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  1. mcallisterracing
    mcallisterracing Mark Carew
    The latest update for the blackbox has it not working and it will not jog. Can you walk me through going back to a previous install?
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Apr 11, 2021 at 3:13 PM
  2. mohamed abo oody
    mohamed abo oody kallibaba
    hi pro
    can you help me
    i need the dimension of layers sand draw machien
  3. theracermark
    theracermark Gary Johnson
    Hi there Gary I think I figured it out how to send message. lets work together to sort out the PhlatPringer.
  4. Guy Bigfoot
    Guy Bigfoot Ariel Yahni
    i am looking for Firmware Grbl 1.1x as mu PC some how upgraded the firmware and now it does not work
    1. Ariel Yahni
      Ariel Yahni
      Hi Guy, i suggest you post this question as a Post in the general forum so the community can chime in on this.
      Mar 31, 2021
  5. David Simmonds
    David Simmonds Mark Carew
    Hello Mark, I am building an Aluminium boat from a kit. ' metal boat kits dot com ' . I need to CNC plasma or router cut Aluminium sheet up to 6000mm long . Is it possible to extend the length of your table to 6000mm . Many thanks David in the UK
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Hi @David Simmonds sounds like a great project! Instead of making the machine bigger I think you may be better off to cut the entire work in sections (or tilling as some cams call it) The idea is you can run a continuous job on the same material.
      Jan 18, 2021
    2. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Jan 18, 2021
  6. Dragos691
    Dragos691 alex_b
    Hi Everyone,
    I am a newbie on the open builts and trying to automate a NEMA17 linear actuator bundle with lead screw; my main goal is to automate with an ARDUINO + step motor drive a horizontal linear movement back and forth with a couple of limit switches; maybe even to vary the motor speed with the help of a potentiometer. Can I kindly have your feedback and direction as what components do I need?
  7. SIMONE RENIERO
    SIMONE RENIERO Mark Carew
    hello and Merry Christmas to everyone I have a doubt in the bad case the blackbox has a problem with a driver rather than another device will be possible to replace it or it will be destinate to the garbage?
    1. Peter Van Der Walt
      Peter Van Der Walt
      Jan 4, 2021
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  8. Mark Fletcher
    Mark Fletcher alex_b
    Mark Fletcher
    Mark Fletcher I am about 7 days old in the CNC world. I am planning to build the 1515 Lead CNC. I have a few questions:
    1. Will the structure support and operate correctly with a 2.2kw water cooled spindle?

    2. If not how detailed can a router be?

    3. I will not need a speed machine but I do want an accurate and precise machine.

    Any help would be nice.

    Thanks
    Mark Fletcher.
    1. alex_b
      alex_b
      Dec 24, 2020
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    2. alex_b
      alex_b
      You may have to make an adapter plate to interface it correctly, but this mount is the one we use. The structure should support it well. Our 2nd shop CNC is an older OX build and also uses a 2.2kW 80mm spindle.

      2) & 3) The precision of the Lead 1515 shouldn't be affected by the heavier spindle as long as your stepper motors have enough torque.
      Dec 24, 2020
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    3. alex_b
      alex_b
      You can use high inductance NEMA 23 motors if you care less about speed and want more holding torque at the lower end of the speed range. In my experience the real-world precision is determined by the software, no-backlash in the lead-screws, and available torque. 0.01mm cutting accuracy is attainable depending on your CAM. More if you tools are sharp and you run "spring" (repeat finishing passes) on parts.
      Alex
      Dec 24, 2020
  9. Mark Fletcher
    Mark Fletcher Giarc
    I am about 7 days old in the CNC world. I am planning to build the 1515 Lead CNC. I have a few questions:
    1. Will the structure support and operate correctly with a 2.2kw water cooled spindle?

    2. If not how detailed can a router be?

    3. I will not need a speed machine but I do want an accurate and precise machine.

    Any help would be nice.

