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5axis BOB, PWM speed control, Mach 3 and a partridge...

Discussion in 'Controller Boards' started by Dekes1, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Dekes1

    Dekes1 Well-Known

    Feb 20, 2015
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    I currently have a properly functioning Ox with a cheap chinese speed control managing my spindle. The unit comes with a pot which is used for manual spindle speed control. As I learn more, I want to have Mach3 control my spindle speed instead of doing it manually.

    The speed control has a PWM input and my breakout board (a common 5-axis board) has PWM outputs. However, i can't seem to get it all to work properly. I've attached pictures of both the speed control and the BOB.

    My first question is what pin on the BoB should i be using? It has a pin that is labelled as "PWM" which correlates to P1 on my board. But it also has a pin labelled "0-10v Speed control" which does not seem to correlate to a specific parallel port pin.

    The second question is how should Mach3 be configured? Please take a look at the screen captures and advise if if i have it incorrectly configured. Thank you!

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  2. Hytech2k

    Hytech2k Master

    May 6, 2014
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    I have that same BOB in my CNC Router Parts Nema 23 Plug and Play box... What was told to me was to use Port # 1 for both step port and dir port and pin # 1 for both direction pin and step pin.... I haven't tested it this way so i'm not sure if that's correct or not... I would give the spindle just a bit more delay unless it spins up really quick, mine is set for 7 seconds...

  3. Soljah2kO

    Soljah2kO New

    Aug 11, 2015
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    Dekes1, did the set-up recommended by Hytech2k work? Once I get out of the hospital I'll try the setup, thats if you haven't yet. If using VFD, disregard the output labeled PWM on the Chinese BOB. Utilize the 0-10v Spindle for PC control on this type of BOB.

    As for myself, I have a CNCRP500 with this same Chinese BOB, I was recommended several options. All options failed, except what I haven't tried by Hytech2k and/ or utilizing a Buck converter to drop the input voltage of the 12-24v Power Supply to 5v for my input which in-turn drop my 0-10v Spindle voltage to 5v output to my SuperPID. Which my SuperPID v2 requires for PWM operation of 5v input. I am aware that the math in the voltage drop don't add up, but like I mentioned I've tried just about every method to get this Chinese BOB to work.

    Basically, Buck converter on the front end of the 12-24v input or the back end of the 0-10v Spindle output assuming the setting from MACH3 will adjust.

    Also, I take no responsibility for any issues or malfunction you might incur. As for myself, Ive tried other options and still cant figure it out.

    I hope someone else chimes with better option then what I've mentioned.
    #3 Soljah2kO, Nov 28, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015

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