The Touch Probe allows you to quickly identify job zero (X, Y, and Z) by running the probing feature found in Carbide Motion. The touch probe from Carbide 3D is pretty expensive. I've found an alternate for 1/2 the price on Amazon. It works just as well. The one difference is that it does not have a green and red light indication (but this is not necessary for it to function).
This alternative CNC Touch Probe can be used with Shapeoko 3 that use Carbide Motion. Can also be used on other CNC routers on control software that support a probe with the standard .100 (2.54mm) connector spacing. The probe supports 4 different types of probing XYZ (otherwise known as corner probing), X (to find the left edge of your material), Y (to find the front edge of your material), and Z (to find the top of your material. Can be used on Nomad 883 Pro as well, but this will require removing or rewiring the tool height sensor. Since that connection is also plugged into the 2 pin PROB connector.
The kit includes aluminum probe plate a 60” cord to connect to the control board and 10 inch wire alligator clips.
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If you need a way to store your touch probe, I 3D print a touch probe holder. You can find it on my Etsy shop, benmyerswoodshop or click the link below to purchase one!
Part 4 of the series, I used some advanced features to design a wooden sign. I walk you through how to cut out multiple tool paths with endmills and v bits. Also show how to use the probe with a v bit. In this one we actually cut the sign on the CNC.
I created this video series aimed at the true beginner to hobby CNC's. Although Carbide Create is made for the Shapeoko, it can be used for any CNC because it just generates G-Code.
Please leave any info i left out that you want to know about in the comments below. I'll be out with more videos soon.
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When you want a consistant X and Y zero point the best way to do that on the CNC is by using a fence. I've designed a fence to fit into my custom wasteboard. Now you can get consistent clamping and zeroing with large or small pieces.
Ever wanted to control your CNC when your not in front of your computer. Here's one simple solution that's less than $20 and takes zero programming knowledge.