Mach3 D&M 6 Motor Tuning Continued

March 8, 2012

So I have figured out that the “encoder count” refers to the length of pulse that is being sent to the stepper drivers – some boards need longer pulse lengths. Changing the encoder count for my setup has no noticable effect on the operation of the mill, so I am not too concerned with the setting.

What does have me stymied at the moment is my Z axis – I have tuned the motor, and manual movements are fine and accurate. As soon as I run a program, the Z axis seems to be moving more than it should – it is plunging too deeply into the material.

I don’t think that this has anything to do with tuning, so I will have to explore the Mach 3 menus to figure out exactly what’s happening.

In other exciting CNC news, I am working on getting my Mastercam X install up and running – this should really increase the capability of our machines.

One Response to “Mach3 D&M 6 Motor Tuning Continued”

  1. Hello Dave!

    I stumbled across this old blog while searching for retrofit information for my new D&M 6 Mill. As I’m sure you know, it’s like finding hens teeth. I too wish to convert it to Mach 3. Please send me an email if you have succeeded in getting everything to work. I would love to talk over the phone to discuss the particulars if that is alright with you. Have a great day!


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