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Question Dated: 1/20/2018 4:45:16 PMi do nto have a compagnie but i ordered parts from you that are at custom what to do
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  • Do you sell 3000mm linear rail?

    The HIWIN spec linear guide rail that we sell has a maximum length of 2000mm. We can cut them at 1500mm, or you can align them end-to-end if you need 3000mm (i.e. one full 2000mm and one 1000mm).
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-rails-HIWIN-Linear-20mm-Guide-Rail

    If you are referring to our round 20mm rail, they come in 1400mm full lengths and we can cut them to length as well.
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-rails-linear-guide-rails-20mm

    Both of the product pages have a cut to order price option.

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    Do you sell 3000mm linear rail?

  • if i request for Grren bull assembled kit. i noticed it does not come with table. how about Torsion ? I am looking to buy one very soon. thnx

    We are about to unveil the greenBull v2 which comes with the table and many upgrades. This will be available at the beginning of February. I would recommend waiting for that version.

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    if i request for Grren bull assembled kit. i noticed it does not come with table. how about Torsion ? I am looking to buy one very soon. thnx

  • I placed an order for a 4th axis with tailstock on Wednesday and was just wanting to check on the shipment status. I'm needing the item early next week and need to confirm that it will arrive in time. Thank you.

    To determine the status of your order, simply log in and click on the "[My Account]" link at the top of the page. If you purchased as a guest, you will need to call the office to determine the status and get the tracking number for your order.

    The office phone number can be found by clicking "Need Help?" is located at the top right of all buildyourcnc.com web pages.

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    I placed an order for a 4th axis with tailstock on Wednesday and was just wanting to check on the shipment status. I'm needing the item early next week and need to confirm that it will arrive in time. Thank you.

  • I ordered 96 inches of the 1/2 inch 10 tpi drive screw. I need it in 3 pieces. 53 inches, 30 inches, and 13 inches. Please let me know if that can happen. Thankyou
  • what is the driver needed for 425OZ on nema 24

    The driver that the 425 oz-in motor requires is a 3.0 amp stepper motor driver found here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-stepper-driver-3!0a

    This driver has the capability of various stepper motor current draws up to 3.0 amps.

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    what is the driver needed for 425OZ on nema 24

  • how fast is the delivery and the cost of shipping

    You can determine if the country is serviceable by:
    - selecting the items you want to purchase on the website
    - go to the cart (shopping cart top left of any webpage)
    - log in, or register
    - Enter the address and click on calculate shipping.

    The webpage will return the direct rates and whether your area is serviced or not. Feel free to enter any address as long as you are able to receive the package from that address.

    The shipping times are determined by the service you select in the shopping cart. If a machine is purchased, we generally have a one week lead time unless otherwise stated in the description of the machine's product page.

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    how fast is the delivery and the cost of shipping

  • can i return itemes if they don t fit

    Yes, you have a 90 day time frame to return the product.

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    can i return itemes if they don t fit

  • will they fit on chaine #25 witch is 1/2 x1/8

    Yes, our #25 idler and drive sprockets will fit #25 roller chain.

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    will they fit on chaine #25 witch is 1/2 x1/8

  • i would like to know if the drive sprocket and the idler sprocket are # 25 cause when i get to check out it is writen # 35 and # 138 so just whant to be sure

    Yes, they are #25. What you are seeing in the cart is the our product unique identifier numbers.

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    i would like to know if the drive sprocket and the idler sprocket are # 25 cause when i get to check out it is writen # 35 and # 138 so just whant to be sure

  • I am looking at the greenLean cnc machine 4'x8' Vertically Oriented CNC. I am based in the UK. What sort of shipping costs would we be looking at?

    You can determine the cost of shipping the greenLean or any other product to your country by adding the greenLean option to the cart. In the cart, click on the calculate shipping button and the shipping costs will be presented directly from the carriers that we use. You will also see the number of packages and weights of the packages in the cart, under the items in smaller print. Make sure that your shipping address is entered in the form prior to clicking on the calculate shipping button.

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    I am looking at the greenLean cnc machine 4'x8' Vertically Oriented CNC. I am based in the UK. What sort of shipping costs would we be looking at?

  • does the planet cnc software come with the usb board on the 3: disc?

    Can you clarify what 3: disc? Thanks.

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    does the planet cnc software come with the usb board on the 3: disc?

  • I want to know when the second video on vfd (YL-600 2.2KW 220V) parameter will be available?

    We will be starting that video shortly. We want to make sure we convey the information clearly. The parameters on the VFD are extremely extensive and is difficult to explain the parameters that will make sense to the average customer. We pride ourselves on making videos that send a clear message to customers and viewers that have never seen this technology before. Making an educational video of this topic is difficult.

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    I want to know when the second video on vfd (YL-600 2.2KW 220V) parameter will be available?

  • So does it come with. A control box and router
  • Hello I was wondering if you could track your shipment? If you can’t could you give me an estimation of when it will come.

    You can track your shipment by logging into your account and clicking on the "[My Account]" link at the top of the page. You will see the items that you purchased and if shipped, will provide the tracking number so you can track the package.

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    Hello I was wondering if you could track your shipment? If you can’t could you give me an estimation of when it will come.

  • what breakout board works vcarve pro?

    Vcarve pro has post processors for many machines. There is a generic GCode post processor that can be used with just about anything. I use it with the planet-cnc MK3-9 axis just so I could connect via ethernet vs usb. works great.

    Additional Information:
    I have a older USB controller board that I purchased 3 or 4 years ago(the one that’s been discontinued) what is your recommendation to make it work with the vcarve software?

    Additional Information:
    To expand on this question: the breakout board has a minor association to the CAM program that you are using, such as, VCarve, Aspire, CamBam, Fusion360, MasterCAM, ArtCAM, etc. The CAM program simply outputs a list of instructions that a control program will use to move the machine. The control program has the direct connection to the breakout board. It is more important to find the correct control program that works with your breakout board.

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    what breakout board works vcarve pro?

  • Will the 1/2" 5 start lead screw and the 3/8" 5 start will it all work together in unison

    If the turns per inch on a lead screw is different, then the nut on the lead screw will move at a different velocity.

    Additional Information:
    Let me explain in more detail.

    Let's say you have two lead screws:

    - 1/2" 5 starts at 10 TPI = 2 turns per inch. (5 starts / 10 TPI = 1/2 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 5 Starts = 2 turns per inch.)

    - 3/8" 2 starts at 10 TPI = 5 turns per inch. (2 starts / 10 TPI = 1/5 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 2 starts = 5 turns per inch.)


    So, if two stepper motors (one connected to the 1/2" lead screw and the other connected to the 3/8" lead screw) turned 10 revolutions in 2 seconds, the 1/2" lead nut would travel 5 inches and the 3/8" lead nut would travel 2 inches at the 2 second mark.

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    Will the 1/2" 5 start lead screw and the 3/8" 5 start will it all work together in unison

  • Will the 1/2" 5 start lead screw and the 3/8" 5 start will it all work together in unison

    If the turns per inch on a lead screw is different, then the nut on the lead screw will move at a different velocity.

    Additional Information:
    Let me explain in more detail.

    Let's say you have two lead screws:

    - 1/2" 5 starts at 10 TPI = 2 turns per inch. (5 starts / 10 TPI = 1/2 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 5 Starts = 2 turns per inch.)

    - 3/8" 2 starts at 10 TPI = 5 turns per inch. (2 starts / 10 TPI = 1/5 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 2 starts = 5 turns per inch.)


    So, if two stepper motors (one connected to the 1/2" lead screw and the other connected to the 3/8" lead screw) turned 10 revolutions in 2 seconds, the 1/2" lead nut would travel 5 inches and the 3/8" lead nut would travel 2 inches at the 2 second mark.

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    Will the 1/2" 5 start lead screw and the 3/8" 5 start will it all work together in unison

  • Will the 1/2"5 start and 3/8" 5 start work in unison even though the turns per inch is different

    If the turns per inch on a lead screw is different, then the nut on the lead screw will move at a different velocity.

    Additional Information:
    Let me explain in more detail.

