Plasma CNC and Proma THC (torch height control) with PlanetCNC
USING “PROMA COMPACT THC CONTROLLER” WITH PLANETCNC CONTROLLERS All cables should be shielded. Everything should be properly grounded and earthed. Plasma torch is a big source of EMI, so consider a proper filtering. Hardware: There are two common versions of Proma THC controller: 1.) Proma Compact THC SD controller THC controller itself generates “STEP/DIR” signals […]
How to connect external EStop or Pause switch on Mk1?
WHAT ARE 5 PINS NEXT TO LED? Ext pin can be used to connect EStop or Pause switch. Ext pin must also be enabled in settings “Settings/Misc/ExtPin”. Don’t forget pull-up or pull-down resistor! Other pins can be used to connect external LED or reset button.
How to use motor enable/disable signal with EStop on Mk1?
HOW TO USE MOTOR ENABLE/DISABLE SIGNAL WITH E-STOP? Controller can generate motor enable/disable signal on output3 when e-stop is pressed. You need to uncheck “mist output” and check “enable output”. You can also invert output signal. You can rewire output3 signal to enable pin. Source
How to activate, import, request and export license
1. If you don’t have a license you need to send us activation code and controller serial number. 2. If you have registration key, open “License activation” dialog and paste your registration key . 3. If you have license data file (.dat, .lic or .zip) you can import it. There is no functional difference if […]
How to use different settings for different machine configurations on same computer
CNC USB CONTROLLER DESKTOP SHORTCUT TUTORIAL If you have multiple CNC machines(Machines of different dimensions or different types of machines) with its designated controllers, and you want to use them with only one computer, it comes very handy to create desktop shortcuts with preset settings for specific machine. This way you can avoid importing setting […]
How to set network connection on Mk3 controller
How to configure network settings for Mk3? Computer can communicate with Mk3 controller via USB or Network connection. If you choose to use Network connection then make sure that your computer with installed CNCUSB controller software is connected to network with network cable. One side of network cable goes to network switch, the other side […]
How to cut tapered cone with 4 axis foam cutter?
HOW TO CUT TAPERED CONE WITH 4 AXIS FOAM CUTTER? Lets make a tapered cone with 150mm diameter on one side and 50mm on other side. 1. Create DXF file with circle It is important to know diameter of circle. I’ll use 100mm circle which I created with CAD software. You can also get 100mm […]
How to import DXF files?
DXF FILE IMPORT CONFIGURATION Using DXF files is probably most common way to start with machining your first CAD design with your CNC machine. This short tutorial is made to show you how to configure your imported DXF file in different scenarios. Here are some short examples on how to configure your DXF files for […]
How can I update firmware?
HOW TO UPDATE CNC USB CONTROLLER FIRMWARE Firmware can be easily updated through menu options. – Connect controller and start software – Select menu option “Machine/Firmware/Update” – Wait around 10 seconds If there is something wrong and you receive “Firmware update FAILED” message just repeat procedure. You can check your software and firmware version with […]
How to set camera offset?
HOW TO USE CAMERA WITH CNCUSB CONTROLLER SOFTWARE Tool represents the center of the Z-axis. Camera is usually mounted parallel with the tool, at some distance away from the Z-axis. So to use camera for capturing points, setting offsets etc…we need to set camera offset. Because it is practically impossible to mount camera perfectly parallel […]
How to use MDI?
USING MDI IN CNC USB CONTROLLER SOFTWARE MDI stands for ‘Manual Data Input’. MDI window is located in the bottom right corner of CNCUSB controller software main window: By entering MDI shortcuts or g-code commands in this window, user can quickly access desired feature, executes g-code command or performs machine specific task. MDI shortcuts: You […]
How can I program DIY controller and update firmware?
HOW TO PROGRAM CNC USB CONTROLLER FIRMWARE Your DIY board must have all required pull-up and pull-down resistors otherwise it will not work! 1. Program firmware You must use programmer to program bootloader into PIC. Bootloader can be downloaded on DIY page. 2a. Insert PIC and set 5V supply Because I will use power from […]