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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    That 299.00 is for the acorn. You will need to purchase their cnc12 software as well. I believe it’s another 200.00 or so. Theres going to be some other expenses as well.
    I was told that everything you needed was on the Acorn board. There is a free copy of cnc12 listed on the Acorn page and Marty's video shows how to set it up. I asked what else I needed and Marty said nothing and follow the instructions for the Gecko 203 drivers. You can also buy One of Gary's ready to go control boxes. You may want to watch his videos on how smooth the Shopbot can run.

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    I've only heard of Acorn system once. I spoke to Gary way back before he worked at Shopbot. Is the Centroid system a one man show or is it a larger business? Just gathering info so I can make the right decisions.
    Tracy Spitulski
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    Hardwood Lumber, Custom Millwork
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry_stanek View Post
    I was told that everything you needed was on the Acorn board. There is a free copy of cnc12 listed on the Acorn page and Marty's video shows how to set it up. I asked what else I needed and Marty said nothing and follow the instructions for the Gecko 203 drivers. You can also buy One of Gary's ready to go control boxes. You may want to watch his videos on how smooth the Shopbot can run.
    The free version of CNC12 has a file size limitation on cut files, and does not offer some of the advanced features like axis pairing (which you may or may not want to use).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracys View Post
    I've only heard of Acorn system once. I spoke to Gary way back before he worked at Shopbot. Is the Centroid system a one man show or is it a larger business? Just gathering info so I can make the right decisions.
    Centroid is a company that makes commercial grade controllers Gary buys from them to build his custom control boxes

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    Hi Brady

    So knock on wood. I reset the VR settings and that seems to correct the sluggishness of the machine. I can finish some jobs now before I pull the card and send it in. Thank you for your help. -Tracy
    Tracy Spitulski
    KenCraft Co Inc.
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    Hardwood Lumber, Custom Millwork
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    Tracy if you need a card to get you by until you get yours back I have a spare control box you could borrow. I live just south of Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracys View Post
    Hi Brady

    So knock on wood. I reset the VR settings and that seems to correct the sluggishness of the machine. I can finish some jobs now before I pull the card and send it in. Thank you for your help. -Tracy
    Very good. You're welcome. Hopefully you get to the bottom of why it is triggering the e-stop.
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    Good to know, thank you.
    Tracy Spitulski
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    Hardwood Lumber, Custom Millwork
    Dust Collector Fittings

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    Tracy I ran into the same problem. Sent my main control board to shopbot for testing and they told me nothing was wrong. So I put it back in my unit...guess what, same problem. Purchased new board and problem gone.
    Life is like a project you continue to work on until it's finished.
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    Ken,


    Are you talking about the control board that is attached to the main board or just new of both?
    Tracy Spitulski
    KenCraft Co Inc.
    PRSa 6096
    www.kencraftcompany.com
    Hardwood Lumber, Custom Millwork
    Dust Collector Fittings

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