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Confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

By |February 6th, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

This blog article is mostly to explain the confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout, as some users reported it. There is a myriad of connectors and signals, some are labelled as 'PoKeys pins', others are not, some have special function (e.g. limit switch inputs), some are general purpose... Short history of PoKeys devices Let's start with some history [...]

USB CNC Controller – PoKeys57CNCdb25 User’s manual – part1

By |February 2nd, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine|

Introduction of USB CNC Controllers USB CNC Controller (PoKeys products) line consists of simple, easy-to-use USB and network devices with the extended list of features making them powerful input/output devices. PoKeys57CNCdb25 is an USB device and is the smallest of the PoKeys family, designed especially for use with CNC machines with existing LPT (parallel printer) [...]

Encoder Threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller PoKeys57CNC

By |January 24th, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

Digital Machinist article: Encoder Threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller PoKeys57CNC I was excited to hear that threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller Pokeys57CNC with an encoder was now working. I just had to try it, since I had mixed success with index only threading in Mach3 Turn. I had [...]

New communication options in PoBlocks

By |January 21st, 2017|CNC, CNC Machine, Home automation, PLC, PoKeys|

PoBlocks just got a set of new communication features in PoKeys57 series ethernet devices. UDP sender enables PoKeys device to send simple messages using UDP protocol on request from the PoBlocks project. PoKeys InterCom protocol on the other hand enables sending data between PoKeys devices. PoKeys (Simple) UDP sender As the name applies, UDP sender [...]

Updated PoKeys plugin for Mach4 released

By |January 11th, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

A new version of the PoKeys plugin for Mach4 was released today. Most changes have been done 'under the hood', the biggest one affecting the MPG jogging with PoKeys devices. MPG jogging is a very useful feature of PoKeys57CNC devices that enables improved control over the CNC machine and resembles the handwheel of a manual [...]

Ground loop – What is it and why we should avoid it?

By |October 13th, 2016|CNC Machine, Other, PoScope, USB oscilloscope|

Ground loop is a result of electricity flowing to a ground over two or more paths. Ground loop is usually generated by connecting together different power sources. Users in many cases believe that all ground points are at the same potential. That is far from the truth. All wires or other conductors have a resistance [...]

Stepper motor driver user manual – complete edition

By |July 16th, 2016|CNC Machine, Stepper driver|

This stepper motor driver user manual contains information required to configure over an USB and run the PoStep60 driver. Please read the manual carefully to avoid damage to the driver. This section covers the instrument general description, instrument specifications and characteristics. General symbols for this instructions A few symbols are used throughout this manual that [...]

DIY vacuum table tutorial

By |June 14th, 2016|CNC, CNC Machine|

DIY vacuum table introduction DIY vacuum table is a great way to clamp your pieces to you CNC machine. They can be made in various sizes, and they can be made at home for a fraction of price that would cost you to buy one. Vacuum tables use vacuum pumps of different sizes to generate [...]

PoBlocks tutorial – Pulse engine, custom PoIL code

By |May 27th, 2016|Home automation, Other, PLC, PoKeys, Stepper driver, Stepper motor|

In this PoBlocks tutorial, we will describe how PoBlocks can be used to solve a stepper motor positioning task. PoBlocks is a graphical programming tool for PoKeys device and is free of charge for PoKeys users. Background We have been approached by one of our users on how a positioning system can be implemented using [...]

Mach4 tutorial – FRO setting from PoKeys

By |May 4th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

Mach4 tutorial - FRO setting from PoKeys analog input This Mach4 tutorial will help you configure Mach4 and PoKeys so you can set FRO from analog input pin. Click on PoKeys_analog_FRO(526b) to download a file which is needed for this tutorial. Move it to a location easy to find, preferably in the Mach4 folder. First [...]

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