    Let's say you have two lead screws:

    - 1/2" 5 starts at 10 TPI = 2 turns per inch. (5 starts / 10 TPI = 1/2 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 5 Starts = 2 turns per inch.)

    - 3/8" 2 starts at 10 TPI = 5 turns per inch. (2 starts / 10 TPI = 1/5 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 2 starts = 5 turns per inch.)


    So, if two stepper motors (one connected to the 1/2" lead screw and the other connected to the 3/8" lead screw) turned 10 revolutions in 2 seconds, the 1/2" lead nut would travel 5 inches and the 3/8" lead nut would travel 2 inches at the 2 second mark.

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    Will the 1/2"5 start and 3/8" 5 start work in unison even though the turns per inch is different

  • If I buy the 1/2" 5 start lead screw and the 3/8" 5 start lead screws will it all work together

    If the turns per inch on a lead screw is different, then the nut on the lead screw will move at a different velocity.

    Additional Information:
    Let me explain in more detail.

    Let's say you have two lead screws:

    - 1/2" 5 starts at 10 TPI = 2 turns per inch. (5 starts / 10 TPI = 1/2 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 5 Starts = 2 turns per inch.)

    - 3/8" 2 starts at 10 TPI = 5 turns per inch. (2 starts / 10 TPI = 1/5 inches per turn or 10 TPI / 2 starts = 5 turns per inch.)


    So, if two stepper motors (one connected to the 1/2" lead screw and the other connected to the 3/8" lead screw) turned 10 revolutions in 2 seconds, the 1/2" lead nut would travel 5 inches and the 3/8" lead nut would travel 2 inches at the 2 second mark.

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    If I buy the 1/2" 5 start lead screw and the 3/8" 5 start lead screws will it all work together

  • Can you ship to my country?

    You can determine if the country is serviceable by:
    - selecting the items you want to purchase on the website
    - go to the cart (shopping cart top left of any webpage)
    - log in, or register
    - Enter the address and click on calculate shipping.

    The webpage will return the direct rates and whether your area is serviced or not. Feel free to enter any address as long as you are able to receive the package from that address.

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    Can you ship to my country?

  • Hey guys and Happy New Year! I was wondering how close you were to releasing part 2 of https://youtu.be/JWACS6dMMQ0 detailing connections from a purchased redleaf system to your latest VFI as well as stop button and limit switch wiring? Cheers.
  • I ordered a 1.5kW Spindle and Inverter (110 Volt) on December 18th and have heard nothing since. I notice you did charge my credit card for the purchase. Please update me with an ETA as soon as possible.

    I just looked at your account and noticed that your shipments has not been made yet. I will talk to the shipper tomorrow morning when the office opens determine what happened. My apologies for this.

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    I ordered a 1.5kW Spindle and Inverter (110 Volt) on December 18th and have heard nothing since. I notice you did charge my credit card for the purchase. Please update me with an ETA as soon as possible.

  • I need info on connecting my vfd to run via mach3. Any videos please? Thanks.

    I will be making a video on controlling the VFD via Mach3 shortly.

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    I need info on connecting my vfd to run via mach3. Any videos please? Thanks.

  • Hola, me interesa comprar un juego de Spindle y su controlador. La pregunta es ¿Si tienen envíos para México?
  • I have a water cooled spindle I only need the VFD drive. Does the VFD come with instrutction on hooking the VFD to Mach3?

    The VFD does come with a manual that details the wiring and connection specifications, terminal features and a list of the parameters. There is no information on how to connect it to Mach3. It does detail the specifications within the parameters and terminal features on the analog input that is used with Mach3 and other control programs.

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    I have a water cooled spindle I only need the VFD drive. Does the VFD come with instrutction on hooking the VFD to Mach3?

  • What metal sheets can I cut with the 80W laser? What thickness, alumium, steel? What about the 100 or 130W upgrades?

    Cutting metals with a CO2 laser is nearly impossible with just the laser by itself, no matter what the power. The wavelength that a CO2 laser outputs is not best for cutting metals.

    However, if you add oxygen as a cutting assist in the cutting process, metals can be cut, but we do not advise this as it is very dangerous.

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    What metal sheets can I cut with the 80W laser? What thickness, alumium, steel? What about the 100 or 130W upgrades?

  • What is the maximum runout on your water-cooled spindles?

    TIR specifications for the ER-20 collet used on 2.2KW Spindles is .0004 inches.

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    What is the maximum runout on your water-cooled spindles?

  • I look on your site and find nowhere to download Mach 3, Where is it?

    I just added a link to the Mach3 license page on our site:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/control-SOFTWARE-mach3

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    I look on your site and find nowhere to download Mach 3, Where is it?

  • where do I download the trial version of Mach 3

    You can download the Mach3 software at this link:
    http://www.machsupport.com/software/mach3/

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    where do I download the trial version of Mach 3

  • did you receive my order yesterday, I have not received an email and I am concerned. Norman Guerin

    Let me check

    Additional Information:
    Yes, the order is in our system for the Mach3 license and the Mach3 USB.

    Additional Information:
    I just logged in using your username and I am able to see your order details in the "[ My Account ]" link at the top of the webpage.

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    did you receive my order yesterday, I have not received an email and I am concerned. Norman Guerin

  • Could you please e-mail us the invoice for the order, shipment is currently at the customs and your invoice is needed so it can be cleared. As I can't seem to find any order number or other reference in your system, the only reference I have is the tracking number LZ676176940US and the order date is 12/26/2017. Thanks!
  • I purchased a 4ft X 8ft Blackfoot CNC machine in 2015 and to this date have not been able to use it. How can I get some help. Thank u
  • I am looking for a controller for a 3 axis dual Y stepper cnc machine. If at all possible I would like a list of the parts that will be needed. I prefer to go with an ethernet setup vs a parallel port.

    All of our controller will allow two steppers on any of the axes. Multiple stepper motors and drivers on a single axis is more a function of the way the stepper motor drives are connected to the output pins of the controller. To connect two stepper drivers to a single axis, you need to connect the output pins (dir and step) to each of the two stepper motor drivers.

    Consider the controller on cost, features and how they are connected to the computer.

    Out lowest cost controllers are:

    Mach3 USB board - Has good features and uses the USB from the computer as the main connection
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Parallel Breakout - The computer generates the main signals and this board conditions the signals for the drivers. Although it requires the parallel port from older computer, the board has the most broad compatibility with control software out there including Mach3 and LinuxCNC.
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-parallel-breakout-relay

    Highest cost but most feature rich:

    Pokey57CNC - works with both Mach3 and Mach4
    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach4-mach3-USB-ethernet-Board

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    I am looking for a controller for a 3 axis dual Y stepper cnc machine. If at all possible I would like a list of the parts that will be needed. I prefer to go with an ethernet setup vs a parallel port.

  • Hello, Patrick. There is a 22mm hole cut into the plexi display to the left of the lcd on the vlxl. Did you intend that for an indicator light or potentiometer?

    I’m not at the office to check, but that sounds like the hole for the emergency stop push button.

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    Hello, Patrick. There is a 22mm hole cut into the plexi display to the left of the lcd on the vlxl. Did you intend that for an indicator light or potentiometer?

  • Hello, I bought your 110v 2.2kw spindle and vfd. When I turn it on it reaches the full 24000 rpm, but will not let me decrease the speed. How Can I fix this?

    Are you using the control panel (front panel with the speed control knob known as he potentiometer)? Or are you attempting to use the computer to control the speed?

    Additional Information:
    I am using the control panel, however there is no knob on mine, just buttons.

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    Hello, I bought your 110v 2.2kw spindle and vfd. When I turn it on it reaches the full 24000 rpm, but will not let me decrease the speed. How Can I fix this?

  • I have a KL-4030 stepper motor driver that I only have about an hour use on it but seems to be bad already. Has anyone out there had the same problem?

    The KL-4030 is a Keling 3.0 amp stepper motor driver. These are generally pretty robust drivers. You mentioned in the question that it worked for one hour. This sounds like it could be a contact issue with the wiring in the terminals. I would recommend that you check all of the connections. The terminals that are used in these drivers have terminals that are easily used incorrectly.

