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Hello donna:

The original Mach3 manual, written for the most part by Art Fennerty, the man who wrote Mach2/3 is available on the NewFangled site.

Here is the link:


This document covers every step of learning a CNC machine, in great detail. This document has been available for at least 10 years. There are other books dealing with CNC that go into detail regarding the developement of CNC programming and G-code. Look on Amazon for books authored by "Smids". His books are considered the best available for the inner workings of and explanation of G-code, and programming.

The NewFangled website has many other documents available. There are also many videos, many made by Art Fennerty.

Learning to make parts on a CNC machine is a lengthy process, with many levels of machine tools; simple stepping motors machines to high-speed AC Servo driven machines.
Building a small CNC stepper motor driven mill or engraving machine is not too difficult, but requires some basic knowledge of electrical wiring, soldering, and mechanical assembly. There are many, many YouTube videos made by people like yourself, who self-taught themselves, and built a CNC machine.

This whole process does require a lot of time, and patience.

The Mach3 forum site also has a section for FAQ, answering many basic questions.


General Mach Discussion / Re: haas VF1 to Mach mill
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:36:02 PM »
why not ask the company?  Surely they have a wiring diagram on file for a 25 year old amp.

This one works.


Here is the correct link to the board I was talking about.


If the board has wires connecting to drivers, separate from the main board, it is not the board I was talking about.  The boards referred to as "6560 4-axis board" however is the type I am discussing. The points I made about the 6560 driver still apply. The Toshiba 6560 driver I.C. is not used anymore on new drivers. It has been replaced  by the Toshiba 6600 driver I.C. in small single axis drivers, and the 4-axis boards as well.
There are a very large number of board variations from China, and some of the later ones are very good.
Hope I did not add confusion to the issue; just trying to add some background.


The board in question is a single board, 4-axis, with fixed output connections. The step and dir signals to x,y,z,a axis are wired internally, and cannot be changed. The 6560 driver has been superseded by the TB6600 driver. The 6560 had problems, and is now obsolete. The best option, in my opinion, is try to return the board to the seller, and replace with the 6600 version, with the later voltage regulators. The later board has better voltage regulators for the 5v, and 10v output signals, which do not overheat. This board design has undergone about 3 or 4 redesigns, and the latest version has a heat sink for the drivers which covers the entire base, has eliminated the fan, and is a USB input from the computer. It is perhaps the most compact 4-axis board system made for a small to mid motor system. Sorry to sound negative about the 6560, but it is not worth your time to try to fix an old, problematic design, that has evolved with better hardware components.

General Mach Discussion / Re: 4th Axis
« on: July 16, 2015, 10:04:34 PM »

The person to search out is member "simpson36".

He produces a 4th axis that indexes for regular machining,  and also spins at high speed for turning. He also has vids of the operation on youtube.

It is not a trivial problem by any means.


Does anybody in "management" actually read anything people suggest here?

It seems not.


General Mach Discussion / Re: advert blocks on Mach3 site
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:44:57 AM »
I have them here, in a vertical stack, center of page. Current time 11:45 PM, pacific time, Thursday.

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