Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

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jrsteensen
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Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by jrsteensen » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:03 pm

Anybody have any experience with these? Price is right, not expecting the highest quality but if it works I'd be game.

http://www.goodluckbuy.com/wireless-han ... chine.html

deejayspinz
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Re: Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by deejayspinz » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:17 pm

Not sure if you are considering other options, but I use an XBOX 360 controller. Mach3 has various pluginsincluding the 360 and other joysticks.

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Re: Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by jrsteensen » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:21 pm

deejayspinz wrote:Not sure if you are considering other options, but I use an XBOX 360 controller. Mach3 has various pluginsincluding the 360 and other joysticks.
I definitely am, but I don't trust myself not having labeled buttons. 3 hours into a cut...what did right trigger do? *gantry crashes and cuts through the entire workpiece* :oops:

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Re: Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by Improbable Construct » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:40 pm

I have been eyeing some of the really cheap versions on eBay like this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-CNC-4-Axis- ... 4170f7898b

I don't know if I would trust a wireless connection. I know they are paired and encrypted or whatever but it would still worry me with all the electrical interference I have in my shop.

Personally I am waiting for the Jog it open source pendant to make it through its kickstarter rewards and start selling them on their website.
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Re: Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by Brian » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:18 pm

I use the contour shuttle express and shuttle pro on my machines. I can edit all the buttons in mach3 and it works great, no delays.

http://www.machsupport.com/wp-content/u ... lation.pdf

Plugin for mach:
http://www.machsupport.com/wp-content/u ... ePro_3.m3p
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Re: Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by DanMc » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:27 am

I've actually been testing out an arduino over modbus. So far so good but I haven't implemented pendant style controls yet, only outputs, i.e. vac relay and a signal light for tool change so I can see it from across the room. Next up is auto-zero on Z, then pendant controls. It takes a little bit to set up but I had a few arduinos around.

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Re: Low Cost Mach3 Pendants?

Post by ALuomala » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:25 am

I found this link for an iOS app: link. It costs $10.
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