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Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Michael LaBombard, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Michael LaBombard

    Michael LaBombard Well-Known
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  2. Alex Chambers

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    I personally can't help you with the electronics you are using but the first question people here are going to ask is what control software you are using.
    Alex.
     
  3. sharmstr

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    Its a Mach3 card. You didnt mention if you installed Mach3 or not.
     
  4. Michael LaBombard

    Michael LaBombard Well-Known
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    Mach3
     
  5. Michael LaBombard

    Michael LaBombard Well-Known
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    Yes, Mach3 and lic.
     
  6. MaryD

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    OpenBuilds BlackBox 4X Documentation


    Can I use the OpenBuilds Blackbox controller with Mach3/4


    No, the controller runs on GRBL Firmware which is almost like Mach3, except instead of running on a computer and controlling stepper drivers via a parallel port, Grbl runs INSIDE the BlackBox itself. You simply send it GCODE over USB from our OpenBuilds CONTROL software
    This provides a modern way of driving CNCs. No need for an older PC with a LPT port (USB is everywhere!), easier to setup, no wiring needed, no licence needed (powered by Free Software and Open Source Firmware)
     
  7. Michael LaBombard

    Michael LaBombard Well-Known
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    I'm buying the Black Box anyway.
     
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    Mark Carew OpenBuilds Team
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    Hello @Michael LaBombard ,
    Glad to see your using a BlackBox and your up and running! :thumbsup:
    If you're looking for a good software for doing some 2D-3D carving/cutting on your machine please have a look at Vectrics products - I like Vcarve Desktop for our size machines it does it all. For laser Software please have a look at LightBurn. Both of these softwares will create the gcode needed from your projects to use on your machine.
    Hope this helps
    Mark
     
  9. Michael LaBombard

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    Thanks, I'll take a look.
     

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