Grooving machine


Hello Masso community,

I am a mechanical engineer from Slovenia. I am developing a 4-axis CNC machine for making grooves on sheet metal with milling technology. So I came here because I would like to use Masso solution with my machine. But I have many many questions and that is way I am making a new topic. First I will briefly describe the concept and then write the questions.


So the machine would have 4 axis. The x-axis and the z-axis would be used to move the tool/spindle. The y-axis would be used to set backgauge mechanism for positioning the sheet metal. A-axis is for rotatin the spindle and will be set manually or automatic, this I have not decided yet. The pneumatic cylinder would be used to hold down the sheet metal.

So the concept is very similar to something like this in the video, but I would use milling technology with rotating spindle to have more capability.

I hope I am clear.


1. Main question is could Masso controll all the above. So the normal workflow would be:
  1. Set the tool height (A=0 ).
  2. Set A axis rotation (manually or automatic, from here the y and z position of the tool would be known).
  3. Set y axis backauge mechanism.
  4. Load workpiece/sheet metal and clamp with pneumatics (I would like to control the pneumatics with Masso).
  5. Set the tool height with z axis.
  6. Start rotation of the spindle and move the tool along x axis.

2. Have any of you tried detecting tool height with capacitive sensor (Something like in prusa 3d printers)?

3. Which servos/controlers do you recommend so they are compatible with Masso?

4. Can I control electromagnetic pneumatic valves with Masso?

Thank you very much for your answers and ideas.


MASSO Support
Staff member
thanks for the information and video link. The application looks very simple and should be very easy to control with MASSO.