    Make sure to open the terminal all the way using a small screw driver. Then insert the exposed wire into the opening and re-tighten the terminal. Make sure of a good connection by tugging on the wires.

    Also, check kthe digital wires that connect from the driver to the control board.

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    I have a KL-4030 stepper motor driver that I only have about an hour use on it but seems to be bad already. Has anyone out there had the same problem?

  • Hi, I ordered some threaded rod yesterday and I wanted to verify the cut lengths.

    if you didn’t already, send an email with the cut lengths of the lead screw. If you did, then they will make sure to confirm before sending.

    The email to send the cut lengths:
    Phdroboticsllc@gmail.com or customerservice@buildyourcnc.com

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    Hi, I ordered some threaded rod yesterday and I wanted to verify the cut lengths.

  • Hi I built a 2x4 cnc machine in 2013 using you Hardware kit and plans. I want to speed up my cnc machine by purchasing your acme leadscrew 1/2"-10 5 starts. I have an X axis at 52", a Y axis at 32" and a Z axis at 14". How do I order all 3 length pre cut to size on your website? Also can you give me a rough estimate on the shipping to Ottawa, Ontario Canada please.

    You can purchase the entire length and select local pickup. Then you can email us the cut lengths for the order and let us know that you need to be invoiced for shipping. We will provide shipping estimates according to the real lengths and dimensions of the package. You can select the estimate that meets your shipping budget and we will invoice you the shipping amount and send the order.

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    Hi I built a 2x4 cnc machine in 2013 using you Hardware kit and plans. I want to speed up my cnc machine by purchasing your acme leadscrew 1/2"-10 5 starts. I have an X axis at 52", a Y axis at 32" and a Z axis at 14". How do I order all 3 length pre cut to size on your website? Also can you give me a rough estimate on the shipping to Ottawa, Ontario Canada please.

  • I have purchased cable carrier chain and would like to know if you could send me a copy of that order as I need to purchase extra lengths of the links I bought. Thanks

    If you were logged in when you made the purchase, you can click the "My Account" link at the top of any page on this website and see all of your orders, order line items (with direct links to these items), and shipment information.

    Here is a link to the "My Account" page for your convenience:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/CustomerInfo.aspx

    I did not see your username on your internal customer record, so I added this username and you should be able to see the information in the "My Account" page.

    Additional Information:
    I just tested your accounts page and the cable carrier links are in there. Thanks and please let me know if you need further assistance.

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    I have purchased cable carrier chain and would like to know if you could send me a copy of that order as I need to purchase extra lengths of the links I bought. Thanks

  • How do I wire the limit switches on the VLXL? Also, where do I place them? You included 2 rotary and two other limit switches.

    You can actually select many places for the switches, depending on where you think your zero will be. I will take pictures of where we positioned our switches. We set the positions so the zero is at the bottom left corner of the machine.

    Additional Information:
    I will take pictures tomorrow.

    Additional Information:
    Thank you. Just want to finish before the holiday.

    Additional Information:
    Not a problem at all and my apologies for not having that information. I have been meaning to put up a video on the limit switch connection as it is somewhat difficult to explain the process in words and diagrams.

    Additional Information:
    Any update?

    Additional Information:
    I plan on driving to the office later today and take pictures.

    Additional Information:
    Thank you. I've just done almost everything else. Just waiting for the grade 3 grease in the mail. Also, where do you suggest connecting the cable carriers? I ran everything through the top but the carrier is getting kind of full. Because of that, it is pushing the belt out when the gantry moves.

    Additional Information:
    I will take pictures of those connections as well.

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    Much appreciated.

    Additional Information:
    It’s my pleasure.

    Additional Information:
    I’m almost to the office. I’ve been shuttling my kids around today. Sorry for the wait.

    Additional Information:
    I’m adding the images to the end of the VLXL instructions.

    Additional Information:
    The limit switch connections use the NO (Normally Open) terminals. That means that the switch, when not engaged, is normally open (no connection between the com and the NO terminal). When the switch is engaged, then the connection is closed and the NO and COM terminal become connected, making a circuit.

    Additional Information:
    Did you bend the arm on the x switch? Or can you mount it flush with enough give to trigger? Same on both sides?


    Additional Information:
    It does look like it is bent in the picture. No, you do not need to bend the arm of the rotary switch.

    Additional Information:
    We only have the rotary switch on one side.

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    How do I wire the limit switches on the VLXL? Also, where do I place them? You included 2 rotary and two other limit switches.

  • Hey Guys, I have a brand new redleaf and 5x. In the final stages of wiring and wondering a few things. Can I connect the Mach3 USB board V+ V- to my frequency inverter (type YL600-2s-2k20)? If so where? Will your upcoming (part 2)video deal with this as well as final connections for limit switches and stop button? Merry Christmas!

    Yes, the Mach3 USB board has two terminals that require 24V connection. Most VFDs have a 24V output that can be used to power this part of the Mach3 USB board.

    The V+ and V- on the Mach3 USB is not absolutely necessary to operate the CNC machine/router. The V+ and V- of the Mach3 USB board powers the outputs, inputs, and spindle's speed and control.

    Here is the Mach3 USB link for more information:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    The new YL600 VFD we have in stock may not have this 24V output. There is a 12V terminal, but I have not tested that terminal if it outputs 12V, or if it is a 12V input. If you are only conecting limit switches to the Mach3 USB and need to power that portion, 12V will be sufficient.

    I will delve into these aspects in far more detail on video.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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    Hey Guys, I have a brand new redleaf and 5x. In the final stages of wiring and wondering a few things. Can I connect the Mach3 USB board V+ V- to my frequency inverter (type YL600-2s-2k20)? If so where? Will your upcoming (part 2)video deal with this as well as final connections for limit switches and stop button? Merry Christmas!

  • Is there a guide on setting up Mach4 and PoKeys57CNC software?
  • Do you have a more detailed diagram of the rotary and 15A limit switches on the vlxl?

    Are you trying to determine how to wire the switches or where to place them on the Vertical Laser XL? Let me know and I will provide some pictures or video on how to do this.

    Additional Information:
    Kind of both. Have somewhat of an idea as to how to wire them but you included rotary and other limit switches. Not sure which ones to put where. Never worked with these before.

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    Do you have a more detailed diagram of the rotary and 15A limit switches on the vlxl?

  • Do you have instructions how to mount the AWC708 DSP on the blackTooth?

    We are working on getting these on the blackTooth page


    Additional Information:
    Ok, thanks. Do you use a separate 24V P/S for the supply voltage on the AWC708C or tap into the stepper motor P/S?

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    Do you have instructions how to mount the AWC708 DSP on the blackTooth?

  • What do you suggest for lubrication on the rails of the VLXL?

    The X-axis rails on the Vertical Laser XL are the round rails found here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-rails-linear-guide-rails-20mm

    And use these rail blocks:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-rails-linear-ball-bearing-block

    You want to use lubrication/grease for a couple of reasons.
    - The round rail, if subject to moisture, can rust over time. Most oil based lubrication will help prevent this from happening.
    - The bearings in the linear guide will be constantly in contact with the round rod of the linear guide. Grease with a NLGI grade 3 specification and one with a good adhesion property so the grease will remain on the surface of the guide for a longer period of time.

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    What do you suggest for lubrication on the rails of the VLXL?

  • Same on the vlxl. Is the y stepper wired as in the diagram or is there a different diagram?

    The Y-Axis on the vertical laser XL use the stepper motor on this link:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-nema24-425ozin

    Here is the wiring diagram for this stepper motor:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/PN.SM60HT86-2008BF-U%20(inhouse%20PN.60BYGH303-13)%20(1).pdf

    Use the bipolar parallel option for wiring:
    Red/Blue - A+
    Yellow/Black - A-
    White/Brown - B+
    Orange/Green - B-


    Additional Information:
    As in, wire all 8 in pairs? Also, what would you suggest for lubrication on the rails?

    Additional Information:
    Yes, the color/color would be two separate wires going to a single terminal on the driver.

    The lubrication question would be great as a new question on the CSL.

