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Mark Carew

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Making the future! May 8, 2020

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    1. ruben cabrera
      ruben cabrera
    2. Nomad1
      Nomad1
      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
    3. Wolfgang Theiss
      Wolfgang Theiss
      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
    4. PAULTOMMY
      PAULTOMMY
      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
    5. dennis weiner
      dennis weiner
      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
    6. Alden Florio
      Alden Florio
      Hello I bought the C-Beam® Linear Actuator Bundle with the motor. I was wondering what wires correspond to A+, A-, B+, and B-?
      1. Mark Carew
        Jul 26, 2020
    7. Darriel Fisher
      Darriel Fisher
      I Have a Bulkman 1500X1500
      I have Mach3 with it ,I would like to get rid of it .Would like" Open" like my 3018 has .
      What would i need Just a black box ?????
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Yes a BlackBox would do the trick. Then you have your choice of any grbl based control software. Here at OpenBuilds we are partial to OpenBuilds CONTROL - https://software.openbuilds.com/
        May 17, 2020
    8. olivier gauthier
      olivier gauthier
      hello , i have receive the blackbox but it's not working? i have follow the instruction video ,plug everything right , i can connect to the blackbox .... see on the picture .can you help me solve this ? it write that i need a controller whit grbl 1.1x on it??
      1. Gary Caruso
        Gary Caruso
        Hi Oliver, best place to ask questions is on the BlackBox forum page, BB is pre-loaded, did you install the drivers on your PC? follow the connecting steps on the BB Docs, link at the product page. Cheers Gary
        May 16, 2020
    9. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Making the future!
    10. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Making the future!
    11. Guillaume Rancourt
      Guillaume Rancourt
      Hey Mark, I'm trying to run a standard grbl g-code on the control software, i'm usinf Fusion 360 to produce the code and normally it works but this time, after 30 minutes, the preview won't even load. any idea why?
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        May 7, 2020
    12. Mike Longden
      Mike Longden
      Thanks Mark, I'm looking forward to the CNC journey ahead of me. The value of being a group member is infinite, and I greatly appreciate your assistance as well as all others that I may need assistance from in the future. I will definitely be checking out the tutorials. Thanks Again. Mike
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      2. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        You're more than welcome @Mike Longden
        Welcome aboard, you are among friends here. Have fun!
        Apr 21, 2020
    13. Mike Longden
      Mike Longden
      Hello Mark, I'm new to this and just got finished up building my Workbee 1010. I have VCarve Pro and would like to use it on this machine. Are there any instructions available for the setup process for doing this?
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hi Mike. Welcome to CNC! Yes there are a ton of tutorials on how to use VCarve on this machine. The typical work flow is to work up a design using tool paths (your machines cutting path and style) in V Carve and then you out put the file in a format called Gcode which is what our machines understand.
        Apr 21, 2020
      2. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        When you go to save the gcode file it will have a drop down with a lot of options for output formats. You just pick grbl if you are using a BlackBox controller. We hope to do a beginners quick start video guide soon, but until then be sure to check out some of the more in depth projects some of the community have done.
        Apr 21, 2020
      3. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        You will get some ideas from here as well as looking up V carve tutorials. Hope this helps. Jump in and have fun!
        Apr 21, 2020
    14. Coach
      Coach
      Mark - about a year and a half ago I built a Workbee machine, I am having fun with the machine however I have one problem. My "Z" axis has what I think to be to much play back and forth - side to side is perfect - I have replaced the wheels, bearings, screws and the "C" channel but nothing has solved the wiggle problem. What would be your suggestion?
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hello, glad to see your having fun with your WorkBee. It could be a lot of factors over timing loosing of things from vibrations. It sounds like you already worked though most of the know areas, so thats good. If all of your Z axis parts are night and tigh I would move out to the X and make sure the beam is secure to the plates.
        Apr 15, 2020
      2. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        From there move out to the Y axis and make sure the wheels are all making tight contact with the rail. Through this process you are sure to discover where this play is coming from. Hope this helps.
        Apr 15, 2020
    15. valayer rene
      valayer rene
      bonour je suis petit nouveau et francais depuis quelques jours quand j'ouvre openbuild cam la grille de gauche a la palce du projet reste noire meme si j'ouvre hello world ou tout autre fichiers importés j'ai essayé de l'ouvrir plusieurs fois avec le meme resultat je suis bien connecte a internet avez vous une idee de ce soucis cordialement rene
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Bonjour et bienvenue dans la communauté OpenBuilds. Je suis désolé d'entendre que vous rencontrez ces problèmes. Je viens de faire un test et il semble fonctionner parfaitement, donc je suppose qu'il y a un problème avec votre carte vidéo qui ne peut pas traiter la 3D correctement. Veuillez consulter le fil de support d'OpenBuilds CAM ici pour en savoir plus. J'espère que cela vous aidera à être opérationnel.
        Feb 29, 2020
      2. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Feb 29, 2020
    16. geneo
      geneo
      I am new to OpenBuilds. How do you post to the forums?
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hello @geneo and welcome to the OpenBuilds community! To post just click on the forum tab above and then click into the forum your interested in. At the bottom of the page write your message and then click post reply.
        Feb 19, 2020
      2. MaryD
        MaryD
        Click on the forum you'd like to post a new thread in, for example, "General Talk". Once General Talk is open, you'll see a blue button in the upper right hand side of the screen to start . Quick link for posting to General Talk https://openbuilds.com/forums/general-talk.40/create-thread Look forward to seeing you around!
        Feb 20, 2020
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    17. Joseph D Bacino
      Joseph D Bacino
      Is there a quick link somewhere on the site to the CAD files for the Openbuild parts?
      1. Gary Caruso
        Gary Caruso
        Hi Joseph, you can see at the bottom of most product pages there is a CAD link.
        Cheers
        Gary
        Dec 25, 2019
      2. MaryD
    18. Benfish65
      Benfish65
      Mark, I sent a email but haven’t heard anything back yet.

      Does the machine come with everything you need?
      On the C-Beam options is shows that there is a control board that is out of stock. If I buy the machine, what control comes with it?
      Do you sell the water cooled spindles?
      Do you offer free shipping
      If I’m close to you can I pick up the package to save on shipping cost?
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hello @Benfish65 Thank you for contacting me. It looks like the Part Store Team is reaching out to you on this as we speak, but I can say that there is a wiring video in the works for the the C-Beam Machine and the BlackBox! It should be available soon. Thank you and all the best with your Build.
        Oct 7, 2019
    19. vze2pm3q
      vze2pm3q
      Hey Mark, I'm building an c-beam plate maker cnc, but my Z-axis doesn't seem like it'll go low enough to touch thespoiler board. Any suggestions
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hello, yes you can cut and lower the 2 side columns to the height you need. All the best with your build!
        May 15, 2019
    20. jamin35008
      jamin35008
      I'm very new to all this. Considering this package: black rails, wiring kit, NEMA high torque motors, power bundle, thinking of opting for blackbox controller, and the dust shoe. I'm thinking of purchasing Vcarve to complement the LEAD 1010 along with using openbuilds software. Would you mind letting me know if this is everything I would need to get started? Do instructions for assembly come with the build?
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      2. jamin35008
        jamin35008
        Hey RC. I searched for this on the Xcarve Facebook page and found a topic that discusses this with several people and they all say that they have moved their machine after it was assembled. With that I'm probably going to assemble mine inside and move it outside after its done.
        Feb 28, 2019
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      3. RCNunya
        RCNunya
        Did you decide on ordering the blackbox controller?
        Mar 1, 2019
      4. jamin35008
        jamin35008
        Yes. I'm going to. From what I've been reading it will have enough power to handle the high torque stepper motors.
        Mar 1, 2019
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    21. Derek Boreman
      Derek Boreman
      Mark I seen you replied to someone about a phone number for support in April of last year. I am looking to buy the Lead Machine and I’d like to purchase it through your eBay store as I have a PayPal offer that expires tonight at midnight.

      Any chance you know how to make that happen?

      I’ve emailed the parts store. Sent a message of Facebook, and filled out a contact form.

