How to set homing procedure in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to set homing procedure in PlanetCNC TNG software

This tutorial will explain how to correctly use the Machine/Home feature. The homing procedure will reference machine axes and set machine work area.   First, you would need to configure your machines step per unit values, motor & soft limits, and limit switch inputs of the controller: How to set step per unit values in […]

How to set motor & soft limits in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to set motor & soft limits in PlanetCNC TNG software

This tutorial will explain how to set the motor and soft limits of your machine. Soft limits (sometimes also program limits term is used) will stop machine motion when motor limit values of specific machine axis are achieved (without any limit switch activation). Soft limits will stop the machine in a soft stop fashion, meaning axis motors will use deceleration  – hence […]

How to configure limit switch inputs of controller in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to configure limit switch inputs of controller in PlanetCNC TNG software

Limit switches are used for reference (homing procedure) and as a safety feature. In order for that software to recognize limit switch activation and makes appropriate action, we need to configure limit switch inputs in settings: File/Settings/Motors/Limit Switches. The examples below will demonstrate the use of different limit switch wiring methods for the X-axis. All shown principles can […]

 How to set step per unit values in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to set step per unit values in PlanetCNC TNG software

This tutorial will explain how to correctly configure step per unit values of your machine.   Step per unit value (in further text SPU) defines how many step pulses controller needs to generate in order that machine axis moves for distance of one unit. Units can be in millimeters or in inches. SPU value depends on few […]

How to setup CNC machine in PlanetCNC TNG software

How to setup CNC machine in PlanetCNC TNG software

Follow these tutorials to set up your CNC machine: 1.) How to set step per unit values in PlanetCNC TNG software 2.)How to configure limit switch inputs of the controller in PlanetCNC TNG software 3.)How to set motor & soft limits in PlanetCNC TNG software 4.)How to set homing procedure in PlanetCNC TNG software 5.)How to […]

Obtaining and activating license for PlanetCNC controller with TNG software

Obtaining and activating license for PlanetCNC controller with TNG software

We are aware that the license is an annoyance. But please understand us. PlanetCNC TNG software works only with Mk3 series of controllers: Mk3, Mk3/4, Mk3DRVand Mk3ECO. You cannot use PlanetCNC TNG software with Mk2,Mk2/4, and Mk1 controllers! To obtain your PlanetCNC TNG license please follow the steps below(follow steps very carefully and in exact […]

Basic PlanetCNC TNG connection settings

Basic PlanetCNC TNG connection settings

PlanetCNC TNG software recognizes all PlanetCNC controllers that are connected to your PC through USB or Network ports. However, only Mk3 series of controllers (Mk3, MK3/4,MK3DRV,Mk3ECO)  can be used with TNG sw. It is essential that user sets “Primary controller” in settings. Without this, you will not be able to control your machine!   Basic connection […]

PlanetCNC TNG Linux installation guide

PlanetCNC TNG Linux installation guide

We used freshly installed Linux – Ubuntu MATE distribution for this guide. Please note that distributions differ one from another so these steps may not be suitable for all distributions and installation methods may vary. 1.) Start your Ubuntu MATE system. 2.) Using your web browser, download PlanetCNC TNG version from PlanetCNC download page: PlanetCNC TNG download page […]

Updating PlanetCNC controller with PlanetCNC TNG software

Updating PlanetCNC controller with PlanetCNC TNG software

To update your PlanetCNC Mk3 series controller firmware with PlanetCNC TNG software make sure that your PlanetCNC USB driver is updated to the latest version and that PlanetCNC controller firmware is updated with the latest version of CNC USB controller software(if you are migrating from CNC USB sw to PlanetCNC TNG sw for the first […]

PlanetCNC TNG software overview and performance guidelines

How to setup CNC machine in PlanetCNC TNG software

  PlanetCNC TNG software overview and performance guidelines PlanetCNC TNG is a high-performance CNC system. It is designed with flexibility in mind and it can be used for mills, routers, lathes, plasma or laser machines as well as any other machine or system where the coordinated movement of servo or stepper motors is needed. PlanetCNC […]