    Also, the above link to the pdf isn't parsing correctly. The link to the pdf datasheet is in the description in the first link (link to the stepper motor).

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    Same on the vlxl. Is the y stepper wired as in the diagram or is there a different diagram?

  • Hello! Question about the x motor on the vlxl. There is no black lead. Is the yellow in its position? Also, I really just want to double check that this wiring diagram is solid. About to finish the wiring. Juan told me to use the 36V for the tube and 24 for the drivers. Correct?

    The stepper motor on the X axis on the VLXL is this motor here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-nema34-651ozin

    There is no black lead on that motor and the connection diagram can be found here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/PN.SM86HT80-5504B-U(inhouse%20PN.85BYGH450A-47-80)%20(1).pdf

    Red - A+
    Green - A-
    Yellow - B+
    Blue - B-

    The wiring diagram on the instructions for the Vertical Laser XL is meant as a general guide for all laser systems. The motor specific to the axis should be checked against the datasheet to insure proper wiring.

    The 24V power supply should be connected to the laser controller. The 36V power supply should be connected to the drivers to power the motion electronics.

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    My fault. Must have had that backwards. I'm sure he told me the right way.

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    Not a problem. The laser controller has two terminals labeled for the 24V connection.

    The 36V power supply works really well for stepper motor drivers as the voltage/current on this power supply allows for best stepper motor performance with this laser application.

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    Hello! Question about the x motor on the vlxl. There is no black lead. Is the yellow in its position? Also, I really just want to double check that this wiring diagram is solid. About to finish the wiring. Juan told me to use the 36V for the tube and 24 for the drivers. Correct?

  • Hello, I have a chinese 2.2KW spindle that is nearly new purchased with a CNC I bought while in china, I have noticed at lower RPM there is a distinct squeal. Does this indicate bad bearings?

    The squeal you hear from your spindle running at low RPM is probably not associated with bad bearings (I guess it depends on the sound). All of our spindles running at low RPM has a distinct sound, probably caused by the coils and the magnets.

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    Hello, I have a chinese 2.2KW spindle that is nearly new purchased with a CNC I bought while in china, I have noticed at lower RPM there is a distinct squeal. Does this indicate bad bearings?

  • l I know when my item has been shipped? I ordered it under guest check out, I’ve called the number 4 times and no answer! The email I received said it will arrive by email?

    From our records, you ordered Mach3. We purchase the license from the software developer and then we email you the license file that will be copied into your Mach3 installation.

    Make sure to install Mach3 while you wait for the license file to be emailed to you.

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    l I know when my item has been shipped? I ordered it under guest check out, I’ve called the number 4 times and no answer! The email I received said it will arrive by email?

  • Mini Breadboard 17x10 with a self adhesive on the back. Blue color. Measures 1.365 inches x 1.8 inches with a thickness of .375 inches. Don't see the page to order.

    That product page for the mini breadboards can be found on our sister site: newbiehack.com. Here is the link: https://www.newbiehack.com/categories/newbiehack-prototyping-breadboard-mini-breadboard-17x100-blue

    Additional Information:
    I'm curious, how did you get to the buildyourcnc.com site for that product? Was it a google search. I would like to know so I can modify the description so the product can be found more successfully. Thanks.

    Additional Information:
    Was looking for answers on how to invert signals for opposing steppers Seen your solutions bought the hex inverter and breakout board from newbiehack

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    Mini Breadboard 17x10 with a self adhesive on the back. Blue color. Measures 1.365 inches x 1.8 inches with a thickness of .375 inches. Don't see the page to order.

  • How to determine lead screw length needed. My Thomson 1 1:4 rails are 60 inches long roughly for the router I’m building. I know I have to have it long enough to couple up with the stepper motor of course but does it matter if it’s a little long on the other end

    It generally does not matter if it is longer at the other end as long as the lead screw provides the desired travel for that axis. The lead screw will only need to be long enough for the travel, plus any structure and lead-nut positioning.

    For example:
    - The motor that will turn the lead screw will need to be mounted at some position (generally at one end of the axis). In many cases, this positioning will be mounted where some of the lead screw will not be used (the lead nut will not be able to moved close to the coupling of the lead screw to the motor shaft). Add some of the length of the lead screw to be inserted into the coupling.

    - If the lead screw will contain bearings at either end of the travel, that portion of the mechanical assembly will need to be considered in the lead screw length.

    - The lead-nut will need to be mounted in a position on a structural member of the part that is to move. The distance from the part of the structure that will extend closest to the motor will have some distance to the position of the lead nut. This distance will need to be added to the lead screw length.

    Add these discrepancies to the length of the lead screw and the travel length and you will have the final length.

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    How to determine lead screw length needed. My Thomson 1 1:4 rails are 60 inches long roughly for the router I’m building. I know I have to have it long enough to couple up with the stepper motor of course but does it matter if it’s a little long on the other end

  • Is there a downloadable manual for the usb Mach3 interface board? I'm not sure one came with my Redleaf. Cheers.
  • Is this the correct (4 wire ) for motor wire extension on 5x? https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-cable-wire-20awg-wrcon

    Yes, that is the cable we use for all of our 4-wire motors in motion applications.

    The cable is specially made for motion applications and has a 20 AWG conduit size.

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    Is this the correct (4 wire ) for motor wire extension on 5x? https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-cable-wire-20awg-wrcon

  • Hi Guys, I just received an order for some cable and realized the moment it arrived that I Miss-ordered. I ordered 8 wire instead of 4 wire. Can I exchange?

    Certainly. The easiest way to process this and get you the correct item, re-order the new item and go ahead and send the mis-ordered item back with a note that you would like a refund for this order.

    If time is not a factor for you but you don't want to be out-of-pocket, then simply send the item back (with a note that you need a refund) and you can re-order after the refund is made.

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    Hi Guys, I just received an order for some cable and realized the moment it arrived that I Miss-ordered. I ordered 8 wire instead of 4 wire. Can I exchange?

  • where are the pdf files or the mdf sheets mentioned in the cnc book on page 18

    The book pdf documents are on this page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Book.aspx

    Just click on the red area in the first paragraph that states: Click here for the book's documents.

    Or, you can just go here for the documents directly for your convenience:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/CNC%20Kit%201-1.pdf

    Additional Information:
    The mdf sheets layout are here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/cuts-Layout1.pdf
    and here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/cuts-Layout1%20(2).pdf

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    where are the pdf files or the mdf sheets mentioned in the cnc book on page 18

  • where are the pdf files for the mdf sheets mentioned in the book

    The book pdf documents are on this page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Book.aspx

    Just click on the red area in the first paragraph that states: Click here for the book's documents.

    Or, you can just go here for the documents directly for your convenience:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/CNC%20Kit%201-1.pdf

    Additional Information:
    The mdf sheets layout are here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/cuts-Layout1.pdf
    and here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/cuts-Layout1%20(2).pdf

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    where are the pdf files for the mdf sheets mentioned in the book

  • in the book page 18 it says the are down loadable pdf files containing the measurements of the mdf sheets I can not find them on your site even under the book tab

    The book pdf documents are on this page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Book.aspx

    Just click on the red area in the first paragraph that states: Click here for the book's documents.

    Or, you can just go here for the documents directly for your convenience:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/CNC%20Kit%201-1.pdf

    Additional Information:
    The mdf sheets layout are here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/cuts-Layout1.pdf
    and here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/cuts-Layout1%20(2).pdf

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    in the book page 18 it says the are down loadable pdf files containing the measurements of the mdf sheets I can not find them on your site even under the book tab

  • HIWIN Rail out of stock

    It is out of stock at this time (12/14/2018). We are awaiting shipment.

    Additional Information:
    The rail is now back in stock.

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    HIWIN Rail out of stock

  • I ordered a 1.5KW 110 volt spindle. I just received the box and the spindle clearly says on the foam packaging and the side of the spindle that it is 220V. I think you shipped me the wrong spindle

    Did this spindle come with a 110V 1.5kW VFD?

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    The reason I ask is because the 220V 1.5kW spindle may work well with the 110V 1.5kW VFD. I believe we did the test prior to shipment.

