This complete computer and CNC machine electronics plug and play system is similar to our larger plug and play system featuring a smaller overall form factor.
The CNC computer system comes assembled with the electronics wired and tested. If the windows option is not purchased, the system will have Linux (Ubuntu) and EMC (LinuxCNC.org ) installed, unless windows is purchased. Please read the content for important information on the basic components that are installed. Make sure to purchase the correct amount of cabling (from motor to driver) for each axis and how it should be cut by leaving a note in the PayPal cart. click here to purchase cable. The basic system (first purchase option) has three standard motors (425 oz-in torque) and drivers (3.0 amp per phase) which is perfect for the blueChick, blackToe, or general duty machines). The second option for Heavy Gantry includes two standard motors and drivers like the first option, but has a heavy duty motor (651 oz-in) and driver (6..0 amp) to move the gantry which is perfect for the blackFoot or machines with a heavy gantry. The third option is for heavy duty machines that require large motors (651 oz-in) and drivers (6.0 amp) on each axis.
This is special cable for motion related applications that is connected to the motor and a 4 pin connector. Please provide a note in the PayPal order on the lengths for each axis.
The motherboard used in this system is a Mini-ITX that has an Atom processor permanently affixed with a heat sink just above the processor. This motherboard allows the overall form to be smaller since the motherboard has a smaller footprint, and there is no need for an ATX computer PSU. The motherboard is powered by a DC-DC converter and a DC adapter that plugs into the wall. The hard drive is also changed to either a 2.5" 60 GB SSD (Solid State Drive), or a 2.5" 500GB standard hard drive. This system is best used for CNC machine control, other software can be used, but it is best not to use overly intensive software. The entire system is put together here in our office with care and attention to every detail. This system is not available in kit form. All you need to do is put the motors where they need to go, connect a monitor, keyboard and a mouse, and you can start to move the machine!We created this system to reduce the time necessary to get a machine up and running. Wiring CNC electronics have been an issue for many customers, and getting the system to work with their computer has shown to be a challenge as well. This system allows you to essentially skip the entire CNC wiring and setup process. All of the electronics are wired up, and soldered where needed, tested with the standard configuration used for the machine kits on this site (will work with other machines with a specified configuration), constructed with the necessary computer components and operating system setup (Windows/Mach3, Linux/EMC2, or dual boot).All you will need to do is learn how to control the CNC using either Mach3 or EMC2 (LinuxCNC). The All-In-One Electroincs/Computer System Includes:
- Motor Drivers 40 Volts 3.0 Amps Max or 6.0 Amps Max (capable of 1/64 microstepping) depending on chosen option
- 425 oz-in or 651 oz-in bipolar motors depending on chosen option
- breakout board
- 36 Volt 8.8 Amp Power Supply
- Panel Motor Cable Connectors
- Fan (Near the Middle)
- Mini-ITX Motherboard with Parallel Port and Standard Connectors - 2 Gigs of Installed DDR3 RAM
- Integrated Intel Atom Processor
- 500 GB SATA Hard Drive or 60 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Operating System (Windows 7 or Linux Depending on Option Purchased)
- Wood, Plastic and Fasteners in a Clean and Aesthetic Arrangement to Encase the System
The CNC portion of the electronics are the same components sold in our 4-axis system here
The drivers are wired to the breakout board and the connectors on the axes plates, both high powered and signal wires separated to reduce interference. The breakout board is connected to the motherboard via specially soldered 25 pin D-sub connectors from the motherboard to the breakout board insuring the most appropriate connectivity.The breakout board is wired to the motherboard via a USB connector for constant regulated 5V of power. Under the case, the drivers have a special cut-out to allow for the flow of air to transfer the heat out of the enclosure. To provide this air flow, there is a large fan that is powered by the AC line (not DC). Powering the fan from the AC line, rather than the DC internal voltage allows the DC power to be more stable since all regulation of the DC voltage occurs from the power supplies, onward. With a fan of this power, there is always positive pressure within this enclosed space. Openings were carefully positioned to exit the heat in the most appropriate way. Moreover, the positive pressure will limit the amount of dust that enters into the enclosure.On the computer component side, the motherboard, hard drive and power supply reside in close proximity to each other. Orientation for the components were designed to convenience. The motor connections occur adjacent to the motherboard connections so the monitor, keyboard and mouse can be placed perpendicular, or at the end of the machine.All of the parts of this enclosure is produced from the blackFoot CNC Machine Kit. All of the holes are precisely placed to match the fastening holes of the components. The Plexiglas sides serve to mount components, allow for panel connectors and access to certain parts of the system. The Plexiglas is held in-place with wood pieces that were deigned for aesthetics with slight curves and exposed sides of the laminated wood (from MDO).Power for all of the components are kept separated. The computer side can be plugged into a separate circuit from the CNC motion electronics. The CNC electronics can draw much more amperage than the computer, so the AC line was not made common to both.There is a separate plug for the CNC motion electronics, and for the computer power supply.Assembling these components takes our employees approximately 15 hours to complete, which includes all of the computer software installation, configuration of the Mach3 or EMC2 and fully testing the electronics and making sure each motor turns with the appropriate torque and speed.