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CNC xPRO Controller V3

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CNC xPRO Controller V3

Expected release date is 12th Apr 2017

The CNC xPRO V3 Controller is an all-in-one multi axis CNC controller.  It is a specifically designed for CNC applications and pre-loaded with the latest stable version of GRBL.   The CNC xPRO is equipped with 4 DRV8825 motor drivers; allowing for dual motor configurations on the X,Y, or Z axis.  The CNC xPRO is printed on 2oz copper to handle heavy current and improve thermal management of the motor drivers. 

 What's new for V3:

  • Fully compatible with ESTLcam.
  • Improved FTDI serial USB interface.
  • Auxiliary PC fan header (12/24VDC Depending on supply voltage).
  • 100% Input buffering to include limit switches (prevent false triggers).
  • Step/Dir breakout pads to add external drivers.
  • Z-Probe pin now accessible from screw terminal.
  • Extremely robust power management for overvoltage/reverse voltage protection.
  • Motor driver output LEDs for easier troubleshooting.
  • Enhanced silkscreen with more pictures and less labels .

Specs:

  • 100%  GRBL version 0.9j (& GRBL version 0.8c) compatible
  • Capable of powering from ATX PSU (these are dirt cheap and we have tons laying around from recycled desktops)
  • Capable of powering from a dedicated 12V/24V two wire power supply
  • Drive 4 motors with DRV8825 Stepper Drivers - 2.5A (peak) with 1.75A (RMS) with up to 1/32 microstepping
  • 1 Driver capable of cloning X,Y, or Z or being run as an independent axis
  • Hardware support for both USB and Wireless Operation (XBee, WiFly, or blueBee)*
  • Emergency Stop to cut all motor power (with optional override)
  • 12V and 5V** outputs for powering peripherals (fans, pumps, vacuums)
  • Quickly connect to Stepper Motors and limit switches with 3.5mm screw terminals and/or 4-pin 0.1" (2.54mm) headers
  • Expansion port for coming upgrades (handheld jog controller, integrated spindle speed control, etc.)

*For CNC applications we recommend blueBee
**5V output available with ATX PSU 

Use the CNC xPro to drive:

  • 4 Axis CNC Mill
  • 3 Axis CNC Mill With Dual Drive Motors
  • Laser Cutter With XY, Auto Focus, and Rotary Attachment
  • Plasma Cutter 
  • Pick and Place for SMD components
  • Or wireless robotics (would love to see this used on a wireless quadruped) 

Software:

The CNC xPRO is designed to run the opensource gcode interpreter GRBL, opensource programming environment Arduino, or anything you can write in AVR studio.  The xPRO comes pre-flashed with GRBL so all you need to do is wire up your motors! 

From the computer side we have found that Universal-G-Code-Sender works extremely well (open source / free download). 

The software stack we use here at Spark is:

Most of these are opensource! 

Getting Started and Basic Setup: