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PoLabs and Lego Maters 2017

By |March 27th, 2017|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Logic analyzer, Other, PC oscilloscope, PLC, PoKeys, PoScope, Signal generator, Stepper driver, Stepper motor, USB oscilloscope|

PoLabs was sponsoring the Lego Master 2017 competition on Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana Quoted from source: http://lego-masters.si/ The fifth contest Lego Masters is behind us. The organizers would like to thank all the participants that they devoted the last few months to preparations for the competition, which they also attended. Special thanks also [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3

By |April 27th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

This short tutorial will show you how to configure the PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3 as an USB motion controller. We'll go through plugin installation, plugin configuration and device configuration. PoKeys57CNCdb25 Installation PoKeys plugin is automatically installed by PoKeys setup to C:\Mach3 folder. It requires .NET 3.5 to be installed on the PC prior installation. [...]

Mach4 CNC Controller Software with PoKeys

By |April 26th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

Mach4 CNC tutorial introduction This series of tutorials will help you configure your CNC machine using Mach4 CNC controller software with PoKeys device. Always remember to update your software if newer version is available. Also with newer versions of the Mach4 CNC controller software and PoKeys plugin there is a possibility that some elements may [...]

Mach4 tutorial – Custom signal mapping

By |April 25th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

This tutorial will show how to trigger an action in Mach4 based on signal change. In Mach4, user customization options are available via simple LUA scripting language. We will map the signal to one of the PoKeys inputs and configure it to trigger the 'Cycle start' function. We assume you have configured the PoKeys device [...]

Mach3 limit switch tutorial with PoKeys

By |March 30th, 2016|CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

About Mach3 limit switch tutorial This Mach3 limit switch tutorial will help you to setup all of the switches that can be used on your CNC machines as well as any options that are also connected to the safety of your machine. You can find the previous tutorial here. More about limit switches and switches [...]

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