We just uploaded a new build of Carbide Motion, 364. It includes:
We can also share a little more of our probing work lately: We're making an active probe with a steel body and probing commands built in to Carbide Motion. Here's what all of that means:
Active probe: Our probe block is powered for a couple of reasons. First, we can use a more sensitive circuit to detect the tool touching the block. In the case of any surface problems on the block (oil, chips, etc), this will let us trigger a little faster than a passive probe and be safer for the tool. We also have an LED on the probe block so you can be sure that it's connected and working before starting a probing cycle.
Steel body: The extra weight from the steel keeps it in place if it's being probed from the side. Any nicks and gouges can be quickly stoned off.
ESD Protection: Our probe block has ESD protection to protect the main electronics from static discharge.
Carbide Motion Integration: All of the common probing cycles will be built into Carbide Motion with graphics and wizards to make it as easy as possible.
Below is a video showing a test from this morning with our first pass at the electronics. We're sending out a revised PCB today so we shoud have the "final" test version back in about a week. If all goes well, we could have these for sale in 6 weeks. (Price is TBD)
We'll keep you up to date on new things in the world of Carbide 3D, and CNC in general.