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Shapeoko 3 with Mach 3 setup

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:47 pm
by ChetR
I want to purchase the Shapeoko 3 to replace my homemade CNC router.
I'm already comfortable with my design software and the use of Mach 3.
I've seen YouTube videos of Shapeoko being used with Mach 3, but precious little 'user friendly' documentation/notes.
I understand that an external driver board is necessary for this to happen.
Would one of you successful Mach 3/Shapeoko users please share your setup, including the driver board?
Also the relevant driver settings to calibrate Mach 3 for the Shapeoko motor and pulley system?
It will be much appreciated!

Re: Shapeoko 3 with Mach 3 setup

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:59 am
by xfredericox
A geckodrive G540 is widely accepted as the perfect companion for mach3.

Settings depend on your specific setup, but mach3 has a built-in tool to calibrate your steps/inch etc

Re: Shapeoko 3 with Mach 3 setup

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:05 pm
by ChetR
Thank you for your response.
I really appreciate your observation.
However, I am hopeful that someone actually running Mach 3 on the Shapeoko 3 will share the actual hookup of the two systems.
(I know they are out there!)