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my first retrofit with mach3, please help
« on: May 11, 2006, 05:36:59 PM »
New to the forum and retrofitting.
I have Dyna 2800 with control I can’t handle; downloaded demo version of Mach 3 and it looks much friendlier than Dyna original.

Watched few times videos and read as much as I could, but don’t know what is my next step.

I have a wiring diagram for the machine, and for example on X driver board there are contacts DIR and STEP. Do I just connect them to corresponding pins on printer port of the PC or I need to install something in between?
Re: my first retrofit with mach3, please help
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006, 09:25:15 PM »
I did that in the past but the best way to go is to put gecko drives in the mill...
Fixing problems one post at a time ;)

www.newfangledsolutions.com
www.machsupport.com
Re: my first retrofit with mach3, please help
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2006, 01:13:48 PM »
Thank you,
Do gecko drives completely substitute Dyna built in driver boards or they are inserted in between? Which gecko model can you recommend and where can I buy those in the UK?
Re: my first retrofit with mach3, please help
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2006, 02:27:09 PM »
Just spoke to very helpfull technical support at gecko drives and got answers I needed.

Another qestion is about MACH3. When the milling machine homed, steppers are cut off by limit switches, what cuts steppers off when they reach opposite to limit swithches direction?
Re: my first retrofit with mach3, please help
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2006, 04:52:27 PM »
use the limit switches to home the mill and the softlimits will do the rest :)
Fixing problems one post at a time ;)

www.newfangledsolutions.com
www.machsupport.com