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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Out-Of-Band Axes in Hobby vs Indusrial
« on: March 27, 2022, 01:50:36 PM »

I wanted to have:

1) lots of inputs and outputs (Maximum around 64000), and not being limited by the ones provided by the hardware motion controllers with BoB included. Kingstar is a more economic option to the EtherCAT motion controller from Vital systems. With Kingstar you can have thousands of I/Os, and the number of motors is limited by Mach4 capabilities as long as you buy the modules and drivers. In Vital systems you have to pay for 4, 5, 6 or 8 axes and are very limited to I/Os.

2) more Freedom to switch to other platforms in case it is needed. Most step/dir motion controllers are attached to a specific software/hardware. In this case, I can use the same hardware with different EtherCAT master controllers (e.g. Beckhoff, Wago, etc). I did not explore more options because right now I am happy with Mach4 EtherCAT, but I understand it is doable.

3) Less wiring: Daisy chain made it so easy to wire or add new devices.

For the OB axis, I want to do a rotary auto tool changer like the one in the video below. But no Idea how to home or jog the motor to the right position with macros.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Out-Of-Band Axes in Hobby vs Indusrial
« on: March 27, 2022, 08:20:49 AM »
which hardware did you you use for the ethercat?
and why you choose  ethercat?

Motion controller: kingstar. It requires a computer with intel cores 8th to 10th gen and intel NIC. Then, the NIC only works for EtherCat communication and you connect as many ethercat slaves as you want (of course knowing Mach4 capabilities in this case)

Ethercat stepper drivers (unfortunately these ones are expensive) and matched motors

And for I/O you could use any ethercat PLC o etherCAT coupler with the modules you need. Most common are beckhoff and wago

Hope these gives enough information, but if not feel free to ask.

I am still waiting to know how to control OB axes :)


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Out-Of-Band Axes in Hobby vs Indusrial
« on: March 26, 2022, 02:02:39 AM »
Hi everybody

I am using Mach4 EtherCAT as my motion controller and I would like to try out-of-band axes for an auto tool changer, or to move a something up/down.

I have read that I need to use macros with API, but I am completely new to those.

Any tip of where should I start and also more advanced sources to program macros for OB axes in Mach4?

Best regards


Finished Plugins for Download / Re: 3d Video Probe
« on: March 24, 2022, 05:00:20 PM »
Is there any more said over this subject hr in mach4 forum?

Not the best guide, but the closest I have found

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How to set up analog outputs in Mach4?
« on: February 09, 2022, 03:38:15 AM »
I didn't ask because i think you mistake with wiring,i asked because i have exactly same question months ago ,and after all i got answer that even its seem its simple option its not like this,its depends on the hardware plugin ,for example in pokeis you can only control analog output only by spindle comand ....

A ticket has been raised to see what can be done. I mean, if there is the option, we should be able to use it!

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How to set up analog outputs in Mach4?
« on: February 09, 2022, 02:47:02 AM »
which hardware do you use?

Hi I am using Wago I/O EtherCAT modules with an EtherCAT motion Controller (Kingstar) with the respective Mach4 plugin.

I have tested the equipment and it works perfectly so it is not a matter of wiring, etc.

The plugin has the setup already and Mach4 recognizes the outputs in the control configuration window.

What I need is a method to control the analog outputs either as a Macro, or better if it already has an Mcode or similar.

See the attachment.

Mach4 General Discussion / How to set up analog outputs in Mach4?
« on: February 07, 2022, 11:22:16 AM »
Hi everyone

The control tab in Mach4 allows using analog outputs, DIFFERENT from the analog output that controls the spindle. I have extra analog outputs 0-10V that I need to use to control other equipment.

Does anybody have experience setting them up, and then how to activate it and control it in Mach4?
Do I need to create a macro?

I am a newbie in Mach4 so any guidance is appreciated.

Best wishes


Mach4 Plugins / Re: Vista Pendant on Mach4
« on: November 09, 2021, 02:07:10 PM »

Do you have VistaCNC number? I want to see if they can deliver to the UK, but they do not reply my emails.

Thanks for your help


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