So I have recently upgraded my 1000m x 1000m X-carve with TBD’s full suite of options including; super grade screw-drive upgrade kit, super grade direct-drive z-axis, and the newest upgrade, super grade linear rail kit. I use my machine a lot and thought it would be worth the near 1500 to get all the goods.
So after getting everything installed, I find myself running into a variety of issues. The most pressing issue is that I can not get my machine to move in proper increments.
Backstory, I primarily use Vectric Aspire, for those of you that are familiar with Vectric, it comes with VTransfer. I have always used this in place of UGS or anything else.
So when I plug my machine in and connect to VTransfer, my machine is in an error state right from the get go. I home the machine and find my new home position is off the wasteboard (this is fine since the machine limit switches require it to be where it now is. I jog to what I want it to be (after homing sequence has run properly, to include my z probe) and then make this my new home position. I load up a toolpath file to try and print a square with a couple of test words inside it. No such luck, the machine moves about .75" and bottoms out till I hit the E-stop. This is in VTransfer.
I then downloaded UGS and ran that program. The machine is not in an error state. It shows connected and in idle. From here I run the home sequence which works fine. I then look to jog the machine to where I want the home to be. Now it gets weird. I tell the machine to move 8mm and it only moves 1.63mm. Plus it does this in the absolute slowest way possible. I then adjust the $100 and $101 settings hoping to speed it up or at least get the machine to move the correct amount. Still not working. I have asked Luke from TBDcnc to help but I know that he is busy so our correspondence is slow going. I have been at a standstill for over 2 weeks now just trying random things and I have no idea what the issue is.
I have gone onto Inventables easel program and messed with it on there and it will jog “what seems like the correct distance/speed, per click” but that is it. No other changes that I have tweaked or messed with concerning Gcode config have made any difference.
Also, in the beginning, I was trying to see how many mm the wasteboard was so I jogged the machine manually to the back of the wasteboard. It was something like 4500mm which didn’t make sense.
I know this explanation may be crap but I have to start somewhere, I can post video and pics if that helps, I just need to know what of.
Thanks for any help I get guys!