I got a wild hair up my ass a while ago and decided to get a cnc router. I don't know diddly about how to run it either. It's a K2 5050 with exterior ball screws and running on mach 3. What can I do, aside from taking classes right now, to learn some basic things on getting started?
Any help is appreciated.
Mach3 2010 Screenset
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Got the thing running and actually did some engraving in wood. The vac slipped a little on the U. Was smaller piece of wood, so not enough area to hold it still.
I have the same machine and several other CNC mills with the Mach 3 controller. I teach in High Schools as an advisor to their shop programs. I will put together a little tutorial kit for you over the coming weekend. I would also encourage you to check into the Tormach site. Do some digging around in their site and you will fine a lot of good information on programming the Mach 3 as well. The Mach 3 system gets customized a little by each manufacturer that adopts it as their controller software but most of the Tormach info applies. Have you been on the ArtSoft Mach 3 site? The manual is pretty good that they have on there as well but it is not as much entry level as the Tormach. I cannot post a URL but this is the document you want from ArtSoft. (machsupport.com/docs/Mach3Mill_1.84.pdf). If you private message me I can get you a few more items to work with.