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Brand new to CNC, mach3...well everything.
« on: December 02, 2010, 07:41:21 PM »
Ok so I am brand new to all of this and need help with getting running. First let me give an overview of what I'm running, or trying.

Fireball V90
Breakout: PBX-RF
3 axis ProboStep Motor/Driver
40VDC Linear

Computer: Laptop dual core windows 7 64bit and desktop with XP pro 32bit

I bought a smoothstepper and will be using registered copy of sheetcam and mach3

So my questions are what do I do to start this machine up, and how do I setup mach for this? I literally have no idea where to start. As far as my background, I have never ran or seen a cnc in person, just what I've researched online, and I'm still lost. I do have the V90 assembled as of about an hour ago. I got the ready to run box with it so all the drivers and power supply is already setup.

I appreciate any help and hope I'm not too new and too much trouble. Feel like I have gotten a little over my head. Oh and I'm getting into this to start a small business and I will hopefully be cutting carbon fiber laminate. Thanks so much!

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Re: Brand new to CNC, mach3...well everything.
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2010, 08:04:23 PM »
Watch the first 5 videos here.
http://www.machsupport.com/videos/
Gerry

2010 Screenset
http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

JointCAM Dovetail and Box Joint software
http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

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Re: Brand new to CNC, mach3...well everything.
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 08:56:07 PM »
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cutting carbon fiber laminate

HMM, then you better start reviewing safety and electrical / electronic implications associated with carbon fiber particulates.

RICH
Re: Brand new to CNC, mach3...well everything.
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2010, 09:27:39 PM »
Safety first! The first things I will be practicing on once up and running will be ventilation pieces and other safety related parts from wood and plastics. I just need to be able to cut some air first. I did manage to get the V90 moving a little but it seems to be moving in much larger movements then the piece is scaled that I made in Illustrator and coded in gcode. The piece is less then 2"x2" and it's moving like it's about a foot wide.

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Re: Brand new to CNC, mach3...well everything.
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010, 06:34:09 AM »
Enjoy the cnc learning experience, no real shortcuts to the learning.
RICH
Re: Brand new to CNC, mach3...well everything.
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2010, 05:36:01 PM »
Thanks so much! Thanks to the video tutorials I managed to receive and assemble my cnc and draw a piece with it in 10 hours with no previous experience what so ever. Could'nt have done it without you guys!