So i treated me with a bunch of upgrades over the holidays and i thought i’ll share my upgrade process here.
So starting point is 2015 stock x-carve with nema23 motors. A wile back i made my own controller box with a spindle relay, a probe connector and the three control buttons. And an enclosure to reduce the dust and the noise.
Here is a link to the easel project for my old controller box and v1.0 for the new one
as mentioned the new ones is not ideal and i’ll have to make some changes and cut it again when the machine is assembled again.
if anyone has some ideas or advice, i’m open to suggestions.
some question about power for spindle (and maybe dust collection. at the moment i have 3 power input terminals going in the controller box, one for the psu one for the spindle and one vor a vac/dust collection. Would it be ok to have just one input and split it inside the controller box ?
I’m also playing with the idea to make my own custom breakout board for the Arduino.
I played a little with EasyEDA and im far from knowing what i do so maybe someone with more knowledge may have a look at the pcb design i came up with.
so After nobody had something to say to my breakout board I just ordered it. I’m super happy with the ordering process. 10 boards costed me 2$ and shipping was free for my first order. Arrived 4 days later and the plugs I order came a few days later.
It seams I made a mistake with one of the connection cable between the machine and the controller box. When I use the false cable the driver do not show the green light as soon as I connect the cable. When I’m sending commands the blue light of the driver is blinking but the green light is always of. I checked for contenuity or shortages and couldn’t find any problem so I have to tear it down again to see if there is a problem. Does somebody have any idea what causes the driver to not work.
So I have a spare cable i could try everything seems to work fine and my breakout board seems to work fine. I still have to test the limit switches buttons and spindle output. But for the moment i’m pretty happy with it.