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Hoping a basic knowledge of machining would help make prototypes and communicate with machine shops, he bought a small milling machine. Almost ten years later, he now runs NYC CNC, where he loves working with customers and machines for job-shop work, design-for-manufacturing and product development. A largely self-taught machinist, he shares many of his endeavors on his successful YouTube channel which focuses on home shop manufacturing.

For more information, see www. Any stepper motor is great, but the big ones are amazingly impressive. There are numerous stepper drivers dedicated for use with Arduino, but they are generally limited to Nema 17 and Nema Luckily, using larger steppers Nema 34 in this instance with Arduino is still easy.

In these two videos, we walk through the setup of the motor, driver, and Arduino. In this video we test code from three different Arduino programs to drive the large NEMA 34 stepper, then increase the load on the shaft to see how the stepper handles the additional weight. We machine a 0. Both programs use the AccelStepper Arduino library. Latest John Saunders.

By John Saunders John Saunders. Part 1: Test Code, Increase the Load In this video we test code from three different Arduino programs to drive the large NEMA 34 stepper, then increase the load on the shaft to see how the stepper handles the additional weight. Related Stories from Make:. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.

Thanks for signing up. Please try again.GitHub is home to over 40 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together. Have a question about this project? Sign up for a free GitHub account to open an issue and contact its maintainers and the community. Already on GitHub? Sign in to your account. Not a big deal, I'm a programmer. However, I would like some input from the official developers as to where I should hook into grbl Where should I drop a call to my LCD update routine; and where should I drop a call to my keypad polling routine?

I'm going to want to support a Manual Pulse Generator hand wheel also Or should I take over the Arduino when in MPG jog mode, and then update the machine position global variables afterwords and if so, which variables should I update?

Also, is there an officially sanctioned way of directly setting from a C function, not by injecting a G-code into the input datastream feedrate override, spindle override, and coolant override parameters?

I am using function pointers to achieve a similar goal.

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But perhaps not the kind of pointers you are after? Another kind of pointer may be this ESP32 port as it has SD card support, and perhaps it is possible to use its serial comms over blueetooth for GCode injection? Any progress you make on this front would be awesome and I would be happy to beta test.

So was I. I started trying to modify MK4Duo a Marlin variant to remove the 3D Printer specific components, but have determined that they are too deeply embedded into the firmware for that to be practical. So I'm doing this instead. So far, I've got the device drivers SD, Matrix Keypad, HD LCD ported from the Arduino codebase; and partially integrated into the Grbl codebase there's quite a bit of incompatibility between the base Arduino core and Grbl, in particular in use of system resources like timers; so I've had to re-code quite a bit of the low-level Arduino support libraries to make it compatible Hardware wise, that's what I'm doing.

I'm not making my own hardware for this project - the whole idea was to use off-the-shelf parts. Status Update: Drivers are working, but could stand some optimization reviewing the drivers that Arduino ships, they are excessively abstracted in their construction; and use slow IO functions. I intend to fix this before posting any code. SD support is integrated into protocol. Keypad support is fully functional.

Rotary encoder i. LCD support is functional. User Interface code is about half done. The UI Page system infrastructure is functional; the menu system is itself functional but needs more menu items; and the SD directory access is working however, at the moment, nothing happens when you select a file - that code needs to be written yet.Not a member?

You should Sign Up. Already have an account? Log In. To make the experience fit your profile, pick a username and tell us what interests you. We found and based on your interests. Choose more interests. I really like how this works, it gives you much more control over the machines movement compared to the keyboard arrow keys. I finally got around re-designing the base plate. As I indicated in my last post, it needed to be a bit higher and it needed some hole to mount the MPG.

What I also wanted to do was to create a custom PCB for attaching the hall sensor and the wires. It was a while back since I using EagleCad and was pleased to find that this was now owned by Autodesk and integrates nicely with Fusion A couple of tests read failures later I was able to get a reasonable PCB using one of my cheap 60 degree engraving bits.

When I mounted the hall sensors I noticed that I had the pins of the sensors swapped, so back to EagleCad.

