Hello people, first I would like to say HI to everyone here as I am new to this site but not so new to Arduino.
I have had a 3D printers for some years now so I do know the basics of Gcode, Marlin and GRBL.
Another interest of mine is making pcb's so now that I have a little time on my hands I decided to build myself a cnc pcb milling maghine with the intention of running it on an Arduino Uno with a cnc v3 shield, and GRBL with Mach3 or UGS.
I am using 3x Nema 17 motors at 0.7A and 5v, and an Eleksmaker 555 spindle at 12v and 3x A4988 drivers.
So far I have tried using 2 different Uno's with the v3 shield and several different GRBL files with UGC and Mach3
2 different Nano's with appropriate cnc shield and same progs as above, and also 2 different Arduino Mega's with 3 Ramps 1.4 boards
(1 set was taken off a working 3d printer) and several versions af Marlin that have already been set for a cnc.
Then a friend sent me a copy of all the files that he uses succesfully on his own diy machine.
Guess what....it didn't work.
So far the only movement I have had has came from the Uno/v3 setup with 1 specific GRBL file and UGS. Although it is by no way
good enough for the purpose of a double sided pcb, because the X and Y axis both jerk a little when the gcode is started.
I get nothing at all from Mach3 either, and on Marlin (with the mega), all I get is a 'KILLED Please reset' error on the screen as soon as it comes on, but still no movement at all.
My initial thought was a missing Arduino library, but all the libraries that are asked for are already installed and updated.
I would prefer to use Mach3 because of the auto level capabilities but I can't even connect it to my cnc com port.
I am on the edge of insanity now, I haven't got a clue what is wrong.
If anyone can shed any light on this problem I will be eternally grateful and in your debt forever.
Thanks in advance for any and all answers