How to Choose Stepper Motors for your CNC Machine

Closed Loop Stepper Motor with Driver – NEMA 34-8.5Nm

How to Choose Stepper Motors for your CNC Machine. It’s easy to make mistakes while choosing one and end up with an overkill or an underpowered setup. This article is for hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts to help you choose the right stepper motor that meets your project and CNC router requirements. I have discussed a […]

Best CNC Controllers For CNC Machines

MASSO G3 CNC Controller

The world of CNC Controllers has evolved considerably in the last 20 years. While industrial CNC controllers were the only choice a decade ago, new technological advancements have revolutionized the world of CNC. Many features which were available only in industrial-grade CNC machines are now available at an affordable price. In this guide, I list […]

Servo vs Stepper Motors for CNC Machines

Stepper or Servo Motor

Which Motor Do You Need? Servo vs Stepper Motor… CNC machines mainly use either stepper or servo motors to drive their axes. Although both motors can control the movement of cutting tools and axes, what’s the difference between both? Rather than going deep into their theoretical differences, I’ll tell you every important difference that practically […]

Mach3 vs Mach4 for CNC Control

mach4 hobby

Mach3 and Mach4 are highly popular CNC control software for controlling CNC machines. While both these software programs turn your PC into a multi-axis controller, there are important differences between the two. Mach3 came out more than a decade ago, while Mach4 was launched in 2015 with an entirely new approach. With Mach4, Artsoft completely […]

Best ATC CNC Spindle Motors for Automated Production

ATC CNC Spindle Motors

Best ATC Spindle Motor available in South Africa for CNC Automated Production. If you work with multi-tool CNC projects, manually changing bits and zeroing each time can become tiring quite quickly. For many small CNC businesses, manual tool changing becomes the biggest bottleneck in their production process. An Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) spindle is the […]

CNC Machines – A Quick Introduction

CNC Machines - CNC Router - CNC Plasma

What is CNC? CNC Machines – A Quick Introduction, CNC stands for computer numerical control. It’s a term used whenever a computer handles machining operations and includes everything from 3D printers, CNC Router, CNC Plasma Machines to robotic arms. CNC began decades ago with the automation of industrial machinery and has since become much more accessible […]

How to set speed and acceleration values in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to set speed and acceleration values in PlanetCNC TNG software

One of the most important steps when setting up your machine in PlanetCNC TNG software is configuring machines’ max speed and acceleration values. With speed and acceleration values that are not suitable for one’s machine, the user risks lost steps(stepper motor) or increased torque(servo motor), damaged work-pieces, broken machine, and most important, lost time. To […]

Tool change settings in PlanetCNC TNG software

Tool change settings in PlanetCNC TNG software

Prior to following this tutorial we recommend that you perform tutorials below: How to measure tool offset with fixed tool sensor in PlanetCNC TNG software How to measure work position with the movable sensor in PlanetCNC TNG software   Tool change settings are located under File/Settings/Program Options/Tool Change:   Tool Change settings are divided into three […]

How to measure work position with movable sensor in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to measure work position with the movable sensor in PlanetCNC TNG software

This tutorial will explain how to correctly use the Work Position / Measure Height feature with a movable sensor using PlanetCNC TNG software and PlanetCNC motion controllers.   Movable Sensor A movable sensor is basically a switch that sends a signal to the motion controller corresponding input pin. The software will then calculate the Z-axis […]

How to measure tool offset with fixed tool sensor in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to measure tool offset with fixed tool sensor in PlanetCNC TNG software

This tutorial will explain how to correctly use the Tool Offset / Measure feature with a fixed tool sensor using PlanetCNC TNG software and PlanetCNC motion controllers.   Fixed tool sensor For a fixed tool sensor, we can use a dedicated tool measuring switch or, most basic solution, a standard microswitch fixed to a machine table. […]