USB to CNC is now a reality! CNC motion controller is a link between personal computer and drivers for stepper motors. It uses a USB port which is available on all modern computers and laptops. This is a complete (software/hardware) solution and it does NOT require any additional software (Mach3 is NOT needed). USB CNC controller is compatible with most step/dir drivers. It has the same pinout as popular PICStep and PMinMO drivers. It can be used as direct replacement for many parallel port break-out boards.
The Smoothieboard 5xC v1.1 is a high performance, 32-bit controller, with a big focus on versatility.
Smoothieboard is an all inclusive 32-bit 3D Printer / CNC mill / Laser controller board.
- 32-bit Cortex-M3 LPC1769 with 512kB flash and 64kB RAM
- 5x A5984 stepper drivers with 1/32 micro-stepping
- 4 x thermistor inputs
- Ethernet and USB connections
- SD card to store configuration and Gcode files
- Runs Smoothieware firmware (https://github.com/Smoothieware/Smoothieware), which is class leading in terms of ease of use, stability and performance
- 3 x small Mosfets (lights, fans, SSRs, etc) and 3 x big mosfets (hotends, DC spindle, heated bed, etc)
- Easy configuration: No need to reupload firmware to effect changes. Simply edit a ‘config’ text file on the SD card
- Digital Current control of Stepper Driver current: No fiddly potentiometers to adjust. See http://smoothieware.org/currentcontrol
- Supports Cartesian, Delta, H-Bot and Scara mechanisms
Major Advantages of the Smoothieboard 5xC v1.1
- Performance: 32-bit Micro-controller running at 120Mhz – far outperforms typical 8-bit/16Mhz controllers (Marlin, etc)
- Versatility: Smoothieware is extremely flexible, allowing you to use the Smoothieboard for 3D printers, CNC mills, Plasma Cutters and Laser Cutters/Engravers
- Ease of configuration: The Smoothieboard mounts its SD card as a removable USB flash-drive on your computer: This allows you to change configurations simply be editing a ‘config’ text file on the SD card. Firmware updates is as simple as copying the new firmware.bin to the removal drive, then resetting the board.
- Some of the best documentation in the industry. Less guesswork, means easier installation, customization and more time Making things. See smoothieware.org for details
- Faster speeds (100Khz step rate) and smoother acceleration
- Pluggable Screw terminals for Ease of wiring
- Support for External Stepper drivers (Like our OpenBuild’s DQ542MA Drivers)
- Supports alternative motion control systems like Linear Delta, H-Bot/CoreXY, Morgan Scara and Feather
- Supports dual Extruders (5XC Model)
- Touchprobe Support
1) Update your firmware:
1.1) Instructions: http://smoothieware.org/flashing-smoothie-firmware
2.1) Instructions: http://smoothieware.org/configuration-options