screen, 7.5HP Colombo spindle and VFD, vacuum pump
But I have not purchased breakout board
Because I do not know what board or combination of boards I need
I have read so much material that I just don’t know how to make a decision on what I need
So I’m asking for help
I will tell what I want to control from my touch screen
1.   Vacuum hold down
2.   Spindle off and on
3.   Spindle speed VFD voltage 0 to 10 (do not want to use a pot)
4.   Home machine From Touch screen and home individual axes at my discretion 
5.    Also turn off and on dust collection
6.   E-stop reset
7.   Tool height touch off plate
8.   Pop up Material Locating pins I have built into my table I don’t think machine should move while locating pins are in the up position (all axes disabled when locating pins are activated) 
9.   I also have a pendant
I have looked at all kinds of boards just don’t know what to buy to get me where I want to go using Mach3
10.   I will be adding a forth Rotary axes (technically 5th axes)

Any help would be appreciated   
 Marvin (Rusty) Bowling




General Mach Discussion / Re: V Carve Pro
« on: May 27, 2009, 08:58:54 AM »
I’m just now purchasing the program I have been going through the tutorials
The software is very affordable
If there were issues I would consider something different
Have you done any 3-d work with v-carve
Thanks Rusty

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