    Thanks
    Mark Fletcher.
    1. Giarc
      Giarc
      I can't answer here because I am only allowed 420 characters. I sent you a message.
      Dec 18, 2020
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  10. John Heath
    John Heath Mark Carew
    I just finished assembling my black box 4x controller. I have 24vdc power supplied, I have the switch turned on, I have the nema 17 motors wired, I have limit switches wired. On the trouble shooting tab, I see the switches change state, but the motors do not turn, I see the numbers on the Openbuilds Control change, but the motors don't move. I;ve tried everything I can think of. Any help?
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Hello @John Heath Welcome to the OpenBuilds community. If you would not mind could you please post your question over in the Controllers forum so that the developers will see it and so that others can learn from it in case they find they run into the same issue. I thank you in advance. https://openbuilds.com/forums/controller-boards.28/
      Nov 27, 2020
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    2. Kevin S
      Kevin S
      I had the same problem and following the advice of others, I went back and checked my connections. The block box kit has several sets of two wire connections. I had used the wrong ones. I switched them out and that solved the problem.
      Dec 4, 2020
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  11. John Heath
    John Heath MaryD
    I just finished assembling my black box 4x controller. I have 24vdc power supplied, I have the switch turned on, I have the nema 17 motors wired, I have limit switches wired. On the trouble shooting tab, I see the switches change state, but the motors do not turn, I see the numbers on the Openbuilds Control change, but the motors don't move. I;ve tried everything I can think of. Any help?
    1. Peter Van Der Walt
      Peter Van Der Walt
      For support questions, please make use of our Forums instead of private / profile posts:
      Support is done via the public forum:
      - More people can see and thus answer your question quicker
      - The answers help other people searching for the same issue
      - Remember to search for your issue using the Search box. Its might already have been discussed a few times
      Dec 7, 2020
  12. John Heath
    John Heath Mark Carew
    Ok, I'm new to this. I got a Black Box controller. I have it wired to 3 Nema 17 motors. I installed and opened openbuild control, connected to the controller, and nothing. I tried to jog x and , the numbers increment on the openbuild control, but the motor doesn't move. I down loaded a g-file from sandify, and I get an error 22, rate not defined. What am I doing wrong?
  13. Sand X
    Sand X David Bourne
    I believe I read in a thread that you have 12mm leadscrews with anti-backlash nuts that will fit into a C-Beam? Do you have these in a 1600mm length?
    1. David Bourne
      David Bourne
      Hi, I can certainly obtain 1600mm length and longer, do you have whatsapp so we can communicate easier? Or send email to [email protected]
      Nov 9, 2020
  14. Valthol
    Valthol azrael_sk
    1. azrael_sk
      azrael_sk
      Hi, sorry, have not been here for some time.. I will check it when I have a bit of free time. Anything of interest in particular?
      Any chance you are in the Facebook Ooznest workbee group?
      Nov 13, 2020
  15. Darriel Fisher
    Darriel Fisher Mark Carew
    Is there a phone number for open builds ??My black box makes sparks .
    Blackbox to Open builds ot power outlet .From outlet to Dewalt
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Oct 31, 2020
  16. rksmith21
    rksmith21 Mark Carew
    Hi Mark,
    Can you please tell me the right wiring for the OPTLASERS PLH3D-2W Laser to BLACKBOX? This is for the ACRO 55.
    I believe that the 0-5v ANG (+) and the ANG GND (-) go to TOOL port and the VCC (+) and GND (-) go to 12v power supply. Can you please confirm this for me. Thanks Roger
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Oct 16, 2020
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    2. rksmith21
      rksmith21
      Thanks!
      Oct 16, 2020
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  17. RonFinlay
    RonFinlay alex_b
    Hi Alex. I hope it's OK to contact you re OpenBuilds, sketchup and plug-ins. I am completely lost trying to get the plug in to show up, & appear on sketchup make 2017 (free version). I'm trying to create G-code for my model to run a CNC milling machine. I can't find anything newer than 2013 & being on a Mac, none of the instructions make sense, being for windows. Any help would be great. Ron 647 528 3548, Toronto
    1. alex_b
      alex_b
      Hi Ron, Sorry I didn't reply earlier, I'm afraid I don't have any experience with Sketchup! I run TinyG controller with Chilipeppr interface with fusion360 CAD on PC. Hope you get it working.
      Nov 6, 2020
  18. ruben cabrera
    ruben cabrera Mark Carew
    1. Peter Van Der Walt
      Peter Van Der Walt
      Refer to section 6.3.7 of the document above for the next step:

