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Estlecam hardware controller

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Ollieg, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Ollieg

    Ollieg Well-Known
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    I have decided to run estlecam on my new machine having never used an arduino before i would be keen to see either photos of your hardware or a wiring diagram. I have leadshine steppers and drivers and mouser power supplies plus limit switches, do they attach directly to the output/ input pins on the uno or do I need to use a shield? Separate question if i use an uno with wifi will this work with esltecam or does it require a USB cable?
     
  2. Giarc

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    I used a screw shield to make the connections easier. This is how you can wire external drivers. C-Beam cnc. And read the GRBL wiki it will help answer a lot of questions. gnea/grbl

    I have never tried wifi. I am too scared. The last thing I would want is a dropped signal or some other complication that screws up a long job or expensive material. Plus, I am not sure how you would zero it to your work piece without being physically present. I usean old cheap Windows 7 laptop someone gave me. It also allows me to use a generic Xbox controller as a pendant for jogging and zeroing.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, do you have a part number or link to the "screw shield" you used, I have a Uno Rev 3, what is the cnc shield recommended for use with estlecam? I'm hoping for something like attached I can follow for the Uno upload_2019-3-14_9-33-41.png
     
  4. Giarc

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    You do not need any type of shield for Estlcam. From the link I posted. gnea/grbl
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    Anything that is Arduino based will work with Estlcam. Estlcam will re configure it for you. Estlcam is the CAM and Controller I use. The above photo is how I wired mine to external DQ542ma stepper motor drivers. Kyo's diagram shows how to hook your arduino to a driver. You just have to replicate it for each axis. If you want a plug and play solution, order the board you showed in the picture if you can get them prebuilt. Better yet, order the Black Box controller from OpenBuilds. It costs about the same as 4 DQ542MA steppers and a genuine Arduino board with no soldering required. It can also drive the higher torque drivers.

    Making your own controller with an Arduino is not super difficult, but it can be time consuming. To make it somewhat easier, I used a screw shield like this for my UNO. All it does is make a screw terminal connection point for each pin on the arduino.
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    The Diagram you show above is hard to read but if you just substitute the Arduino where the controller card is, all the other components utilize the same pins unless the controller does not use GRBL. Then, you will have to seek help from someone else. I only know GRBL.
     

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