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Re: Noob here
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2018, 08:45:00 PM »
Plenty of people buy those machines and have good luck with them. And plenty more have bad luck. They tend to be decent mechanically, but the electronics are 50/50 at best.
Any similar machine from China will have the same issues.. There's a reason that they cost a LOT less than anything else... You get what you pay for.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2018, 04:46:05 AM »
Well, in defense of 'some' of them i must say that the Snapmaker(China machine) is one of the best i seen yet, i can carve/mill, change to laser cut or carve in 2 min, form there to 3D print, 1-2 calibration and it just run nice prints off the table.
So if they make a bigger CNC type ill go for it...
Re: Noob here
« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2018, 05:44:24 AM »
Hi,
I agree with Gerry, almost all the Chinese machines are pretty good mechanically, its just the electronics and pirate software that
lets them down.

You need to be aware of that potential shortcoming. It's not the end of the world, substitute a decent controller and stepper drives and you are well
on your way to a good machine. Wiring up  a controller and drives is not that hard.....and CNC is a learning hobby.

Craig
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Re: Noob here
« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2018, 06:39:27 AM »
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Well, in defense of 'some' of them i must say that the Snapmaker(China machine) is one of the best i seen yet,

Looking at their website and Kickstarter page, I would say that you are comparing apples and oranges.

That Snapmaker appears to be lightyears ahead of the cheap mass produced chinese machines like the one in this thread.
Gerry

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Re: Noob here
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2018, 07:58:19 AM »
I cant speak about that have no education in that area, but it is pretty good, yes.

Here is a little ting i saw on Youtube and think i must do that to, and it did it very fine, but not perfect since the gcode generate isent made for Snapmaker.
So hold tool change, pause aso do not work..

Rough cut only, since i gonna figure out to do path in 2 rounds or change gcode manually :-)

Re: Noob here
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2018, 09:57:38 AM »
Still thinking,, just getting a labtop with parallel port and old windows isen't easy :-)

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Re: Noob here
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2018, 10:03:22 AM »
First, It's always been recommended to NOT use Mach3 with a parallel port on a laptop. In most cases, it doesn't work well.

Imo, it doesn't make a lot of sense these days to try to run Mach3 on a parallel port. (You could argue that it doesn't make much sense to even be using Mach3 these days)

Spend the $125 for a UC100 and you can use any computer you want, with any OS you want.
Gerry

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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2018, 10:07:10 AM »
Looking into to that to, but they state Windows XP only..

1.) Product manual

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2.) UCx00 automatic installer application for Mach3 and Mach4

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3.) Plugin for Mach3 manual installation




 

4.) Plugin for Mach4 manual installation

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5.) USB drivers for manual installation

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6.) Software prerequirements (install on Win XP only!)





BUT in the online manual, it states all windows ?,,, thx i might buy that :-)
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Re: Noob here
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2018, 10:21:20 AM »
I will look at it, it seams to be the way to go, if so i buy it and the CNC... Many thx..

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Re: Noob here
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2018, 11:41:34 AM »
No, there are files that you need to install only if you are using XP. That's what the link is for. It works fine on any newer versions of Windows, both 32 bit and 64 bit.


A bigger problem is that recent Windows updates are preventing Mach3 from running, which is why even using Mach3 is a questionable choice.
Gerry

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JointCAM Dovetail and Box Joint software
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