We Started the build and ran into a few snags. We are missing some critical parts on the table and we are having some problems with the electronics install and configuration. We started the install for the Bladerunner package from CandCNC and were a bit overwhelmed at first by the amount of wires and boxes to connect. We started the install and hit a wall. We can not get the dthc to be recognized nor can we get the case sensor features to work. So we are done till Monday when we can get some tech support.
We added a short video of our old machine that is being replaced. Click Here
Update: We found the problem. On our computer the serial port header on the motherboard was bad and was not allowing communication with mach3 and the Bladerunner system. We hooked up a serial to USB converter and got everything working.
Had our serial port been working the install of Mach3 and the Bladerunner system from CandCNC would have been a couple hour deal.
The software install was very easy once we corrected the problem with our computer. The blade runner system comes with an Install CD and very detailed PDF manuals. Depending on what options or components you have the install varies a little.
If you purchase the BladeRunner Dragon cut system like we did I would suggest going online to their website and download / print the manuals and read up a little before your unit arrives. It helps to be familiar. Also Printing the manuals is highly recommended. While its a lot of paper it makes things much easier especially if you don't have another pc to view the manuals on while you set up the control machine.
So when it comes to the install all you have to do is follow the directions in the instructions step by step to set things up. You don't have to be at your plasma table and you dont have to have the plasma machine powered up to do the install.
It was much cooler in the office vs the shop so we set everything up in the office. We completed the install all the way to the point of assigning which steppers will be at what location on the table and since Precision Plasma supplied us with the steps per inch, velocity and acceleration we were able to simply input it without having to do any calculations.
As we said we did not have to power up the plasma unit to set up the components. They have built in test buttons that simulate the operation and display known values to allow you to make sure that everything is communicating and working properly.
One of the options that we got from CandCNC was the Hy-T connect kit which interfaces with the serial port on the Hypertherm plasma units. We are going to be showing some really cool options and possibilities when it comes to the Hy-T connect kit and Hypertherm later in the build.
So for now we are set until we get all of the drives mounted on the table. Then we can finisht the install and make sure that our system is configured properly and set up our homes and limits.