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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 ESS and Endurance 10W Laser
« on: March 06, 2020, 02:52:20 AM »
if you bought two MB02's, or equivalently two C10's, with port 1 bidirectional pins set as outputs and port 2
bidirectional pins as inputs you would have a total of:

12 (port 1) + 4 (port 2)= 16 outputs
4 (port 1) + 13 (port 2)=17 inputs

With 16 outputs, counting two for each axis, 5 axes for 10 outputs, plus two/three for a spindle or laser, still leaves
you with at least three outputs to spare.

If you had one input per limit switch and one input per home switch you can have all nine switches on their own input
without having to combine them onto fewer pins.

This is the advantage of an ESS.....plenty of IO....so use it!

In Mach4 you can have up to six axes, each one with up to four slaves.

The scheme you have proposed makes sense for Mach3 (X,Y,Z,A and B as a slave) but in Mach 4 you would have
X,Y plus slave,Z and A axes. In addition you can have up to six out-of-band axes which can be jogged or moved independently
of the coordinated axes and of each other. Mach4 offers a great deal more flexibility when it comes to axis arrangements
and assignments.

Hi Craig,  I looked at this board but see it uses a parallel cable.  Question: can i use the ESS on it so that i have Ethernet connection?  If so, i would be happy to go that way but also, i would need some help as i am not sure how to set up two BoBs together using 1 ESS.  Or would I just need the 1 BoB and use with the ESS.   No fully clear on this.

As for Mach4, i cant use it as i have purchased an Auto Tool Changer Screenset which works perfectly for my router tools and I cant use this on Mach4 so Mach3 it is for some time. 

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 ESS and Endurance 10W Laser
« on: March 06, 2020, 02:47:19 AM »
for cryin' out loud mate......you're in Aussie.....so buy Aussie made.....Peter Homann is a good bugger.

Ha Ha,  very true but I had no idea they were made in Australia.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 ESS and Endurance 10W Laser
« on: March 05, 2020, 11:37:39 PM »
Hi Craig, Thanks for the detailed info.  I am in Australia (Tweed Heads area) and have purchased a smoothstepper from Homann Designs previously.  I'll have a look at the boards you mention and see if i can utilise them into my system.  Playing around with it today, my C62 board has now gone permanent Estop error.  Not sure what has happened but not the first C62 board that has stopped working.  I have asked Arturo (CNC4PC) if he has another board that would be more suited to both CNC router and Laser and just waiting on his reply.  In the meantime, Ill check out he boards you mention.  i need at least 5 axis as i have X,Y,Z,A and Slave B.
Thanks again

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 ESS and Endurance 10W Laser
« on: March 05, 2020, 06:40:02 PM »
Update, so i cant use Port 2 Pin 17 either as the Charge Pump uses these.  Now I am really stuck

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 ESS and Endurance 10W Laser
« on: March 05, 2020, 05:16:55 PM »
Hi Craig,
Thanks for the reply and suggestion. 
Unfortunately I am not an electronics engineer so do not understand where the wire needs to be soldered.
I received another message on the Endurance Laser forum and was told by another user that they use Port 2 Pin 17 to use the PWM control.  I will try this today.
I contacted Arturo at CNC4PC and he has suggested i use the 6th Axis RJ45 terminal, but i cannot get the terminal to function.  No LED lights for some reason.  Maybe a Jumper setting on the C62 but i cant work it out.  Any ideas?

General Mach Discussion / Mach3 ESS and Endurance 10W Laser
« on: March 05, 2020, 01:37:08 AM »
Hi Guys,

My first post and hope someone can help.

I am attempting to connect my 10W laser to Mach3 and a Smoothstepper using the Endurance online instructions, however, i have a problem.

As the Smoothstepper connects directly (no parallel connection cable) onto my C62 BOB , there is no Port 1 Pin 17 (or any other pin) accessible as the Smoothstepper is connected to all Port 1 and Port 2 pins.

Does anyone know if there is a TTL / PWM connection on the Smoothstepper Port 3?

I can’t find any information on this? All information online keeps stating to connect the laser to Port 1 Pin 17 (or 14) but this is impossible for me. Any ideas how i can do it as your help will be much appreciated


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Problem with spindle RPM DRO
« on: November 02, 2019, 01:01:59 AM »
Hi,  i am having a similar problem in that i cannot get the Mach3 RPM dro to show any RPM at all.  The invertor shows the RPM, just not the Mach3 Dro.

Using HY inverter, C62 BOB and Smoothstepper and a 2.2Kw ATC 24,000rpm Spindle.

Have  looked for a Pulse output on all these devices (obviously not the spindle) so that i can connect to the BOB Index pin, but have had no luck finding such output.

When i do start the spindle, the Mach3 RPM Dro briefly shows some numbers and then rapidly counts down to 0.  Not sure if this is just reading some interference or not.

Any idea on how to get this to work.  This is driving me nuts.  I have looked for days and days on the web but nothing I find works.

Dean. (my first post)

hi all and thanks for the reply.  I just found out what the problem was.  My antivirus software (Bitdefender) was preventing Mach4GUI.exe from running.  As soon as I gave this file access, all is good now.

Thanks again

Hi, I have installed Mach4 on Windows 10 (as a trial) with the thought of purchasing, but it wont start.  I get Mach4Router profile up and then nothing when I double click the icon.  I have rebooted, re-installed, used compatibility mode Windows 7 and 8, but it just wont start.  Obviously I will not be purchasing if I cant even get the trial to work.  Any suggestions?  Thanks

General Mach Discussion / Re: Xbox 360 Controller Micro Jog
« on: October 12, 2016, 01:19:21 AM »
no, thank you for sending it.  i haven't got to look at it properly yet but hope to in the next few days.  Work is priority (so i am told). ;D

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