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tdukes
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Rotary Axis

Postby tdukes » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:17 am

Hello,

I designed and 3D printed a rotary axis for my X-Carve. I use Phil Johnson's Demon Controller and Rotary Switch.

Works like a champ!!!

However, I currently have it working only in 'another' software. It takes into consideration the object being engraved diameter and the size of the wheels on my rotary axis.

I calibrated the step for my Y axis using this formula:

(200 steps per rotation x 8 micro steps x reduction) / 360 = steps per degree

So, just asking how to set this up for PicSender? Is there somewhere I need to enter the objects diameter and roller size? Or, is that even necessary? Do I have to create the gcode in something like VCarve?

TIA

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Re: Rotary Axis

Postby Picengraver » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:57 am

Thomas,
PicSender has provisions for saving special rotary setups, but it does not calculate or change a user's grbl settings. As you questioned, to do rotary engraving will require a CAD program, such as VCarve to calculate the toolpaths. For the special grbl calibrations for rotary use, they will have to be entered and saved into one of the Rotary engraving options (Rotary Spindle or Rotary Laser) for repeated use.
John


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