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  1. #1

    Controller decision for purchasing Chinese CNC machine

    Hi all,

    Have been looking through various forums for suggestions but just haven't been able to find any decent answers.

    I currently have a QueenBee Pro based CNC that I built with hybrid steppers, water-cooled spindle, and Masso G3 controller.

    I'm in the process of buying a Chinese 1212/1313 machine with ATC and vacuum table and an having a hard time deciding on a controller.
    My options are:
    1. Chinese Mach 3 board
    2. NK105 controller
    3. RichAuto B57 DSP
    4. Have the machine sent without a controller and get a good one.

    I'm going to use the machine on plywood mostly, with some wood processing.

    I'm looking for a good controller recommendations that's reliable, fast, support slave Y axis with independent homing, and has post processors for Fusion, Vectric, and MasterCam. Ideally I'd rather not use a computer, but I do want a screen to show toolpaths.

    I also like the idea of just having the machine arrive ready to run and not having to wire and configure a bunch of things.


    Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!!

    Langley Woodworker

    Edit: updated requirements to include slave Y axis homing

  2. #2

    Re: Controller decision for purchasing Chinese CNC machine

    Better having the machine arrive ready to run and not having to wire and configure a bunch of things.
    http://cncmakers.com/cnc/controllers/CNC_Controller_System/CNC_Retrofit_Package.html

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    Re: Controller decision for purchasing Chinese CNC machine

    Avoid chinese Mach3 controller boards.
    For a ready to run option, your choice would be RichAuto controller, but if you prefer to do spaghetti works woth wiring, obtain some EU / US made controllers like ESS or UC300/400 or AXBBE.
    You cn also consider Russian PLCM series of controllers, they run with their own Pumotix software.
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    Re: Controller decision for purchasing Chinese CNC machine

    Hi,
    if you are considering Mach....then don't bother with Mach3, all development ceased seven years ago and its too damn difficult to program ATC. Mach4 is current and its scripting
    ability far exceeds Mach3. For that purpose I would recommend an ESS.

    Craig

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    Re: Controller decision for purchasing Chinese CNC machine

    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    I've seen the warnings against Chinese Mach3 boards, wasn't going that route. Not really thinking Mach3/4/UCCNC either. More just thinking if there is any real benefit of Masso G3 vs RichAuto B57 (or any other standalone controller in specific)... Anyone had experience (first or second hand :-D) with both of those?

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    Re: Controller decision for purchasing Chinese CNC machine

    Mach3 need computer control ,mach3 hand wheel dont show tool path ,Mow mach3 is mian popualr on basic cnc.
    NK105 have not screen .
    B57 support ATC ,with one screen .
    PP , need engineer edit and test for you .
    how about conact with me ,send more picture and manual etc.

    my whatsapp is +8618560201508 omnisales6@omni-cnc.com

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