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    I have a 110V HY01D511B VFD already. I did not know they would work together. I will give this a try.

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    If you did't get the VFD paired with the spindle from us, then I would not connect the 220V spindle with your VFD. Let me ask my technician and get back with you.

    Additional Information:
    My technician said that it should work since the 220V 1.5kW spindle worked with our 1.5kW 110V VFDs.

    Remember to seek the advice and guidance of a professional electrician when connecting these types of high powered devices.

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    Do you have any info on the settings? I would rather buy a pre-configured VFD from you if you don't have the settings for my HT since I have already fried one spindle because of lack of documentation from the manufacturer. If you can setup a VFD that works with the spindle you sent at 110v input voltage I would be fine with the extra expense.

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    I ordered a 1.5KW 110 volt spindle. I just received the box and the spindle clearly says on the foam packaging and the side of the spindle that it is 220V. I think you shipped me the wrong spindle

  • What are the overall dimensions of the GreenLean Machine?

    The overall dimensions of the GreenLean Machine are approximately 86 inches Tall by 116 inches wide.

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    What are the overall dimensions of the GreenLean Machine?

  • Are there any videos detailing wiring of limit switches and stop button?

    This video may serve helpful on the homing and limit switches:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/PrimeronHomingandLimitSwitches.aspx

    I don't go into great detail on the wiring, however. If after you watch that video and you still need a video, please let me know and I will make a video on the wiring of limit switches and the E-stop button.

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    Are there any videos detailing wiring of limit switches and stop button?

  • Hello, will the 5x10, 40w laser cutting table cut nylon fabric like 1000D Cordura?

    1000D Cordura is a woven fabric made with nylon. CO2 Lasers can cut nylon but nylon melts poorly, so the finish may not be acceptable.

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    Thats what i was worried about. Is there any way i could get someone to run a quick test to see how the finish is? Im trying to decide to buy it or not. Most of our edges end up getting bound, so it may not be a big deal if they are a little rough

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    If you send me a sample of the fabric, I have no problem putting it on my Vertical Laser XL and running a few passes at different speeds and intensities. Sounds like a good opportunity for a test on video.

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    Also, please send me a MSDS if you can for the specific material that you have. I want to make sure there are no harmful gasses from other constituents of the fabric.

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    Hello, will the 5x10, 40w laser cutting table cut nylon fabric like 1000D Cordura?

  • Follow up to the last question. I can just make a couple new pieces of acrylic but I just wanted to know if you had any other ideas. Thank you.
  • Bought a vlxl from you guys. Great design however since you changed the main gantry support from plastic to wood, the guides for the head do not fit with the given plastic pieces. I do not think I have enough wiggle room in the plastic to drill new holes. I may be able to cut down the aluminum. What do you suggest?

    Are you referring to the parts that make up the mount for the nozzle that slides along rail?

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    Yes. Because the wood is thicker than the plastic, the holes for the screws that hold the bearings are off.

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    Yes, understood. We must have used the wrong CAM file to cut the parts for those pieces. My apologies for that. I would rather send you new pieces poste haste.


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    I might just go ahead and try to make them. I already had to make one piece that was missing. However, if you think you can get them here by Thursday, I can just go ahead and put the body together. If you do plan on sending them, I also need three more M 8 x 16 mm screws. Also still looking for a mini air compressor for the assist. Overall, the design is great and I'm enjoying putting it together.

    Additional Information:
    Thank you for the kind words. I will send it anyway and check with Sandra (the current shipper) if Thursday is possible. Just to confirm, the parts related to the steps 46 to 52 in the Vertical Laser XL instructions. Correct? There is a single screw that tightens the bearings onto the rails. This screw is located at the center of the assembly. I'm sure you did this already, but it deserves a mention just in case somebody else has this issue. Make sure that the screw is all the way loose to see if it still doesn't fit. Also worth mentioning, make sure not to tighten it too much as it is very easy to crack the plexiglass. The screw creates a very high force on this assembly.

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    Yes. I think you should revisit your plexi cut sheets. The top two holes that hold the laser head from step 47 we're not drilled. I had to drill those. The part from step 48 was not included so I modified a different piece to make it. Also, the centerpiece from step 32, was not included. I ended up making one from plexi but I suggest machining it from aluminum.

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    That is odd. I will definitely take a look. That doesn't sound right at all.

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    But, once again, great design so far. I much prefer putting it together myself. Ill start working on the body.

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    Hello, I was able to adjust and get the head on track.

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    Hello, I was able to adjust and get the head on track.

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    Excellent!


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    I ended up just using a 2 nut system to secure the tensioner. The one I made cracked so that's why I suggested a machined Al.

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    That makes sense.

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    Bought a vlxl from you guys. Great design however since you changed the main gantry support from plastic to wood, the guides for the head do not fit with the given plastic pieces. I do not think I have enough wiggle room in the plastic to drill new holes. I may be able to cut down the aluminum. What do you suggest?

  • I am looking for a lead screw with a 4mm lead, at least 4 starts and 36" in length, can you help me out?
  • please clear me the price of guide rail. is it 2$ per inche.
  • My question is if I have the AVR Microcontroller advanced Kit can I just get the AVR beginner kit and use the all the parts form the AVR kit to follow the tutorials?

    The AVR advanced kit should have all of the parts to complete the tutorials. You shouldn't need the beginners kit unless you need an extra microcontroller.

    When you say AVR advanced kit, did you mean the upgrade?

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    My question is if I have the AVR Microcontroller advanced Kit can I just get the AVR beginner kit and use the all the parts form the AVR kit to follow the tutorials?

  • Why do you not send an email immediately after receiving a paid order?

    I believe we do. I will check the website code to see what is going on.

    Additional Information:
    OK. I didn't receive an email. Checked Spam folder, just in case, and nothing there either.

    Additional Information:
    Thanks I was going to suggest that. The code does have the email implementation and appears to be working fine. Did you look at the status of your order in the account section of the website?

    Additional Information:
    Yes. I checked status. It's in "Processing" so I understand you got the order and are working on it. No big deal, just was a bit surprised due to the no email.

    Additional Information:
    You may be able to find the email using these specifics:
    The subject line is: BuildYourCNC.com Order Confirmation
    Some of the content in the email is:
    Thank you for your purchase. The following message contains information regarding your purchase. Please verify the information and if there are any modifications, please contact us at the phone number provided on buildyourcnc.com immediately so we can revise your order prior to shipping.

    Some information on the order will follow.

    You can use this information to search for the email. If your email system still didn't show any results, please let me know and I will try to find the issue, as other customers may have this issue as well.

    The sender of the email is shipping@buildyourcnc.com which can also be used as a way to search for the email.

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    Why do you not send an email immediately after receiving a paid order?

  • What are the configuration settings for VFD for Spindle 1.5kW 110V. The search settings have a link for a 2.2kw spindle so I'm afraid they are the wrong ones and I don't want to fry the spindle. My VFD is an Huanyang HY01D511B.

    Did you get a manual for your VFD? Where did you purchase the VFD and spindle?

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    I bought the VFD through Amazon with a similar spindle that you sell. The VFD came with a manual but unfortunately the spindle had all the model number and specs scratched off of it. In an attempt to set it up, I fried the spindle. I have complained to the vendor and to Amazon but have received no solution. If your spindle arrives with proper documentation I probably can set it up myself.

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    What are the configuration settings for VFD for Spindle 1.5kW 110V. The search settings have a link for a 2.2kw spindle so I'm afraid they are the wrong ones and I don't want to fry the spindle. My VFD is an Huanyang HY01D511B.

  • I am looking at purchasing your 2.2 kw water cooled spindle. I'm assuming it comes with the VFD. I have a rotary phase converter in my shop. Are these spindles 3 phase? And if so, can I bypass use of the VFD and control the spindle speed by the CAM software instead? Or is the VFD an absolute necessity to use on the spindle?

    We don't have experience running a spindle directly from a rotary phase converter, unfortunately. The fear that I have is the control of the voltage and current to the spindle and how that relates to the coil winding for each phase. If your rotary phase converter can operate within these tolerances (which need to be known), then I don't see the problem, but the spindle will exhaust its warranty by doing this.

