PoKeys – augmenting the existing functionality using PoBlocks

This blog post will present an approach to implementing unique problem solutions that surpass the existing PoKeys device functionality. Although, PoKeys devices offer unparalleled configuration possibilities, some problems require unique approaches that are not possible with the PoKeys configuration software. The example below will be basic, but will present the approach that is new to … Read more

CNC wiring ground cable on spool

CNC wiring – general rules and best practices

Are you having problems with reliability of your machine or are you planning on making a DIY CNC and want to maket the electornics as reliable as possible? Here are some tips for CNC wiring your machine.. CNC wiring introduction CNC machines usually have separate compartment or cabinet for all the electronics. That way they … Read more

Plasma cutting PoKeys THC controller

What is CNC plasma cutting?

What are CNC plasma cutters used for? CNC plasma cutting is the manufacturing process of cutting the material with plasma. The CNC plasma cutting process is a very well-known manufacturing process, which was used during 1980. Plasma cutting grew out of plasma welding in the 1960s and emerged as a very productive way to cut … Read more

Floating head for CNC plasma cutter with THC

CNC Plasma floating head – Z axis

In this blog post we are presenting you the plasma floating head for more precise cutting and how it can benefit your CNC plasma cutter with torch heigh control. What is CNC Plasma floating head With plasma cutters, big sheets of metals are usually cut. These sheets usually don’t sit very flat on the plasma … Read more

PoKeys equipment for CNC plasma cutters

CNC plasma cutter setup – introduction

This is general introduction to plasma cutter setup and equipment with explanation of most commonly used nomenclature in that field. We will present the electronics that we offer for THC – torch height control for plasma cutters. What equipment is needed for CNC plasma cutter setup? For plasma cutting setup, we need plasma source in … Read more

Mach3 & Mach4 laser cutter (engraver) with PoKeys

Do you want to build DIY Mach4 laser cutter with PoKeys CNC controller? Read this post to find out how to configure the Mach4 as well as plugin and all the signals.. Components for DIY Mach4 Laser Cutter Laser cutter is usually only 2 axis machine with gantry style layout. Contrast to CNC milling machines, … Read more

CNC machine keyboard mounted on our CNC machine

CNC machine keyboard – benefits and usability

We want to present you the CNC accessory that you might find very useful as well as beneficial to add to your machine – CNC machine keyboard. Why would you need CNC keyboard Having a Mach4 CNC machine is very convenient, since the software can run on any PC or laptop and you only need … Read more

Backlash compensation – how to make your machine more precise

With CNC machines, one can assume the absolute accuracy as high as the control shows. Sometimes the theoretical resolution can be in fractions of the microns. But is it also as precise in reality? How does backlash compensation work? Where does the inaccuracy of the machine come from? There is more than one cause of … Read more

Mantis compact LED repair replacement kit

Microscope LED light – Mantis Compact microscope

We had a problem with unreliable operation of the microscope LED light on our microscope for PCB inspection and assembly. LED boards were constantly dying and we decided to develop and properly replace them with our own Mantis Compact LED array kit. Why is LED lighting important for PCB testing and assembly? PCB testing and … Read more

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