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Mach 3 Electronics

Posted by nefermu 
Mach 3 Electronics
January 25, 2012 10:27PM
What electronics parts do I need for a mach3 based 3D printer. I am confused with stepper drivers, do I need 1 for each motor ?
Re: Mach 3 Electronics
January 26, 2012 06:35PM
Hey there nefermu, John here from SeeMeCNC

For a Mach3 based printer like ours, you will need to be able to control 4 axes. you can do this like we are, using a very inexpensive 3 axis board, similar to THIS. We use a 3 axis version we source directly and an EasyDriver for the extruder stepper.

Once you have 4 axis control worked out, you then need a power supply. We supply an ATX PSU that has plenty of power for adding a heated bed later if you like. A decent PC power supply will work and be pretty affordable.

For temperature control of the hot-end, we use a standalone controller, like THIS. If you use that one, make sure you cahnge resistor #5 to a 15k to 20k and use a 100K thermistor. With that, you can control up to 480F and stay plus/minus6 degrees F

And last, you need motors compatible with your controller board. There's tons of stepper motors out there to choose from. You really can't go wrong with a nema 17 4-wire stepper motor. They're all made by wantai prob., so don't worry about being too picky. Get around 3800 g/cm or more, and you can print with the big guys.

Hope this helps, I'm not the best at forum based explanations. If you want, take a look at our machines on SeeMeCNC and you can see some Mach3 based machines in action. We have links to our ustream channel where we print live, and our yahoo group is full of people building them.
Re: Mach 3 Electronics
July 14, 2012 02:17PM
I see Mach3 G-code has 3 decimal points of accuracy in the co-ordinates.
Is this translated o'k by the Reprap Drivers?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/14/2012 02:19PM by Scrachbuilder.
Re: Mach 3 Electronics
July 14, 2012 05:02PM
I think mach3 uses 9 or 10 digits but only displays the requested amount.

Random Precision
Re: Mach 3 Electronics
July 29, 2012 02:13PM
How would have to be the connection of the plate and its parameters?
Re: Mach 3 Electronics
March 14, 2013 05:02PM
"What electronics parts do I need for a mach3 based 3D printer. I am confused with stepper drivers, do I need 1 for each motor"

I run Mach3 on a CNC machine and a new 3D printer build

I am running off a parallel port on a PC

For this type of application you need a breakout board, 4 motor drivers and a power supply
I use Probotix stuff, but there is probably cheaper ways to go

Here's a 3 axis kit with the breakout board, 3 drivers and a power supply for $159

You would have to order another driver for a 4th axis

My projects are listed here - [www.el34world.com]
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