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How to Use the 5-Axis Experimental Toolhead

WARNING: Below information is provided for advanced users, so they can write their own postprocessor or entire G-codes manually. Voxelizer support for 5-axis milling and 5-axis printing will be released in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

 

Step 1

Choose Select Toolhead option and then 5 axis on the display menu. To set the axis onto 0 position, you have to do it manually (axis 4 and 5 do not have endstops!).

Make sure that toolhead doesn’t collide with side walls in any position!

 

Step 2

Home X-axis and Y-axis separately and afterwords Z-axis.

Z-axis has to be set either manually or by moving the endstop up – toolhead takes a lot of Z-height. Then move X-carriage to the middle. Once it’s done, start to control the machine by using terminal and typing G-codes.

For example: G1 E5 F300 (axis 4 is rotated by 5 degrees at a rate of 5 degrees per second - where F gives the time in degrees per minute, 5 * 60 sec = 300).

To rotate axis 5: you have to switch to T1 (just type T1 in console) and type G1 E5 F300 – this will rotate axis 5 by 5 degrees.

 

Step 3

To use both axis at the same time, use the command T3 and then for example: G1 F300 A10 E15 that will move both axis at once.

In general, you can move ALL 5 axis at the same time by using commands like: G1 X50 Y75 Z8 E5 A-5 F600 (each axis moves simultaneously with others, interpolating linearly).

 

 

WARNING: While working with the 5-axis toolhead, look out for the cables. The risk of damaging them is high as the engines are quite strong!

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