This guide will describe how to transport, site and setup your Denford Novamill CNC Milling Machine. Any operational features, specific to the Novamill range. 3-Axis Benchtop Training Mill w/opt 6-Station ATC. Machine Type: Milling Machine. Num. of Axes: 3. Work Support: Bed. Column Construction: Single, Column. In Part 1 of this series we took a Denford Novamill and retrofitted the control cabinet with updated stepper drivers and a BeagleBone Black (BBB). In this post we.

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So if I were to go for the motion controller and the stepper drivers, I’d be looking at something like: I guess I have to figure out the pro’s and con’s of each board now to understand why they are priced differently.

I’m still running Mach3 on my little probing machine, as KMotionCNC doesn’t handle writing probing data to files, so there are pros and cons with all options. So then you’re looking at external novamil controllers.

And then buy stepper drivers along with the BoB to replace it all? You would have to get a license for VR Milling 2 to use it. A more involved retrofit would be to replace the controller and stepper drivers. I assume there is a standard format these BoB’s come in and it’s just a case of choosing a brand?


Most more industrial controllers are geared to 24V controls, so you’d most likely need to convert either up to 24V or down to 5V. This could potentially give you better performance, as modern stepper drivers are far better than what is currently fitted.

Name novami,l GX 3. I won’t deny it, as for a beginner, it is a minefield! Mach 4 isn’t quite as good, but the user base is increasing as it becomes a denfordd mature product.

Good if you like Linux or are willing to learn. The options you mentioned: Community support for Mach3 is excellent, as it’s been around for a long time. Cost being kept to a minimum would be preferable of course, so of your options: Avoiding the rubbish customer service from AluminiumWarehouse since July ‘ Not sure on that front, however I’d rather go with the most commonly used software which at the moment sounds like it’ll be Mach3.

I’ll be in the US in 3 weeks time so I should probably figure out what electronics I want before then! I use 5, however my machine had been upgraded to the USB controller, and came with a license.

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Actual accuracy won’t improve, as even though modern drives will have smaller microsteps, you can only guarantee accuracy to within a full motor step. Speed isn’t the end of the world for me as it’s a hobbyist machine at the end novaill the day, accuracy would be more of a concern though.


By “performance” are you referring to speed or accuracy?

Anyone fancy helping me put names to the numbers? Looks like it plugs into the Controller, so could be some kind of interface board. Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Last Jump to page: Bookmarks Bookmarks Digg del.

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More advanced ones add in extra features, such as relays, V output you’ll need this for your spindle speed controlopto-isolation avoids the computer getting fried if something goes wrong with the wiring. My first decision to make is which direction to go for the conversion, my understanding is that converting for Mach3 use is a good way to go. Parallel port PP is the most basic option, but PPs are gradually dying. New guy trying to wrap his head Option 2 is sounding the most appealing.

In your photo, the blue board is the motion controller, and the red board the stepper drivers I think it also provides the analogue output for the spindle.

So if you were to remove both, you’d need to install new stepper drivers.