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Since I needed to change things anyway, I also moved and rotated the pads for the wires. I bought a cheap PCI parallel port card from Banggood and this just worked out of the box, no driver updates, no kernel re-compile, nothing. Since the parallel port doesn't have a 5V line, I used power from one of the USB ports and connected everything using jump wires and a breadboard. There are a number of modes and scale settings and I not sure which I prefer yet.

The video below show me experimenting with different scales and mode settings.

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I need to do some re-designing of the base plate, is at the moment it is to low to fit wires, and I also like to add some mounting holes. Originally I was planning to use 32 magnets, giving me pulses per revolution.

I tried some test prints and came to the conclusion that this was a bit overkill, eventually I continued with To give some tactile feedback, I added a clicker that clicks on every quadrature step. The clicker consists of a round track of 64 shallow 0. So how to you create this type pulses with a hall sensor and magnets? A bipolar latch hall sensor switches on when it detects one magnetic pole lets say north and it switches off when it detects the other south magnetic pole. I also printed a base for the disc spin on and to hold the hall sensors in place.

The sensors are offset by Add the following snippet to your HTML:. I found the Arduino Leonardo to be a great way to manage my CNC machine with little programming effort. Read up about this project on. Besides that, a regular pendant for my controller board would cost euros and have only 2 buttons and a handwheel.

My pendant has 23 buttons with up to 6 functions per button and a handwheel. One comment could be, "it's large and heavy! When you connect the Leonardo to a pc, it 'sees' a keyboard. It all depends on the use of the right library for the Arduino sketch! After hours of searching I finally found a great library which I included on this page: Clickbutton. With this library, you get these possibilities for each momentary! Also you get debounce functionality in the Clickbutton library which is important.

Just an excerpt from my sketch for the 3 function X axis button key 13 :. I chose to use mahogany wood for the pendant enclosure.

I love to work with wood and the look and feel is wonderful. Also this way I could make a truly custom case which is not always possible with a ready made ABS type case you can buy for euros. The drawing was made with the Vectric Cut2D software. I'm glad I invested in this software package because it made the CNC learning curve a lot less steep and more fun.

It also helps you to design double sided jobs very easily. After sanding a little, the wood got many layers of clear varnish. The switches are great. You can put a label behind the clear top cover and if you want, you can lit the switch with the build-in LED.

Here is a video with dutch audio, only to let you hear the sound the switches make. My comments are not important. I did say that the switches are a bit loud but at least you know when you pushed them.

One downside of using these switches is that they need a rather high or 'thick' enclosure. The wood thickness was 21mm 0. Connecting the switches is so easy I use the Arduino build in pull-up resistors so all you have to do is connect one side of all the swiches to ground and the other side to the Arduino inputs. For labeling the switches I used a high quality Poly-Vinyl sticker for my color laserprinter. Also available for inkjet printers. Printing on regular paper was no option because you do see the structure of the paper very good when lit.

Then I took off the transparent caps from the switches and put the labels on the piece of plastic underneath it. The icons are the same as used in the Eding CNC software which is included with the hardware when you buy it.

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I just copied the JPEG icons from the software directory and I changed some in a graphics program to customise them for my need. So pulses per rotation, in most CNC software you can edit this value. This microcontroller board has been discontinued but I could buy it at several online shop. As an alternative you can use the Arduino Micro which uses the same 32u4 chip. The Arduino Leonardo has 23 input pins so more than enough. As said, you can assign 6 functions per button.

See the note below So you use of course the same USB plug which is used for emulating the keyboard.Add the following snippet to your HTML:. I found the Arduino Leonardo to be a great way to manage my CNC machine with little programming effort. Project tutorial by Erik de Ruiter. Besides that, a regular pendant for my controller board would cost euros and have only 2 buttons and a handwheel.

One comment could be, "it's large and heavy! When you connect the Leonardo to a pc, it 'sees' a keyboard. It all depends on the use of the right library for the Arduino sketch! After hours of searching I finally found a great library which I included on this page: Clickbutton. Also you get debounce functionality in the Clickbutton library which is important.

