X-Carve Pro Instructions / 4x4 / Install Electronics

11. Install Electronics

During this step you will be connecting the remaining cables and electrical components in preparation for the final steps which require calibrating the X-Carve Pro.

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Tools

  • 2.5mm allen key

Cables

  • USB-A to USB-C - 3M - longer one
  • RJ45 cable (ethernet)

Steps

  1. Route and Connect Spindle Cable
    • Loosen the dust shoe mount from the slider by turning the knob counterclockwise and sliding the metal plate up and off of the slider. This will allow for easier access to the spindle cover screws.
    • Using a 2.5mm allen key, remove the spindle cover by removing the 6 screws (3 on each side) that are attaching the cover to the spindle plate.
    • Insert the spindle plug coming from the Z-axis through the top of the spindle cover.
    • Attach spindle connector to the top of the spindle, ensuring that the orientation of the plug matches the connector on the spindle.
    • Slide the spindle connector by flipping up the silver bracket over the studs on the spindle plug.
    • Slide the spindle cover back over the spindle and reattach using the 6 screws and 2.5mm allen key.
    • Reattach the dust shoe mount onto the slider and tighten the knob to keep it in place.
  2. Plug Cables into Controller
    • Ensure that the motor, limit, and spindle cables are routed to the back of the machine and near the controller.
    • Connect the motor cables to the back of the machine. Each motor cable has a label that will match the label on the rear of the controller. Insert the male plug into the female connector at the controller and thread the collar into the connector.
    • Connect the limit switch cables to the back of the machine. Each limit switch cable has a label that will match the label on the rear of the controller. Insert the ¼” male plug into the female connector.
  3. Connect HMI
    • Plug the USB-A to USB-C 3M cable into the controller in the port labeled ‘USB’. Route the USB-C end of the cable under the machine to where you plan to keep the HMI to connect your computer.
    • Plug the RJ45 (ethernet) cable into the controller in the port labeled ‘HMI’. Route the RJ45 (ethernet) end of the cable under the machine to where you plan to keep the HMI to connect your computer.

      NOTE: The spindle should remain unplugged from the controller until the assembly process is complete.

  4. Plug in Controller Power Cable
    • Plug the AC power cable into the controller and then into the nearest 15A (or higher) standard outlet.

      NOTE: Inrush currents and transient electrical properties of stepper motors can easily exceed GFI circuit thresholds which are sensitive to a few mA. Other tools like bandsaws, drill presses, and miter saws likely have AC motors with lower transient electrical properties than the X-Carve Pro. Our recommendation is to use circuits without GFI as you may see the circuit tripping if using a GFI outlet.

  5. Switch On Controller
    • Power on the controller and verify that the green lights at the back of the controller and HMI are illuminated. If HMI light is not on, ensure e-stop is disengage by twisting it counter-clockwise.
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