Y axis slave

justin180

Justin180
I'm building a gantry setup and need 2 motors for each side of my machine for squaring the y. I came across and driver that said it can run to motors on one driver my deal is I want 2 adjustable limit switches 1 for both sides . Can a single driver run 2 motors and how can I have 2 limits homing on one driver. also I have the 5th axis controller but I want to keep my A and B for 2 rotary tables is this possible and i want limits on all of them for accuracy.

Thanks
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
To have two separate homing sensors on each side you will need to have a separate drive, further it must be connected to either A or B axis.
 

justin180

Justin180
Ok that'll be fine I'll just make it a 4th axis after slaving the y. Then manually change the connection on the rotary table or spindle. 18 years in a cnc shop I'm up to the challenge. Also I'm interested in this hybrid plasma routing program I read about how does that work. It's a multi machine that I'm making. Later I'm making dedicated machines. Gotta start somewhere.

Thanks
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
we will be basically joining the mill and the plasma versions of the software together, this way one software can run mill + plasma and you can even have both of them on the machine mounted next to each other and MASSO will automatically offset the gaps.
 

justin180

Justin180
That's awesome I'm even putting the to z axis side by side and have the x gantry over hang on each side so I dont lose work area it 5 x 10 foot . I'll have more questions later I'm still looking for motors, drives , and frame materials . Oh since I have a 5 axis controller can I put 5 limit switches on it also I'm getting hybrid steppers I think their called or closed loop with the encoders on them. Can all 5 motor encoders work because I see a, b, and z. I apologize the info is probably out there. this is a fast build and I'm just trying to figure out the sensors and other things you offer to get now.
 

justin180

Justin180
That's great. On the plasma it says tool height control . Is that a special driver I've got a everlast plasma 80 and it has a cnc hook up cant find the documents on it. After I put a table torch on it I'd like it to sense height on awkward parts including rotary axis like tubing shape and having that height control would be great. I just didn't know if it was machine specific or a driver .
 

Ross

Ross
I'm using a 3 axis for my plasma and have two sets of wires coming from the Masso Y axis and going to each driver.

On one of the drivers you need to change direction from CW to CCW just by flicking a switch on one of the drivers.

Too easy!

To align the X axis I welded a nut to each side of the frame, of the table with a bolt and another nut to lock it,

Home the machine then turn it off, then physically pull the Y axis till it hits the alignment bolt. Mine is about 20mm "that will align your axis"

Turn Masso back on then jog the Y axis away from the bolts and past your homing switch (only need one switch at each end, one side only)

Then you can home it again. All done.

Pictures of wiring and alignment bolts

From Ross.
 

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