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CNC STEPPER MOTORS

Which wire is Phase A, A--, B, B--?

This has been explained in a current Wiki article.

Go to: Figuring out the Stepper Motor Wiring Phases


CNC DRIVER CARDS

How can I use one power source for both power jacks on the Univelop TB6560?

This will be updated as soon as I have confirmed a few necessary details.


MACH3 SOFTWARE

How do I figure out the "Steps Per" in the Mach3 configuration?

This value is a multiplication of a few other settings:


1. First, figure out the Steps per Revolution [SPR]:

  • The Nema motors are angled at 1.8 degrees so divide the circumference by the angle
    • 360 / 1.8 = 200 steps per revolution


2. Now we need the Revolutions/Turns per Unit [TPI]:

  • Our lead screws are pitched at 1.25mm per revolution which results in 20.32 revolutions per inch.


3. Find out the Resolution Support (microsteps) of the driver card:

  • Most cards support up to 1/16 (16 microsteps per step)
    • TB6560 supports the "Full" step as well as 1/2, 1/8, and 1/16 steps


To get the Full Steps per Unit, multiply StepsPerRev x TPI:
200 x 20 = 4000 steps per unit


To get the Micro-Steps per Unit multiply StepsPerRev x Micro-steps x TPI:
200 x 16 x 20 = 64,000 steps per unit


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