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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 [...]

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 [...]

PoKeys joystick issues with Win7 and Win10 resolved

By |May 5th, 2016|PoKeys|

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 received some reports about problems with PoKeys joystick with Windows 7 and Window 10 that calibration window is not accessible any [...]

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 [...]

RC simulator interface – PPM signal decoding

By |February 7th, 2016|PLC, PoKeys|

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 the PoKeys device to be used as RC simulator interface. Allow us to present how easy is to use PPM [...]

Mach3 setup tutorial – first movements

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

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 setup tutorial here. Connecting everything together First you must connect the stepper motors to the drivers. This first step is [...]

PoKeys as flight simulator interface

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

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 at the following flight simulator (courtesy of Beau Williamson and Christopher Link). PoKeys as flight simulator interface in simulator by [...]

Stepper motor driver – explanation

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

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 controller like PoKeys57CNC. There are a lot of different types of stepper motor drivers but in general all do the [...]

5 reasons to switch your CNC from LPT to USB

By |November 17th, 2015|CNC controller, CNC Machine, PoKeys|

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 are disappearing Computer industry these days has no more interest in maintaining LPT port functionality. This is a legacy port [...]

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