4th axis for CNC – MACH4 and PoKeys57CNC

CNC Router Machines

In this blog, we will describe, how we upgrade our CNC milling/router machine with a new 4th axis for the CNC machine and get more functionality, how to set up, wiring components, and Configuration in Mach4. New upgrade in the machine shop with the intention to improve our support even additionally and also for making […]

Pokeys57CNC – THC Plasma Cutter with Mach4

THC Plasma Cutter – Switch from Mach3 to Mach4

If you use a THC plasma cutter with Mach3 and would like to switch to Mach4 plasma, there is a quick guide how to setup the torch height controller. The Mach4 version 2 has support for THC plasma cutter. If you have been using Mach3, there are some differences in settings for THC in Mach4. First I […]

Mach4 CNC Controller Software with PoKeys57CNC

Mach4 CNC Controller Software with PoKeys57CNC

Mach4 CNC tutorial introduction This series of tutorials will help you configure your CNC machine using Mach4 CNC controller software with PoKeys device. Always remember to update your software if a newer version is available. Also with newer versions of the Mach4 CNC controller software and PoKeys plugin there is a possibility that some elements may change slightly so not all […]

PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

Confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout explained This blog article is mostly to explain the confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout, as some users reported it. There is a myriad of connectors and signals, some are labeled as ‘PoKeys pins’, others are not, some have a special function (e.g. limit switch inputs), some are general purpose… Short history of PoKeys devices […]

CablePack-PoKeys57CNC connectors

CablePack-PoKeys57CNC connectors

In this tutorial, we will explain how CablePack PoKeys57CNC connectors and flat cables can be used. The cable pack contains four types of flat cables that should be used with the appropriate connector. All black IDC (Insulation-Displacement Contact) connectors are female gender connectors and can be plugged into corresponding male gender connectors on the PoKeys57CNC board. […]

Pokeys57CNC – Mach3 plasma setup

Pokeys57CNC – Mach3 plasma setup

Here is a quick guide on how to easily perform Mach3 plasma setup. This article will guide you through the process of setting THC with your CNC controller board and  Mach3. Let’s get to the point! How to use plasma with Mach3? Mach3 plasma setup quick guide First, let me briefly introduce our two products from […]

Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys57CNC- limit switches

Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys57CNC- limit switches

About Mach3 limit switch tutorial This Mach3 limit switch tutorial will help you to set up all of the switches that can be used on your CNC machines as well as any options that are also connected to the safety of your machine. You can find the previous tutorial here. More about limit switches and switches, in general, can […]

Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys57CNC – first movements

Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys57CNC – first movements

Mach3 setup tutorial summary This Mach3 setup tutorial will show you how to connect everything together and how to configure the PoKeys plugin so you can move your CNC. You can find the previous Mach3 setup tutorial here. Connecting everything together First, you must connect the stepper motors to the drivers. This first step is chosen […]

Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys57CNC – first steps

Mach3 tutorial with PoKeys57CNC – first steps

Introduction to Mach3 tutorial This is the first Mach3 tutorial in a series of tutorials that will help you to know PoKeys devices and how to use them with Mach 3 software for controlling your CNC machine. The tutorials will begin with simple configurations which will describe how to set up Mach3 and PoKeys plugin […]

Stepper motor driver – explanation

pokeys stepper-motor-driver

What is a stepper motor driver? A stepper motor driver is an electronic device that is used to drive the stepper motor. By itself, it usually does nothing and must be used together with a controller like PoKeys57CNC. There are a lot of different types of stepper motor drivers but in general, all do the same thing […]