      I have until midnight to make the order.
      1. MaryD
        MaryD
        This is the proper way to contact support. You've done all the right things. If you are not getting a timely response, please let me know.
        Jan 22, 2019
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    22. Dzzoner
      Dzzoner
      Can you recommend a C-Beam Linear Actuator Bundle that has been used or would work well for the original OX build? I am looking for an upgrade from mine that would give me a stiffer z axes. Has anyone done this?.
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Jan 20, 2019
    23. jw42lee
      jw42lee
      @Mark Carew Hello Mark, So we decided to go with the bigger size V Wheels than the mini wheels. However I have one question about the wheels. Are these V Wheels corrosion resistant and is it okay for to be used outdoor?
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hello, The plastic can be compromised if using conventional oil, so be sure that only silicone is used. You should be able to use them outdoors as the FarmBot guys do this for their framing robot and it seems to be working just fine. Testing would be your best bet to see if this works for you. All the best with your Build, please be sure to share so we all learn from one another.
        Dec 8, 2018
    24. lismont
      lismont
      I use the soft "PROCESSING" to control my table.
      I have an "openbuilds 1050 XYZ".
      I would like a list of possible commands between PROCESSING and the XPRO card.
      For example "$ H" allows me to do a homing etc ....
      Thanks for your help.

      Greetings
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Oct 31, 2018
      2. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        menu is on the right of the page
        Oct 31, 2018
      3. lismont
        lismont
        Thank you so match excuse for my English
        Oct 31, 2018
    25. FBELL
      FBELL
      Congratulations on the work, thank you for your support and successes. Greetings from my QTH Brazil .
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    26. jw42lee
      jw42lee
      Hello Mark, I am currently assembling Delrin Mini V Wheel Kit on a M5 screw and I have 8x5x1 precision shims on both sides of the wheel. When i tighten the assembly and roll the wheels, it makes clicking noise,which makes me think that the shims rubbing against the outer rim of the wheel bearing. Is there a way to fix this problem? Perhaps smaller OD shims? I have a shim in between the bearings
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hello @jw42lee this clicking noise I believe is actually a bad bearing. I have had this happen in the past and that usually the case and happens from time to time in manufacturing. Please reach out the OpenBuilds Part Store Team with your order # and they will get you taken care right away. https://openbuildspartstore.com/contact-us-form/
        Oct 3, 2018
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      2. jw42lee
        jw42lee
        @Mark Carew Thank you for your reply! I will follow up with the post if further assistance is needed.
        Oct 4, 2018
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      3. jw42lee
        jw42lee
        @Mark Carew Hello Mark, So we decided to go with the bigger size V Wheels than the mini wheels. However I have one question about the wheels. Are these V Wheels corrosion resistant and is it okay for to be used outdoor?
        Oct 26, 2018
    27. frankrcfcfb
      frankrcfcfb
      I've got the original Phlatprinter. But it's getting tired. Any "Kit's" available to replace it?
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      2. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hi Frank, thats awesome! At the moment no, but it is a project that I have in the cue to remake using the OpenBuilds system
        Sep 28, 2018
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      3. frankrcfcfb
        frankrcfcfb
        That's great. Even a different version would work for sure. Got to feed my habit lol
        Sep 28, 2018
    28. gibson
      gibson
      hi mark is there a way to hook up a dust boot on this model so its stationary
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hi Gibson - OpenBuilds is working on a design for a nice dust boot, but in the meantime check out the one at KentCNC - https://www.kentcnc.net/nc
        Sep 22, 2018
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    29. foamflyer45
      foamflyer45
      Hi Mark, This is Ernie. I'm having a problem with my Phlatprinter 3. When I send a job, it starts ripping the foam in a diagonal all the way across the FFF. Tried a test simple 2 inch square drawing and does the same. I can jog the machine via the controller software in every direction. I need your help in trouble shooting this issue. Thanks [email protected]
      1. Mark Carew
        Mark Carew
        Hi Ernie, Awesome to hear your running the Phlatprinter! I will look at your email today and see if I can figure out what may be happening. Good to hear from you brother!
        Sep 18, 2018
    30. Mark Carew
      Mark Carew
      Hey guys I am going into radio silence for a bit as we are working on some exciting new things we can wait to share! Stay tuned
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