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Advice on controller, driver for C-Beam Sphinx (on windows)

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by ashish B, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. ashish B

    ashish B Well-Known
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    While I wait for partial order from Aliexpress and rest gets ordered on openbuilds store, I am holding back on ordering the controller and drivers.
    I will be using 4 nema 23 HT (425 oz) motors and a 36V supply and most likely 1.8KW water cooled spindle.

    There are many choices out there and me being the usual first timer, it is a big confusion.
    I really don't want to go Linux route because (a) I do not know Linux at all and (b) I do not want to spend money on another machine. Would like to choose stuff for Windows . Please guide.
     
  2. Giarc

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    Arduino board and DQ542ma drivers. I used a screw shield on the Arduino to make it easier to wire everything up. The Sphinx build has a very good write up in hooking everything up.

    edit: see this: UNO GRBL DQ542MA Wiring Methods
     
  3. ashish B

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    and it works on windows ?
     
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    Yes. And on Mac and Linux. GRBL is free and so are the various interfaces. Using Grbl · grbl/grbl Wiki · GitHub I use GRBL Panel on a windows based compiuter.
     
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    There is also Smoothieboard 5xC v1.1 . It has 2 amp drivers on it if you do not need more than that, or it can be used to control larger drivers like the DQ542MA drivers.
     
  6. Kyo

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    Yeah, Craig is correct. grbl is the firmware running on the Atmega chip and does not care what OS you run. No matter Linux / Windows / OSX you have a lot of control gui's to choose from.

    Windows OS options to only name a few. There are a lot :thumbsup:..
    - Grbl Panel
    - Bcnc
    - Universal G-code Sender
    - Source Rabbit
    - Candle
    - Laserweb4
     
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    Anything that works under Linux?
     
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    Most are cross platform and run on Linux perfectly. With the exception of grbl panel ( windows only ) all of the prior posted links will get you started. I run Laserweb4 and Bcnc, try each for your self and see what you like. :thumbsup:
     
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    Kyo,

    Thanks I just spent two hours of my rather precious life trying to get UGS running under Mint. The hell of it was that I got the Java Code working but try as I might when the dreaded Java went to open the specified port all I got was from the Java Universal Gcode Sender
    "Error opening connection (gnu.io.NoSuchPortException);null"
    This I could not beat.
    "Java write once troubleshoot one thousand times"

    BTW "ctob.sh" just went to version number 0.007, (http://docbox.flint.com:8081/3Dprint#ctob.sh)

    Regards,

    Flint.
     
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    Kyo,

    A favor... Where is the URL for the cvmachine gcode examples?

    Thanks,

    Paul
     

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