Up and running - not so difficult

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Chris D
Posts: 21
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:31 am
Acorn CNC Controller: Yes
Allin1DC CNC Controller: No
Oak CNC controller: No
MPU11 & GPIO4D -w/ 3rd Party Drives: No
DC3IOB: No
CNC12: Yes
CNC11: No
CPU10 or CPU7: No
CNC Control System Serial Number: ACORN 4447

Up and running - not so difficult

Post by Chris D »

Greetings all,

I recently decided to move on from MACH3 to Acorn so I purchased all the items (Acorn, Ether1616, Shuttle express, new computer, touch screen monitor etc), built and wired up a new control cabinet and all the fun stuff. It really didn't take very long to do, and getting familiar with CNC12, while very different than MACH3, was pretty easy to figure out. It is pretty similar to a lot of the industrial controls I am familiar with so that may have helped the process.

I really liked the VCP feature. That allowed for easy customization of the "operator panel" and works fantastic with a touch screen monitor. That feature really adds a lot of flexibility for configuring operational controls the way I want(ed) it. Good job on that feature !!!! I have not experienced any software crashes or glitches etc. which is a relief.

So far, I would recommend Acron as a solid DIY solution for CNC. In the coming months, I will be getting into higher level stuff such as the PLC, and custom macros etc., I will let you know how that goes. Reliability seems very solid thus far.

Documentation is plentiful both in PDF and Video formats, I would strongly suggest anyone starting out to watch all the videos and read through the manuals/documents to get familiar with them.

Kudos to Centroid for doing a good job on this product!

Chris
ShawnM
Posts: 392
Joined: Fri May 24, 2019 8:34 am
Acorn CNC Controller: Yes
Allin1DC CNC Controller: No
Oak CNC controller: No
MPU11 & GPIO4D -w/ 3rd Party Drives: No
DC3IOB: No
CNC12: Yes
CNC11: No
CPU10 or CPU7: No
CNC Control System Serial Number: 7804734C6498-0401191832
Location: Clearwater, FL

Re: Up and running - not so difficult

Post by ShawnM »

I had the very same experience Chris and thanks for sharing yours. I also agree that it's the best DIY solution going. Software and hardware from ONE manufacturer, no more hodge-podge CNC machine. The documentation and support from this group is second to none. Enjoy.
cnckeith
Posts: 3211
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:23 pm
Acorn CNC Controller: Yes
Allin1DC CNC Controller: Yes
Oak CNC controller: Yes
MPU11 & GPIO4D -w/ 3rd Party Drives: Yes
DC3IOB: Yes
CNC11: Yes
CPU10 or CPU7: Yes
CNC Control System Serial Number: none
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Re: Up and running - not so difficult

Post by cnckeith »

thanks for posting your feedback and the stoke!
Need support? READ THIS POST first. http://centroidcncforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=1043
All Acorn Documentation is located here: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=3397
Answers to common questions: viewforum.php?f=63
and here viewforum.php?f=61
Gear we use but don't sell. https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... _gear.html
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