    Regarding the CAM software, speed can be set for various machining operations, but the actual speed control will be controlled by the control program that interprets the g-code output by the CAM.

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    I am looking at purchasing your 2.2 kw water cooled spindle. I'm assuming it comes with the VFD. I have a rotary phase converter in my shop. Are these spindles 3 phase? And if so, can I bypass use of the VFD and control the spindle speed by the CAM software instead? Or is the VFD an absolute necessity to use on the spindle?

  • I ordered a 1.5kW 110V Spindle on 11/28. It still shows "processing." Is this on backorder? Any ETA I can expect?

    Yes, we were waiting for the VFDs and Spindles to arrive from China. We emailed you the tracking numbers today.

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    I ordered a 1.5kW 110V Spindle on 11/28. It still shows "processing." Is this on backorder? Any ETA I can expect?

  • I just purchased some wire for my 2.2 spindle as per your recommendation it's 14 AWG stranded wire for the VFD to Spindle (U, V, W) connections. However, it's a three wire (black, white and Ground). Which numbers on the female pin connector do I connect the wires to. Cheers.
  • can you make us a vacuum pump motor controller board with 15a-20a load capacity? yours will only go to 12 amps....

    I will look for a relay that has a minimum of 15A and and another for 20A.

    Alternatively, you can add an external SSR with that load requirement. All you would need to do is connect the SSR ( solid-state relay) to the relay on the board.

    Additional Information:
    I did find an identical package and coil voltage replacement that can handle a 16A 250V. If you need to go higher than that, you will need an external SSR.

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    can you make us a vacuum pump motor controller board with 15a-20a load capacity? yours will only go to 12 amps....

  • New 2.2kw spindle are Pin functions 1,2,3 the same as the older 4pin? U -> Pin #3 V -> Pin #1 W -> Pin #2

    That is correct. The new spindle uses 3 pins only. The connections:

    3 to U
    1 to V
    2 to W

    If the spindle spins in the direction not intended, just swap 2 of the pins.

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  • can your vacuum pump controller card work with a 1-1/2 HP single phase 200v motor?

    The relay on the Vacuum Pump Controller can handle up to 250V and 12A. If your vacuum pump falls below those values, then the vacuum pump controller will work.

    Link to the vacuum pump controller:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-pneumatic-hydraulic-vacuum-pump-controller-sensor-redfrog-v1

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    can your vacuum pump controller card work with a 1-1/2 HP single phase 200v motor?

  • do you not have a usb controller for planet cnc since yours is discontinued

    Unfortunately not. As much as we like the Planet-CNC software and control, they made a change in their Planet-CNC software that eliminates support for our board.

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    do you not have a usb controller for planet cnc since yours is discontinued

  • I have a 64 bit operating system and the Mach3 usb control board. What do i need to communicate between the two?

    You will need a USB cable to connect the computer and the Mach3 USB. The 64-bit operating system must be Windows and you will need the Mach3 CNC control software installed on the operating system.

    You will need to install the USB driver called RNRMotion.dll. You can find the driver here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Move the file to your Mach3 Plugins folder Example: "C:/Users/ProgramFiles/Mach3/Plugins"

    Mach3 will prompt you to select a driver and this is where you can select the "RnRMotionController" and check "Don't ask me again". This will allow your board to communicate with Mach3.

    You will also need the xml file found on this page: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    On that page, you will need to download the XML Mach3 Config File by right clicking on the link and selecting "save as". Save the Mach3Mill.xml file in your Mach3 root folder.

    That file is the main configuration file for the Mach3 board. It has all of the typical settings that the Mach3 board needs.

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    I have a 64 bit operating system and the Mach3 usb control board. What do i need to communicate between the two?

  • Is there a video link showing connections to your most recent frequency converter for the 2.2 spindle (type:YL600-2S-2K20)? Cheers.

    I am currently making a video right now. I will post the video in a few days.

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    You guys rock!

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    Don’t judge us until you see the video!! Haha.

    Additional Information:
    Here is the video that I promised. The video covers the main wiring of the VFD and spindle.



    I will do another video on the parameters.

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    Is there a video link showing connections to your most recent frequency converter for the 2.2 spindle (type:YL600-2S-2K20)? Cheers.

  • Can the Redleaf CPU be mounted in a vertical position so that motor cables run straight down?

    Absolutely. Everything in the redLeaf control box is securely fastened and can be mounted in any orientation.

    Check out this example where the Children's Museum of Houston mounted their redLeaf vertically.

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/tutorials/Example-customer-blackfoot-houston-childrens-museum

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    Can the Redleaf CPU be mounted in a vertical position so that motor cables run straight down?

  • What Should I buy to complete the basic laser kit

    The laser components needed for a typical CO2 laser cutter and engraver are as follows:

    - The laser tube and laser tube power supply. We currently have 40W and 80W choices. The laser power supply must be pred with the laser tube (40W power supply with 40W laser tube, for instance)
    -- 40W CO2 Laser Tube: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Laser-Tube-CO2-40Watt
    -- 40W CO2 Laser Tube Power Supply: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Power-Supply-CO2-40W
    -- 80W CO2 Laser Tube: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Laser-Tube-CO2-80Watt
    -- 80W CO2 Laser Tube Power Supply: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Power-Supply-CO2-80W

    - The optics for bouncing the laser energy around the machine:
    -- Mirror Mount (select the 25mm for easier alignment): https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Mirror-Mount-20mm
    -- Mirror (make sure to select the correct size that matches the mirror mount): https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-component-20mm-mirror-25mm
    -- Nozzle (which also houses another mirror, and houses the final focal lens): https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Nozzle-20mm-lens-mirror: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Nozzle-20mm-lens-mirror

    - The laser controller that controls the laser cutter and engraver. This part provides a contorl panel, computer interface and drives the motion electronics: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/Laser-Component-Laser-Control-System

    - Safety Eyewear Tinted: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/laser-components-goggles-safety-tinted
    - Safety Eyewear Honeywell: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/laser-components-goggles-safety-honeywell

    The motion electronics that move the mirrors and nozzle: This selection will depend on the size of machine you will design (the selection below will provide a good medium range):

    - Motors/Drivers (one for each axis in most cases):
    -- 425 oz-in torque motor: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-nema24-425ozin
    -- 3.0 Amp Driver: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-stepper-driver-3!0a

    Typically, 2 motors and 2 drivers are needed for a 2 axis laser system (oves the x and y axes).

    Power supply for the motors and drivers (8.8 Amps and 36 V output): https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-power-supply-24v-36v

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  • Hi there, I have a cnc table that I built but I am looking for a higher powered router because I am using the table for flattening slabs with a large straight bit. Would you have any recommendations for the type of router I should buy? Also do you sell large bits for flattening slabs?

    I would highly recommend a spindle and VFD rather than a router.

    Spindles:
    - Have a far longer life longer than a router. You will probably go through a few routers before the end of the spindle's life.
    - Are quieter than routers
    - And the water cooled spindles we stock do not blow the chips into the air. Chips are much easier to capture with or without a dust removal system.

    You can find our spindles here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/SpindlesAndAccessories.aspx

    Once you get your first spindle, you will never go back to routers. Routers are great for handrouting work, but not the best for continuous CNC milling.

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    Hi there, I have a cnc table that I built but I am looking for a higher powered router because I am using the table for flattening slabs with a large straight bit. Would you have any recommendations for the type of router I should buy? Also do you sell large bits for flattening slabs?

  • Hi, I am thinking of making a CNC router that I can use in woodworking. I am very happy if you can help me with the necessary parts for this

    Ok, sure. Let's get the discussion started. Please respond with your questions on this FAQ

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    Hi, I am thinking of making a CNC router that I can use in woodworking. I am very happy if you can help me with the necessary parts for this

  • What are some good ways to control the vertical laser from a Linux machine?

    There really isn't any good way to use Linux when using a traditional Laser Controller. If LaserCAD worked under the Linux OS, then that would work.

    Would you like to know an alternative to use Linux using maybe LinuxCNC? There are ways to do it, but you will find yourself deep in g-code and out of the box wiring configurations, most likely.

