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    Novakon has, for some time, been very interested in moving to a better motion controller and software for their machines. I have been working with them to survey the options, and help make the selection, hence the reason I've been "interviewing" motion controllers and software lately.

    I'm happy to report, we have settled on the UCCNC ETH-400. The hardware part of this is a small Ethernet motion controller very similar to the current SmoothStepper, in form-factor, but with a number of very significant advantages, the MOST important being that, while it can run with Mach3, it can also be run with UCCNCs own controller software. After spending a few days playing with both hardware and software, I am quite impressed by both the hardware and software.

    To start, hardware and software configuration was incredibly quick easy. In fact, about 10 minutes after unpacking the board, it was installed, largely configured, and moving all three axes and the spindle on my Pulsar, including having the necessary functionality for rigid tapping. I spent about half a day really studying how best to configure things, and ended up making a few changes, particularly to the spindle configuration, to make it operate even better.

    The configuration dialogs in the UCCNC software are very straight-forward - much more-so than those in Mach3, with everything logically arranged, so all the settings for each axis are easy to find, as they are all in one place. As an added bonus, I was able to free up two output signals, with no loss of functionality! For Pulsar owners, a very simple hardware change will even enable peck-rigid-tapping using canned cycles, and spindle indexing!

    The GUI is, overall, quite intuitive, and provides all the functionality most users would ever need or want. It is very logically organized, so the learning curve is relatively short. Documentation is also very good, and kept up-to-date with each new release.

    Perhaps the best feature of the whole system is that almost everything is highly configurable, and through a FAR better, easier interface than those available with Mach3. Since the whole controller application is written using Microsoft .NET, plug-ins can be written using ANY .NET language - c#, c++, VisualBasic, Pascal, COBOL, Javascript, etc.. Plug-ins and macros are fully supported, along with a far more sophisticated "macro-pump" capability. Custom screensets are fully supported, and anyone who has done a Mach3 screenset should find them fairly easy to do. Custom M-codes are easy as well. It supports MODBUS, and while there is plenty of support for off-the-shelf pendants and other peripherals, even a custom pendant or other controller is fairly easily do-able. Supporting my ATC, for example, I expect will be only an afternoons work.

    And, the software is still under active development, with new features being added on a regular basis. I am actually looking forward to retiring the custom controller application I wrote for the KFlop and switching to a UCCNC controller with my own screenset!

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    Ray L.

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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    Looking forward to learning more about the ETH-400. How long have you been running the ETH-400 before making the decision?

    Steve



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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    Someone definitely cost there company a lot of money, Thats a win for UCCNC

    UCCNC ETH-400

    Being Disabled is OK CNC is For fuN


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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    I've only been running it here a few days, but I have several friends who've been running it for as much as 5+ years, and have created screensets, plug-ins, macros, etc. for the UCCNC products. Several of them are very well known on these forums, and others. I have yet to hear a single bad word from anyone who's actually used the UCCNC products, and all my dealings with the folks who created them have been very positive.

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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    You should look at the UC300ETH with the UB1 breakout board.
    Lots of 24V I/O, plus analog I/O for spindle and FRO.

    The UC300ETH is only about $20 more than the UC400ETH, and gives you a lot more.

    UC300ETH-UB1 [UC300ETH-UB1] - $320.00 : CNCRoom, The Room for CNC'ers, from Mini to Big machine, from Hobbyists to Gurus - ????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

    Gerry

    UCCNC 2017 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2017.html

    Mach3 2010 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

    JointCAM - CNC Dovetails & Box Joints
    http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    The UC300 breajout board is, according to its spec sheet, limited to 100kHz step frequency. On the Pulsar, I'm using the full 400kHz range of the ETH400. The ETH400 is a drop-in replacement for the SmoothStepper, with no wiring changes required. And, it still has one full port, plus a few pins, uncommitted, so its using less than half the I/O on the ETH400. Even I don't need any more than that, and I expect I have more I/O on my machine than most people would.

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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    Did you look at the link I posted?
    The ethernet UC300ETH has the same 400Khz step rate as the UC400ETH.
    You must have looked at the older USB UC300.

    Gerry

    UCCNC 2017 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2017.html

    Mach3 2010 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

    JointCAM - CNC Dovetails & Box Joints
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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    No cutter compensation with G40,G41, and G42?



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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    Quote Originally Posted by Titaniumboy View Post
    No cutter compensation with G40,G41, and G42?
    Yes there is. But you need to use the latest UCCNC version.



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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    I had went through the manual at the UCCNC website, but did not realize it was written for a much earlier version of the software.

    I just went through the change log at the UCCNC forum and I did not see it in the latest version 1.2047 which was released December 21, 2017?



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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    It's in the latest test release, as it's still in development. It needs a little fine tuning, but it's close.

    forum.cncdrive.com ? View topic - UCCNC test releases posted in this thread

    Gerry

    UCCNC 2017 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2017.html

    Mach3 2010 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

    JointCAM - CNC Dovetails & Box Joints
    http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

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    Default Re: UCCNC ETH-400

    Screenset Gerry posted link to looks pretty solid, although I don't see any jogging controls,

    I assume that the software will be enhanced to support tool changer.



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