      6.3.7 Contact the OpenBuilds Partstore

      If the above fails to correct the issue, contact the support team at the OpenBuilds Partstore for further assistance: |https://openbuildspartstore.com/contact-us-form/
      Sep 27, 2020
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  19. Karl Thorsen
    Karl Thorsen Metalguru
    Hello, it was suggested to me you were an open builds dealer in Canada.if so, I would like to know if you have a website to view pricing.
    Thank you,
    Karuul74
    1. Metalguru
  20. wvarn1957
    wvarn1957
    error running 1001nc "g code words consist of a letter and a value, letter was not found [:(PGM,NAME= "1001")]" How do I correct this?
  21. Srednasoft
    Srednasoft Kyo
    Hi Kyo,
    Is it possible to have a copy of the drawings for the large gantry plates for the Sphinx XL. I am trying to make them even higher, like 10-15cm higher, with thicker alu.
  22. Nomad1
    Nomad1 Mark Carew
    Two questions
    1. Can I use the openbuilds software wit windows XP
    2. Can I wire the router straight to the blackbox
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Aug 28, 2020
  23. Wolfgang Theiss
    Wolfgang Theiss Mark Carew
    In one of my projects I need to move two axis - each driven by 2 stepper motors. Can I configure the BlackBox controller to synchronize the X and Z motor, like it is done with the Y and Y2 motors?
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      You can simply wire the two motors in parallel on one axis. We did this a lot back in the day before we dedicated a driver to each motor.
      Aug 6, 2020
  24. Claus Stümke
    Claus Stümke AK-Creation
    Hallo,

    ich habe den Big Size 3D Printer den Sie gebaut haben jemanden abgekauft. leider ist er unvollständig. Ich hätte ein paar Fragen zu dem Gerät. Wäre es möglich hierzu mal zu telefonieren? Gerne eine PN an mich oder per E-Mail an [email protected]

    Gruß
    Claus
    1. AK-Creation
      AK-Creation
      Hallo Claus,
      entschuldige, dass ich auf deine Nachricht noch nicht geantwortet habe, aber irgendwie habe ich es nicht mitbekommen. Bin in letzter Zeit nicht mehr so oft auf dieser Seite.
      Hat sich deine Frage mitlerweile geklärt, oder kann ich noch helfen?

      Gruß Andreas
      Oct 14, 2020
  25. PAULTOMMY
    PAULTOMMY Mark Carew
    Hi Mark
    I have a c-beam xl and i am thinking of upgrading to the workbee 1500mm x 1000mm
    I will be purchasing the BlackBox controller and I am a little confused.
    I have the Vectric software and it works well but is it compatible with the BlackBox controller,, hope this makes sense?
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Hello @PAULTOMMY Yes the BlackBox will work with the 1500x1000 not problem. Really the only thing to keep in mind on that build is that its belt an pinion and so the steppers on the Y axis are facing opposite of each other. Because of this one stepper should be wired in reverse.
      Jul 27, 2020
    2. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Jul 27, 2020
  26. dennis weiner
    dennis weiner Mark Carew
    Hi Marc Carew,
    I am a hobbyist woodturner that has created a number of woodturning accessories using your vslots. I will be giving a remote zoom demonstration to my woodturning club(located in NJ) on that subject. I have cut vslot 20mm rail on my 10 table saw with no issues. I know that the question will come up regarding blade selection. So what brand/type of blade should I recommend when asked?
    1. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Jul 26, 2020
  27. BismarckDon
    BismarckDon
    When I jog the machine commands scrolling on screen and resulting “ok” but no movement. Black Box light for the USB flickers red. Any ideas?
    1. BismarckDon
      BismarckDon
      This is on a new C Beam build using OpenBuilds Control software
      Jul 7, 2020
  28. Bayardbob
  29. Graham Langsford
    Graham Langsford Ariel Yahni
    Hi, I have assembled a CNC router and have been able to get it to work but I cant seem to get the GRBL_0.8.1 software to display the tool path. I have written some text in Inkscape and converted to G-code and then been able to engrave on some MDF board. What I can't see to the image on the top panel of the GRBL software window to show me where the spindle will travel and my home point. Regards Graham
    1. Ariel Yahni
      Ariel Yahni
      Hi Graham, i suggest you post this question as a Post in the general forum so the community can chime in on this. Make sure to be specific on which software are you referring *** its unclear.
      Jun 19, 2020
  30. FBELL
    FBELL Fábio Pires
    Olá Fábio, sou novo por aqui. Visitei sua publicação: Frezar - Desktop CNC e não soube ver se há os planos de corte das peças. Poderia me ajudar? Gostei de seu projeto, obrigado, parabéns e abraços
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