    Alternatively, you can create a dual boot scenario and put Window on the other part of the hard drive. This way, you would be able to run LaserCAD.

    You can also "attempt" to use LaserCAD in the wine environment, but I have a feeling that will probably not work.

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    We're a small family-owned electronics and hardware manufacturer, using LinuxCNC already for milling. Dual-boot into Windows isn't a sensible option -- it would greatly reduce the utility of the machine. I have more information about our use case in https://buildyourcnc.com/FAQ/13985.

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    Ok, fair enough. Then let's get into the details on how you can use LinuxCNC to operate a Laser machine.

    Do you have an idea what controller you will be using? Parallel?

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    My first inclination was to use LinuCNC with the parallel interface board. Of that's the answer, then we might want to just add to the LinuxCNC discussion that's starting to firm up at https://buildyourcnc.com/FAQ/13985 rather than duplicate the information here.

    I'm open to other alternatives and am happy to hack; we make PCBs and cable harnesses as a business, so that's not a limitation either. One answer might be to use one of the open source controllers that are starting to show up.

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    My turn for phone typos. ;-) I meant to say "If that's the answer, then..."

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    I've started a forum topic about this at http://www.buildyourtools.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=8412&start=0

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    Good idea. Thanks.

    When a direct solution is realized on buildyourtools, I will post it here.

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  • What issues will a user need to be prepared to solve with the vertical laser that they wouldn't normally see with a horizontal bed?

    I personally haven't noticed any issues with horizontal and vertical (slanted). If there is no backing on the vertical laser (something behind the workpiece), then the parts do tend to fall out. Just keep something behind the workpiece.

    On a horizontal bed, you may be able to get a bit of a better vacuum hold down, but with a machine the size of a 4'x8', there really isn't a great way to get vacuum hold down, and I haven't seen the need for it anyway.

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  • tried to call Juan. Also didn't hear back last night. Everything OK?

    Everything is fine. He is very hard at work trying to get parts fabricated for many customers. If he doesn't answer the phone, it is because the shop work is loud. I will tell him to call you today.

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    I just thought it was gonna be able to ship out today. Just wanted to confirm that.

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    I know Juan and Sandra were working extremely hard on that project. I also remember Juan telling me that Friday shipping was the plan.

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    Thank you. Talked to Juan. Just see what you guys can do to help out.

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    tried to call Juan. Also didn't hear back last night. Everything OK?

  • How long should it take to build the vertical laser kit?

    Assembling the Vertical Laser XL machine will vary depending on your specific abilities. The length of time can be as short as one weekend, or as long as two weeks.

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  • How would LinuxCNC be used with the vertical laser?

    It is possible to use LinuxCNC for laser cutters and engravers but not advisable. The efficiency and control with traditional CNC control programs cannot match that of Laser controllers. This is because laser controllers are very good at matching speed with power, especially with raster image burning. Moreover, controlling the laser tube while cutting and engraving is very built in with gcode. Special software can be used, but the processing and execution is not efficient.

    Laser controllers and associated software have matured well and can do cutting and engraving very well and is worth the extra expense.

    If you are still interested in getting LinuxCNC to work with the laser, let me know and we can discuss this in great detail on this FAQ.

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    A better question might be "What are some good ways to control the vertical laser directly from a Linux machine without having to hop through Windows?" Let me know if you want me to post this as a separate question.

    If I were buying the blacktooth, I'd order the parallel port board for it and skip the anywells controller -- I notice that you don't show that as an option on the vertical, which is what's generating this question.

    Some background: All of our CAD/CAM is done in Linux (openscad, freecad, librecad, cadquery, blender, pycam, python gcode generators...), we use git and Makefiles and other automation scripts extensively, and we need to be able to avoid doing the double-hop from Linux via Windows to get files sent to the laser.

    An example use case is that of being able to say 'make' in a project's directory on any Linux machine on the network to ship the file to the laser, including power settings etc. Needing to ship it to Windows first, and then manually mouse around to set power etc. is what I want to avoid.

    With Epilogs, I used to always bypass the Windows/Coreldraw toolchain by using Gershenfeld's cam.py, sending PCL from Linux straight to the Epilog.

    Something equivalent to that -- being able to run a script in Linux to convert and ship the file straight to the laser -- is what I'm planning to do here. I mentioned LinuxCNC because it's what I'm already using for our mill, and I'm comfortable hacking on it. I'm not wedded to LinuxCNC for a laser, but I am looking for open-source flexibility and future-proofing.

    We don't even have any Windows machines any more -- we got rid of the last of them years ago, and I'd like to avoid going back.

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    I've split the more general Linux use case out as a separate question at https://buildyourcnc.com/FAQ/13989

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    Starting to find some answers -- forums have a thread which addresses some LinuxCNC questions at http://www.buildyourtools.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3452 for instance.

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    Example LinuxCNC config for the buildlog 2.X laser is at https://github.com/jv4779/2x_laser

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    I'm going to need some time to digest this information. Curious, are you able to develop a program to change the g-code if need be? Will you be doing vector style cutting operations only? If so, the process may be pretty straight forward.

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    Before we adapted the blackTooth laser to use the laser controller, we operated the machine using Mach3 and the z-axis direction signal was the chief mechanism to fire the laser (down=on, up=off). It worked like a charm. It would be better to use one of the output triggers to do this for safer operation; however.

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    Blacktooth adaptation of the above buildlog config can be found at http://www.buildyourtools.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=18157#p18157

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    Answering the earlier comment (is that you Patrick?) -- yes, we'd be doing vector primarily, though my wife (and CEO) is salivating over the potential for raster. I've got no problem writing a python script to massage gcode if that's what it would take to make things work. CAM is always a problem on Linux but I've been using a mix of things to generate gcode for milling (including just writing it by hand), and can get by as needed. Expect to spend this weekend looking around to see what others are doing.

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    Yes. This isn’t Patrick. I manage the Customer Service section. I will try my best to help with this over the weekend and balance family time. Haha.

    I will check the links. If raster is a must, you can have two controllers controlling the machine using tri-state gates to the drivers. I did this for a customer a while ago to run CNC and laser with an external switch. You could use an external switch to switch between LinuxCNC operation and laser controller.

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    This is Patrick. Auto correct on my phone turned the "is" to "isn't". Ha!

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    The buildyourtools links doesn't really have much to do with LinuxCNC and the buildyourtools information on that thread (by MUK) implements a very similar configuration that I introduced when I first started selling the blackTooth (with the parallel control board). That style of configuration may work well with a LinuxCNC scenario.

    I would rather jump-in cold with the LinuxCNC solution and see if we can address each step. What CAM program will you be using? I ask this question because that program may have the ability to inject g-code at specific points where we can turn on and off the laser.

    Also, I'm going to merge the two FAQs once we pick the one we use the most often to figure this out. I'm also more comfortable using this Customer Service system to address the question for many reasons, one of which is I can tie these questions to the products directly to benefit many others.

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    For laser CAM on Linux we have used cam.py in the past; it's just a python script, so modifying the gcode it generates is easy.

    I think we've reached a purchase decision; your responsiveness here has helped a lot with that, Patrick. It looks to me like we're going to be able to make this thing work, one way or another.

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  • Is there any precision or accuracy difference between the vertical and blacktooth lasers?

    I will address the two separately (precision and accuracy):

    Precision (repeatability):
    This is most closely related to the resolution. The blackTooth uses the same mechanical drive (timing belts and pulley) of the same ratios and specifications, so the two machines will be the same in this respect.

    Accuracy:

    The output of the machine (the final physical work) matching the input given to the machine (the design data or instructions for the machine to product the physical work. This has to do with both resolution and how well the machine will hold up over time and through environmental changes.

    With that said, both machines have very similar attributes in mechanics and structure. The overall structure is made of MDO (Medium Density Overlay) and has a very low coefficient of linear expansion with regards to temperature change, so accuracy will not be affected in any appreciable manner over time with the two machines. The Vertical Laser XL does use more industry standard rails to hold the heavy gantry, but this will be differ appreciably since the blackTooth will exhibit rigidity by virtue of its size.

