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General Mach Discussion / Re: mach3
« on: December 28, 2017, 04:56:00 PM »
You can buy cables with either end.
But not from the vender of the UC400ETH, if you  buy from them you need the gender changer.  Otherwise by the time you add the shipping charge $5? to $7.50 cost of the other....

General Mach Discussion / Re: mach3
« on: December 28, 2017, 02:41:44 PM »
$110 VS $149, so call it $40.
If you buy the right cable, you don't need the gender changer. And with a modern PC, you don't need a crossover cable. I didn't need one with my UC300ETH.

I thought the UC100 was a little more than $110.

But like I said, figure $200 by the time you add a breakout board, and other misc. stuff.

  All parallel PC  ports are female (maybe Mac is different,)   so you will need the gender changer. Serial are Male.  I was building computers in the early 80's for my own use.

General Mach Discussion / Re: mach3
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:37:35 AM »
A UC100 and a C10S breakout board?

But I'd recommend a UC400ETH, for $25 more.

It's going to cost close to $200, unless you use the parallel port.

  Its a Lot more than $25 difference. The UC100 is $110, the UC400 is $150 plus additional money for the required circuit board to parallel port cable and a gender changer adds another $10 to the cost, they also recommend a cross over direct connect CAT5 cable and that adds another $5.  Just went through all this, and still waiting on the screw terminal connector that was not in the box.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Hello from Another Newbie
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:25:42 AM »
Nice machine are you using VCarve Pro or what for design?

You need to reduce the size of that picture, 4000 x 3000 down to 800x600 or smaller.... as it is now just 1/4 fills my screen and can not scroll!!

General Mach Discussion / Re: mach3
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:37:08 AM »
No, that board does not work with Mach3.

   So what does it work with?  Why the software, which I am Not going to download.

General Mach Discussion / Re: mach3
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:18:07 AM »
So if this is the board he has?   Link> https://www.banggood.com/4-Axis-USB-CNC-Controller-Interface-Board-CNCUSB-MK1-USBCNC-2_1-Substitute-MACH3-p-1093439.html

I am not sure if Mach3 will work with a straight USB connection without a Driver software of some type.

   To the OP, I am 75, I also have some health issues and somewhat limited funds.  I do research and ask questions BEFORE I buy. Saves a lot of money and time.


Software download link removed.

The Banggood supplied board is a knock-off copy of a USBCNC controller board.
The Banggood supplied software provides the associated Pirate license for that board to operate with the USBCNC software.


General Mach Discussion / Re: mach3
« on: December 26, 2017, 08:03:57 AM »

Looking at their website, it doesn't appear that they sell a Mach3 compatible board.
  I did the same,  could not find one?   Perhaps the OP needs to post the part number and name of the one he has.  Not everyone has the skill set to build a CNC.

General Mach Discussion / Re: UC400ETH
« on: December 26, 2017, 08:00:55 AM »
Its a mute point anyway as I will not be changing the configuration. As I have tried to point out this is not my first rodeo I have owned other CNC machines over the past 15 years.   This is my first Mach3 one however that is why I am here. Thanks.

General Mach Discussion / Re: UC400ETH
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:20:44 PM »
So from what I understand Mach3 knows when you Home All the switch is now a Home and instead of stopping and faulting it just reverses.  So when the Home sequence is started the Z if first, then Y and then X. I do not see an issue. If your Homing the machine your sitting or standing right by the machine if it screws up the its E Stop time.  When the Homing is complete then it goes back to the limit mode.  My other commercially built router did exactly the same thing it was not a Mach control system.

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