Greetings fellow CNC mad scientists! I long to join your ranks! I'm newer than new, and have had the CNC bug for a while, but only now decided to tackle the idea of building my own CNC router. I've started with electronics.
I've got wired up on my desk a mechatronics 3-axis stepper controller board with 3 nema 23 motors. (This kit on ebay) It's all attached to an IBM laptop with Kcam (Kellyware's Cam program) and Mach 3 on it.
After fussing with the hardware, I got the motors turning fine with Kcam, but I can't get Mach to do anything at all. I've referenced the manual a few times, watched the setup tutorial videos and even aced the quiz at the end of the setup video. There must be some little setting mired deep in the inner workings of Mach that I'm missing.
The only diagnostic that I'm getting is a red LED on "Enable 1" at the diagnostic screen, but can't figure out a) if that's a bad sign (I think it is) and b) how to rectify it.
Any wisdom you folks can spare would be highly appreciated!