I have bought the 3020Z-D52, the new version with the black box, ballscrews and the couplings are spiral with set screw.
The machine is losing some steps and I don't know why happened this.
I replace the cables with shielded, I tried with different speeds but the problem hasn't solved.
I made an engrave, cutting in wood and the final result isn't good.
The letters are not straight, has inclination of a few degrees to the bottom.
The letters on the CAD are straight.
I have the same problem and with PCB engraving, cutting, drilling.
I'm thinking to buy the Gecko G540 but I don't know if the problem is from stepper driver.
make sure all the stepper couplings are tight, cut back your accelleration, and maybe your velosity (do a test with 1/2 the accel and 2/3 the velosity to see if that helps ). what I did was "drill a hole" - route a large patch in both x&y then come back and drill the same hole. This will tell you if you are loosing steps under load. If you are having problems with the Z direction - do several minutes of routing with varying Z depth - and then recheck you zero is still where you expect it.
I have the same controller, and slowing down the accell really really helped.
I tried different velocity times, acceleration times but the problem still alive so I made an order for the Gecko G540 and I'm waiting to receive it.
Now I have one question, Could I connect the PWM controller from D52 (black box) to VFD output of the Gecko to control the spindle via Mach3 or I need a new spindle controller? The spindle that I have is 230 Watt DC Motor.
Some days ago, I purchased a similar model (I say "similar" because not YOOCNC branded). It is equiped with the same controller YOOCNC NT65-3X
My machine is also losing steps on the X-axis, but only when returning.
I made some tests to identify what was wrong. See the following video :
Finally, I suspect the controller card which excludes the mechanical parts (rather a good news...).
I am in contact with the supplier. Hope to get a solution.
I will share it if it solves the issue.
Thank you for your response.
I had the same problem with the X when returning.
I tried several methods but without any good solution.
Then I bought the Gecko G540 and I solved the problem.
No missing steps and very smooth running.
I think you will loose your time with the 3020Z controller. I understand , the Gecko is little expensive but is the only solution if you want a very good result.
The chassis and the motor are good but the stepper controller is for the garbage.
Before buying a new controller, I have made some analysis with an oscilloscope and I have found the X signals were very noisy (more than Y and Z).
I have replaced C36 (electrolytic capacitor) by a new one and now, it works fine! I recommend also to add a 470 nF ceramic capacitor in parallel with C35, C36 and C37.
Hope it can help the community.
I replaced C35, C36 and C37. I also increased these to 2200uF (from 1000uF). Unfortunately it's still skipping occasional steps on the X-axis. The x-axis doesn't 'sound' as smooth as Y and Z.
To try some troubleshooting, I connected the Y-motor into the X-port of the controller, and the X-motor into the Y-port of the controller. Now the X-axis is okay, and the Y-axis was skipping steps. Now I know that it's definately the X-axis in the controller box that's the issue. I've analysed the controller PCB, and X, Y, Z circuitry all look identical. I then thought the 24v fan (next to the X-axis IC) might be causing interferance, so disconnnected it -- unfortunately still no fix.
Don't forget to add 470 nF ceramic capacitors between the power supply line and ground (pin 15 of each TB6560). The power supply line goes under the 0.5 ohm resistances (scape the vernish) as shown on the attached picture.
I don't have noticed any difference between low and high speed.
Let me know your results after adding the ceramic capacitors.