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podolskiy
08-26-2012, 12:49 AM
Hello.
I an new to CNC machining.
Do I understand this correctly:
I make a drawing of a part using some CAD program. (I have Solidworks installed)
Than I use a program like SolidCAM to generate G-Code for the machine that I am going to use and for the end mill that I am going to use.
Than I use a program like Mach3 to drive the CNC machine with that G-Code.
I recently ordered this control module from Ebay:
TB6560 3 Axis Step Stepper Motor Driver Controller 3.5A

Is this all going to hypothetically work together?
The machine is a simple 3 axis machine with a Zen Toolworks spindle installed.

Would I need to rig a circuit to control the spindle?

On what level (CAM/parallel port control software) would I need to specify what to do if limit switches are closed or if I want to raise the spindle and turn it off to cool the motor and the tool ?

Thank you.

ger21
08-26-2012, 07:58 AM
Do I understand this correctly:
I make a drawing of a part using some CAD program. (I have Solidworks installed)
Than I use a program like SolidCAM to generate G-Code for the machine that I am going to use and for the end mill that I am going to use.
Than I use a program like Mach3 to drive the CNC machine with that G-Code.
I recently ordered this control module from Ebay:
TB6560 3 Axis Step Stepper Motor Driver Controller 3.5A

Is this all going to hypothetically work together?

Yes, that's correct.


The machine is a simple 3 axis machine with a Zen Toolworks spindle installed.

Would I need to rig a circuit to control the spindle?

I don't know if you can control the RPM, but you can use a relay to turn it on/off from Mach3.


On what level (CAM/parallel port control software) would I need to specify what to do if limit switches are closed or if I want to raise the spindle and turn it off to cool the motor and the tool ?

Mach3 would handle all of that.