Just an excerpt from my sketch for the 3 function X axis button key 13 :. I chose to use mahogany wood for the pendant enclosure. I love to work with wood and the look and feel is wonderful. Also this way I could make a truly custom case which is not always possible with a ready made ABS type case you can buy for euros. The drawing was made with the Vectric Cut2D software. I'm glad I invested in this software package because it made the CNC learning curve a lot less steep and more fun.

It also helps you to design double sided jobs very easily. The switches are great.

arduino cnc mpg

You can put a label behind the clear top cover and if you want, you can lit the switch with the build-in LED. Here is a video with dutch audio, only to let you hear the sound the switches make. My comments are not important. I did say that the switches are a bit loud but at least you know when you pushed them. One downside of using these switches is that they need a rather high or 'thick' enclosure.

The wood thickness was 21mm 0. Connecting the switches is so easy I use the Arduino build in pull-up resistors so all you have to do is connect one side of all the swiches to ground and the other side to the Arduino inputs. For labeling the switches I used a high quality Poly-Vinyl sticker for my color laserprinter. Also available for inkjet printers. Printing on regular paper was no option because you do see the structure of the paper very good when lit. Then I took off the transparent caps from the switches and put the labels on the piece of plastic underneath it.

The icons are the same as used in the Eding CNC software which is included with the hardware when you buy it. I just copied the JPEG icons from the software directory and I changed some in a graphics program to customise them for my need.If you want to dive right in download the Quick Start Guide here.

If you get stuck check back here to find the detailed setup instructions. Happy making! I love the gShield from Synthetos! No, they are not paying me to say that. As a die hard gear head, electronics intimidate me.

I cannot say why, they just seem like a mystery. Mechanical stuff I get. I see how it works. Enter the Arduino. This created a completely new world for me. I mean I have been trying to let the manufacturers smoke out of the device for years now. The long running joke is that manufacturers pack smoke in electrical components that is let out when someone screws up and they fry the chip as demonstrated by the smoke coming out. And the best part is, I am not tied to a boat anchor of a PC with a parallel port typically required to run stepper motor drivers.

Correct me if I am wrong but I do not know of any industrial CNC controller that uses anything other than a parallel port. I mean come on! Please, someone put it out of its misery. Ok, my rant is done. One huge advantage of the grblShield with the Arduino is the ability to use a regular old USB connection. Welcome to the 21 st century. If I was to use a parallel port that means finding an old PC with a stable version of windows and probably using Mach3.

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If not, that is fine too.Annoyed at having to reach over to use his keyboard all the time, he stumbled upon a simple, but brilliant solution: A dedicated USB key pendant keypad. They can be had for a few dollars from China, and let you expand your keyboard possibilities… All [Mike] had to do was print off some stickers to put on the keys!

I picked one up for a 1 dollar at Goodwill for looping with Mobius. You can do wonders with a handful of buttons. I need to change the cord to a tough one, not that reel and fishline crap made for laptop and starsucks number crunching. Plus they have num lock which gives almost double the keys, thou I wont need them. That along with the laptop touchpad I just hacked to PS2 plug makes for some fantastic control for live sound creation dirt cheap!

I use it for tapping up voices with ZynAddSubFX on the small strip of space between 2 stacked keyboards. It has 4 analog axis, 14 buttons, nice long cord. My CNC controller software is not so accommodating with re-assigning keycodes.

All I had to do to make a similar controller pendant was pull the small PCB out of a spare XT USB keyboard, trace the board connections that corresponded to the few keyboard keys as required and solder tactile switches to them, slap the mess of switches and PCB into a plastic box and there you go.

Commercially available. Future posts. I cant justify spending hundreds of dollars on every little doo-dad and a pendant, while convenient, is not critical to my usage. I had a key laying around and this made sense. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. By using our website and services, you expressly agree to the placement of our performance, functionality and advertising cookies.

Learn more. Report comment. This is the pendant on my CNC setup and it is the bomb! Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Search Search for:. No Windshield?