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SmoothStepper USB / Re: ESS and poor motor response
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:09:20 PM »
Here's what I have and what I've done:

I built the OX CNC from Openbuilds.com

Electronics kit fromcrcrouterparts.com:
48V 7.3A switching power supply
Gecko G540 4 axis stepper motor driver
3 High-torque Nema 23 380 oz-in stepper motors,
3 High-performance flexible motor cables: (1) 6'and (2) 12' cables
Bought 1 extra cable and a NEMA 17 stepper for the Z axis

I'm thinking the problem is with a setting somewhere but I thought that by downloading the XML and v10da files, this makes the necessary settings for Mach3 to work properly. (Apparently Not)

Now keep in mind I'm not a CNC router or computer Guru. I'm just a woodworker who likes to make things. All these ESS settings are driving me crazy!

This system ran well and I did a few projects on my Win XP desktop. The system was so slow it drove me crazy. Every time I clicked on something it would take forever to execute it. I cleaned off the C drive and re-loaded everything. Still slow.So I switch to a Dell laptop and the Ess.

I downloaded and installed the proper XML file from crcrouterparts.com (verified) and the Ess-v10da2 file from Warp9. I set the IP address (10-9-9-1) and subnet mask (255-255-255-0)  I set the Windows firewall according to directions. I open the Mach3 loader and choose the xml file. When prompted, I choose the v10a2.  I now have the X axis moving on it's own as soon as Mach opens until I hit the arrow key (it stops) The motors now move faster and smoother except for the first second or two on the Y axis. It still has a grinding as it starts and stops but runs better back and forth than it did before. The z azis seems to run fine. My DRO for X,Y & A are red and will not go to green. I can however  move the motors with the arrow keys. In Mach3/plugins/homing dialog everything is set to 0. I'd attach a screenshot but I don't know how. :-[  What else do you need to know? I'm beginning to wonder if I wasted $200.

SmoothStepper USB / Re: ESS and poor motor response
« on: May 30, 2015, 08:12:07 PM »
I have a 48V power supply. Mine is a 7.3 A. I understand I need a 12.5 A. to run 4 steppers. My system worked just fine (other than being extremely slow) until I switched from a Win XP desktop to a Win 7 laptop and added the Ethernet SmoothStepper. Now all of a sudden the NEMA 23 steppers are running hot,slow and rough. The Z axis, a NEMA 17, runs just fine.So can anyone explain why things changed by adding the ESS?

SmoothStepper USB / ESS and poor motor response
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:59:51 PM »
 I found the ESS install & configuration instructions for my steppers on  the cncrouterparts.com website and followed it step by step. I  have motor motion, however, the Y axis (with the slaved A motor) and the X axis run hot, slow and rough.  The Z axis runs smooth and quiet. Can anyone help to smooth out these motors? Is my Dell laptop causing the problem in any way? Did I get a bad ESS board? If I connect to my turtle-slow Win XP desktop, the steppers run fine. Thank you.

Share Your GCode / Computer Mouse G Code
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:15:20 AM »
Does anyone have G Code for a wooden computer mouse project that they would be willing to share or sell?

General Mach Discussion / Re: post processors difference?
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:37:45 AM »
Mach 2/3 ATC Arcs, is for when your machine utilizes an Automatic Tool Changer. (ATC)

If the job uses multiple tools, if you all the g-code for all tools in one file, you must use the ATC post. Even if you change tools manually.
The Mach2/3 Arcs post only allows one tool per file.
Thank you for your input.  :)

General Mach Discussion / Re: post processors difference?
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:34:49 AM »
Mach 2/3 Arcs, is what you would use for normal cutting jobs.
Mach 2/3 ATC Arcs, is for when your machine utilizes an Automatic Tool Changer. (ATC)
Mach 2/3 wrapx2a, is for rotary work where you are wrapping the X axis around your A axis.
This is dependant on how your rotary axis is set up. You may need to use Mach 2/3 wrapy2a instead.
Thank you. Now I am just a little bit smarter. :)

General Mach Discussion / post processors difference?
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:25:25 AM »
RE: Post processors: whats the difference between Mach 2/3 ATC Arcs, Mach 2/3 Arcs and Mach 2/3 wrapx2a ?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 install question
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:50:15 PM »
Thank you very much. That was the problem.

General Mach Discussion / Mach3 install question
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:54:11 AM »
Downloaded Mach3 demo some time ago to try it out. Got my (licensed) Mach3 disc yesterday and installed. When I open up the program, at the top of the screen it still says "Mach3 Demo". I thought the licensed version would override the demo version. Can anybody explain why it didn't.

General Mach Discussion / Slaving steppers
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:21:11 AM »
Could anyone here explain to me (a CNC router beginner) how to slave 2 steppers on the same axis ("Y") running one stepper reversed? (Thus both moving the gantry in the same direction.) I have 3 Geckodrive NEMA 23 steppers with a G540 control board.

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