Does any onyone out there have a schematic diagram of controller box that illustrates the wirings of the power supply to the gecko drives and to the computer terminals??
Thank you WayneHill.
One more thing, at the bottom right of the schematic: 'Disclaimer', it says 'Error may exist'.., has anyone built a working controller ? if yes, plese post a pic..
Happytriger, I'm pretty sure the schematic is correct. it's dated in 2001. If there was indeed an error, someone would have found and mentioned it.
But here's another you can compare to. This is one that I used while wiring mine. http://www.homecnc.info/servo%20box.pdf
Thank you DAB Design
Im a biginner, I want to make sure b4 I build it, otherwise it will bring me more problems...With the schmatic, I can ask someone who knows electronics to help me to do the wirings. It has been more than 1 month since I bought the G320 and I still haven built a controller for my machine, cos lack of electronic knowledge..
One more question: what software is best for this controller?
One thing I noticed on the wiring diagram that you listed is that the 36V DC fan is connected to the AC terminals of the Bridge! It should go to the DC terminals.
AKA Country Bubba (Older Than Dirt)
Happytriger, you'll find that most people here will suggest one of two programs to use. Of course there are others. But the most suggested would be Mach2(www.artofcnc.ca) and TurboCNC(www.dakeng.com).
Mach2 is Windows based. So you need a somewhat fast processor to run it. It is also a bit picky with some hardware.
TurboCNC is DOS based.
I've tried both. I perfer Mach2. The main reason (silly as it may sound) is that it shows the position of an axis as it's moving. TurboCNC only show's "in motion". Not a big deal, but it's something I like.
They both have demos. Download them and try them out. You don't have to have anything hooked up to load them and take a look.
Bubba, I guess I should check to see how mine is wired!
Thank you for your advice DAB Design,...1 more question, Do I need a breakout boards and what is it for?
No, you don't need a breakout board. They are basically a go-between your drivers (geckos) and your parallel port. They make wiring easier, and there are several 'flavors' that have different options.
I didn't use one. But will next time.
Maybe someone else can explain what they do better?
The breakout board I used in that pic was from Dean @ Axxus Technologies. He has now told me that he does not want to make the board anymore. I'm looking at the board from www.cnc4pc.com It looks good for a basic board and not too expensive.
Jeff Davis (HomeCNC)
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