    It really is best to consider the application and size as the main aspects of deciding between these two machines.

    Hope this helps.


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    We're looking at getting the vertical so we can run both large and small jobs on the same machine. It sounds like running a small job on the vertical (using a positioning jig) would provide results at least as
    good as running the same job on the blacktooth. Does this sound about right?

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  • Will Mach 4 work on the Controller board that is meant to run Mach 3?

    The Mach3 USB board found here: https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    Is not designed to work under Mach4. The Mach3 USB uses a plug-in in Mach3 to function as an interpreter, sending pulses and signals to electronics from commands sent to the board from Mach3. This plugin would need to be updated to be able to work under Mach4 but the board manufacturer would need to do this update. So far, there is no plug-in that will work for Mach4 and this board.

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  • Hello. Tried to send you guys an email but it wouldn't go through. Just wanted to check on my VLXL and if it will be ready to ship out tomorrow.

    I just texted Juan to call you before he leaves the office.

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    Thank you.

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    My pleasure.

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    Hello. Tried to send you guys an email but it wouldn't go through. Just wanted to check on my VLXL and if it will be ready to ship out tomorrow.

  • How many feet of wire would you typically use to wire 6 limit switches on a 5x machine? (using your suggested location for said switches)

    Let me check.

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    We suggest wiring the X and Y axes. We haven't seen the need for wiring the Z axis, but that is totally up to the CNC user as their application may require this use.

    I measured 13 feet of cable for the X and Y limit switch connections on the greenBull 5X gantry (2 limit switches on one gantry side for X limits and 2 limit switches on the gantry front extremes for Y axis limits). You will need to estimate how much more cable you will need from the gantry to the control box that you are using. I generally estimate the extra to be measured from the end of travel on the x-axis to the middle of the x-axis travel and then where you would position the control box from there.

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  • Do you sell 22 to 24 AWG stranded and shielded for wiring of the limit switches and E_Stop?

    The wire that we sell for the limit switch wiring is here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/3d-printer-component-cnc-electronicsandmotors-cable-wire-3-conductor-22-awg-wrcon-cablewire3conductor22awg

    This is shielded cable to make sure there isn't any external interference with sensitive components and long wires associated with limit switches. This is necessary due to the interference caused by the motors on a CNC router and the milling process.

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    So unshielded is cool. That's what I was curious about. Cheers.

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    Absolutely. It's really the only type of cable I would recommend for connecting limit switches.

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  • How do I connect the outputs on the Mach3 USB motion card?

    A 24V connection to the USB motion card is only needed if you are using limit switches (inputs), powering the spindle/VFD speed and direction, and for the outputs, for powering other devices (mist, coolant, etc.).

    If you are using a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive, also called Inverter) for a spindle, they typically have a 24V out terminal that can be used with our USB motion card. If you are not using a spindle/VFD (we highly recommend one), then you will need to purchase a 24v power supply to power that side of the board.

    The outputs mentioned above are to connect to external devices and will require a relay (a mechanical switch that is controlled by a digital signal). This mechanical switch can turn on a device like coolant and mist, or even a router, if you are using one. A relay is required to turn on these devices because the devices are typically higher voltage, like mains (110v or 220v). So, a relay can turn on or off a high voltage device with a lower voltage (24v) signal.

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  • How do I connect the outputs on the USB motion card for Mach3?

    A 24V connection to the USB motion card is only needed if you are using limit switches (inputs), powering the spindle/VFD speed and direction, and for the outputs, for powering other devices (mist, coolant, etc.).

    If you are using a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive, also called Inverter) for a spindle, they typically have a 24V out terminal that can be used with our USB motion card. If you are not using a spindle/VFD (we highly recommend one), then you will need to purchase a 24v power supply to power that side of the board.

    The outputs mentioned above are to connect to external devices and will require a relay (a mechanical switch that is controlled by a digital signal). This mechanical switch can turn on a device like coolant and mist, or even a router, if you are using one. A relay is required to turn on these devices because the devices are typically higher voltage, like mains (110v or 220v). So, a relay can turn on or off a high voltage device with a lower voltage (24v) signal.

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  • The mach3 USB card requires 24V, how do I supply this?

    If you are using a spindle with a VFD, there is a 24 volt power supply that will provide the correct power for the V+ and V- on the Mach3 USB. The 12V option is only if you are using the limit switches on that side of the board, but if you are using it to control spindle speed and for the outputs, it's best to use a 24V power supply, or the 24V output on the VFD.

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  • What is the relay coil on the USB motion card for?

    A 24V connection to the USB motion card is only needed if you are using limit switches (inputs), powering the spindle/VFD speed and direction, and for the outputs, for powering other devices (mist, coolant, etc.).

    If you are using a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive, also called Inverter) for a spindle, they typically have a 24V out terminal that can be used with our USB motion card. If you are not using a spindle/VFD (we highly recommend one), then you will need to purchase a 24v power supply to power that side of the board.

    The outputs mentioned above are to connect to external devices and will require a relay (a mechanical switch that is controlled by a digital signal). This mechanical switch can turn on a device like coolant and mist, or even a router, if you are using one. A relay is required to turn on these devices because the devices are typically higher voltage, like mains (110v or 220v). So, a relay can turn on or off a high voltage device with a lower voltage (24v) signal.

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  • What would be your recommendation for "power supply 2 (24vdc)" connecting to USB motion card?

    A 24V connection to the USB motion card is only needed if you are using limit switches (inputs), powering the spindle/VFD speed and direction, and for the outputs, for powering other devices (mist, coolant, etc.).

    If you are using a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive, also called Inverter) for a spindle, they typically have a 24V out terminal that can be used with our USB motion card. If you are not using a spindle/VFD (we highly recommend one), then you will need to purchase a 24v power supply to power that side of the board.

    The outputs mentioned above are to connect to external devices and will require a relay (a mechanical switch that is controlled by a digital signal). This mechanical switch can turn on a device like coolant and mist, or even a router, if you are using one. A relay is required to turn on these devices because the devices are typically higher voltage, like mains (110v or 220v). So, a relay can turn on or off a high voltage device with a lower voltage (24v) signal.

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  • What would be your recommendation for "power supply 2 (24vdc)" connecting to USB motion card? Are there any videos explaining it's connection to the relay coil? (not quite sure what relay coil is)

    A 24V connection to the USB motion card is only needed if you are using limit switches (inputs), powering the spindle/VFD speed and direction, and for the outputs, for powering other devices (mist, coolant, etc.).

    If you are using a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive, also called Inverter) for a spindle, they typically have a 24V out terminal that can be used with our USB motion card. If you are not using a spindle/VFD (we highly recommend one), then you will need to purchase a 24v power supply to power that side of the board.

    The outputs mentioned above are to connect to external devices and will require a relay (a mechanical switch that is controlled by a digital signal). This mechanical switch can turn on a device like coolant and mist, or even a router, if you are using one. A relay is required to turn on these devices because the devices are typically higher voltage, like mains (110v or 220v). So, a relay can turn on or off a high voltage device with a lower voltage (24v) signal.

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  • Can you tell me what gauge wire is needed for limits switches and the spindle?

    The hookup wires you will need is 22 to 24 AWG stranded and shielded for the wiring of the limit switches and E_Stop. Our kit customers select various places for these switches, so we don't supply the wiring. If you don't use shielded cable, you will need to change the debounce setting in Mach3 (if that is the control program you are using).

    We typically use 14 AWG stranded wire for the VFD to Spindle (U, V, W) connections.

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  • Are there instructions to disassemble the 2.2KW spindle (220v)? We need to replace the bearings.

    We actually tried dissassembling one of our spindles in house with no success, but I just found a good thread on CNCZone that has a good set of photos and instructions.

    Here is the link: http://www.cnczone.com/forums/spindles-vfd/129454-water-cooled-chinese-spindle-disassembly.html

    Please let me know if this helps.

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    Also, If you have no success, let us know and we will make an attempt here on video.

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    Are there instructions to disassemble the 2.2KW spindle (220v)? We need to replace the bearings.