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Confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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Encoder Threading with Mach4 Lathe and the usb cnc controller PoKeys57CNC

By |January 24th, 2017|Categories: 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. [...]

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New communication options in PoBlocks

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

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 [...]

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Updated PoKeys plugin for Mach4 released

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

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 [...]

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The smallest and lowest power consumption 48MS/s usb oscilloscope

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: CNC, Logic analyzer, PC oscilloscope, PoKeys, PoScope, Signal generator, USB oscilloscope|

PoLabs is launching PoScopeMega50 usb oscilloscope, the smallest and lowest power consumption 48MS/s USB oscilloscope, function generator and logic analyzer in one on the market. It draws only 150mA thus the best choice for measurement [...]

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Metal dance pad with USB interface (Customer project)

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: PoKeys|Tags: , , , |

Metal dance pad is another project by our customer that uses PoKeys57U. Let's let Gal describe it. Original post was published on http://e.pavlin.si/2016/06/02/metal-dance-pad-with-load-cell-sensors/ Metal dance pad with load cell sensors Finished pad   What happens [...]

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Model railway automation (Customer project)

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: PoKeys|Tags: , , , |

We are beginning the list of customer's projects with Ian's model railway automation using PoKeys57U devices. Here is the presentation of the project by Ian H. Model railway automation - Terminus station I’m building a [...]

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PoBlocks tutorial – Pulse engine, custom PoIL code

By |May 27th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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Slip ring test with PoKeys

By |May 6th, 2016|Categories: Other, PoKeys|

A slip ring test? What does this have to do with PoKeys? Well, we needed a cheap slip ring for one of our test projects and we got some from China. Slip rings are devices [...]

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PoKeys joystick issues with Win7 and Win10 resolved

By |May 5th, 2016|Categories: PoKeys|Tags: , , |

PoKeys joystick issues with Windows 7 and Windows 10 resolved Many flight simulator builders are using our PoKeys as flight simulator USB interface between computer and ICP panels with buttons, potentiometers, encoders and other actuators. Lately we've [...]

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Mach4 tutorial – FRO setting from PoKeys

By |May 4th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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PoKeys57CNCdb25 with Mach3

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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Mach4 CNC Controller Software with PoKeys

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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Mach4 tutorial – Custom signal mapping

By |April 25th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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Mach3 limit switch tutorial with PoKeys

By |March 30th, 2016|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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Happy Easter and PoKeys57CNCdb25 announcement

By |March 26th, 2016|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

It's Easter time and we have a new product to announce - PoKeys57CNCdb25. As its name suggests, it is a PoKeys57CNC in a smaller package, a package that allows it to be directly connected to [...]

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PoKeys update 4.1.58 released

By |March 13th, 2016|Categories: CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|

PoKeys update 4.1.58 was just released with a few new features for PoKeys devices. New features in PoKeys update 4.1.58 We changed the PoKeys update versioning scheme. We try to release both software and firmware [...]

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RC simulator interface – PPM signal decoding

By |February 7th, 2016|Categories: PLC, PoKeys|Tags: , , |

Some users asked us to implement the support RC simulator interface, that would decode the data from a general purpose R/C (remote control) receiver in order to control outputs of the PoKeys device and/or allow [...]

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Mach3 setup tutorial – first movements

By |January 11th, 2016|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys, Stepper driver, Stepper motor|Tags: , , |

Mach3 setup tutorial summary This Mach3 setup tutorial will show you how to connect everything together and how to configure the PoKeys plugin so you can move your CNC. You can find the previous Mach3 [...]

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Auggie – CNC machine controller software for PoKeys

By |December 24th, 2015|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

Art Fenerty, the original author or Mach3 CNC machine controller decided to share a Christmas surprise - free version of Auggie, an augmented CNC machine controller that supports PoKeys devices directly. This gives PoKeys devices [...]

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PoKeys as flight simulator interface

By |December 23rd, 2015|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, Other, PoKeys|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever imagined that the same device family that is able to function as a fully fledged USB CNC controller can be used in a completely different application, like a flight simulator interface? Look [...]

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PoKeys update 3.1.67 released

By |November 30th, 2015|Categories: CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

We just released a new PoKeys update 3.1.67 that contains some bug fixes and new features. New features in PoKeys update 3.1.67 PoKeys update 3.1.67 brings firmware update 3.1.67 for PoKeys56 series devices and firmware [...]

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Stepper motor driver – explanation

By |November 30th, 2015|Categories: CNC Machine, PoKeys, Stepper driver, Stepper motor|Tags: , , , , , |

What is a stepper motor driver? A stepper motor driver is an electronic device that is used to drive the stepper motor. By itself it usually does nothing and must be used together with a [...]

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5 reasons to switch your CNC from LPT to USB

By |November 17th, 2015|Categories: CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever considered switching your CNC from LPT to USB? Let us point out 5 reasons to do so and use a USB CNC controller instead of an ancient LPT port. 1. LPT ports [...]

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Mach 4 motion controller – PoKeys57 CNC

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

PoKeys57CNC is the next generation of PoKeys devices that was designed specifically for CNC applications. Used together with the PoKeys plugin for Mach4, it becomes a great choice for the Mach 4 motion controller. It [...]

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Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys – first steps

By |October 22nd, 2015|Categories: CNC, CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys, Stepper driver, Stepper motor|Tags: , , |

Introduction to Mach3 tutorial This is the first Mach3 tutorial in a series of tutorials which will help you to know PoKeys devices and how to use them with Mach 3 software for controlling your [...]

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PoKeys USB and ethernet DAQ devices – comparison

By |October 19th, 2015|Categories: CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

PoKeys DAQ devices family There are multiple variations of PoKeys DAQ devices (digital acquisition devices) available. The PoKeys57 family consists of PoKeys57U, PoKeys57E and PoKeys57CNC, which is our latest addition to the PoKeys device family. PoKeys [...]

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PoKeys library PoKeysLib

By |October 19th, 2015|Categories: PoKeys|

PoKeys library PoKeysLib PoKeys library PoKeysLib is a free (open-source) cross-platform library for PoKeys devices that allows the communication with PoKeys devices on various operating systems (including Windows, Linux, UNIX etc.). It even [...]

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USB CNC controller by your needs

By |October 6th, 2015|Categories: CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|Tags: , , , |

Nowadays, one cannot imagine production processes without the use of computer numerical control (CNC) machines. . These machines drive the production of complex and precisely dimensioned objects out of variety of materials. Let it be a [...]

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