When building a workshop this one of them tool everyone should have in a dream scenario. I was browsing facebook and sore one for a great price way cheaper than I had seen it anywhere else so was a no-brainer clicked and bought one.
I thought was too good to be true and in this case, it was. Lucky I had paid via PayPal and managed to get a refund of the 299 NZD. Do not buy from buildotory.com its a con and there is a whole group of people who did lose their money on Facebook.
The second time around I found a smaller version for a reasonable price from a Chinese seller in Germany.
3 days later 1 box turned up was a little worried as I had read it comes in 3 boxes, I contacted the seller who assured me the all 3 had been sent.
the next day 2 more boxes turned up. heavey boxes at that a whacking 53kg in total so walking them from my office to the car was a dumb idea that I did.
As the wife was out with our newborn or coming back from wales I unpacked the machine in the house.
As usual with most things you order from China, there was no instructions bar a 350 meg file download link. this contained mach3 set up guide. a video that shows him setting up the machine not building it.
Don’t panic! it’s not that hard to set up 4 large hex bolts to attach the gantry to the bed of the machine then some small bolts hold the wiring chain to the base and 6 screws to hold the 2-bed skirts and cable chain runner to the frame.
After this you will have to connect all the motors with there connectors then it’s as simple as running the wires to the controller box. these wires are labelled X, Y, Z and A if you have the 4th axis like I do.
you will also need to connect 2 hoses for water cooled spindle if your version is the 800w the low rated versions are air cooled.
Software set up:
I downloaded the file that I had been emailed via seller it came with pdf on settings for mach3 in chinglish, it also came with Mach3 software in English and Chinese with patch files,
I followed the instructions and plugged in the USB cable to my laptop for time being.
once installed and all settings adjusted I tested it out. It alive have spun up the 800watt spindle and controlled it on all axis bar A as not installed as yet.
Things to note:
According to the seller, this will not work with 64bit versions of windows it does and windows 10 think this disclaimer was written about parallel port versions of the board which this isn’t.
The Near Future:
its now gathering dust in the man cave until I have some moments to build an enclosure for it. being as I will mainly be using for wood it’s going to need one as I don’t want to get dust every ware in my small man cave. Update I have ordered the boards to make the enclosure so should be up and be running soon.
I will be building it a pc to run mach3 as a stand-alone machine with vnc viewer on it. This is so I can remote in from master pc in the man cave will make easier for live stream setups in the future. Update Built PC just need to test it with mach3.
I have already taken the control box apart to have a look at the controller board.
From looking in the box I can see there are spare pins for touch probe and end stops will be adding them soon.
see wiring diagram I found on the mach3 controller installed in my control box.
I have also ordered a probe to install and connectors to wire it up will install it soon.
I will review the machine soon as I have had some free time to set it all up
The first Project:
I have already designed a waste board for it as teaching myself CNC/CAM design as it simple to pick up as I already know how to use fusion 360 which has a cam package as part of the software. there are also other great bits of software out there.