Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Some info on the Big Red Z-Axis

As Beth mentioned in her previous blog post, a lot of progress has been made with regards to controlling Big Red. In the interest of keeping this accessible to everyone, I wrote up a little paper on what I've learned from fiddling with the program and reading user guides. It's a little bit over the top... but I'd rather have something over the top than something bare-bones when explaining this to someone.

The PDF can be found at the following link:

Let me know if anyone has any questions!


  1. A side note: This will hopefully be updated into a full "How-To" on running Big Red from the DynaTorch program. Things that will be covered are the languages used (g-code and SmartMotor Commands), creating new files, and opening, editing, and running existing files. Also an in-depth look at the system settings; what is okay to play with and what should NEVER be touched.

  2. More work was done, my theory was tested, and absolutely shattered! If you read this PDF, please note that trying to set the acceleration and velocity cause the program to fault.