Thread: Does it matter?

  1. #1
    Hello, I got a question about choosing a breakout board for my cnc. I bought a uc300eth motion controller, along with 3 dm542t drivers, now I just need the breakout board. I've seen a lot of 5 axis boards that are relatively cheap, but they say they're for Mach 3. My problem is that I can't actually find any boards for Uccnc instead of for Mach 3/4. Does it actually matter though? Are breakout boards specifically configured to a single software somehow? Or can I use a Mach 3 breakout board for Uccnc? I understand that motion controllers are specifically configured to their own software (ie- Uccnc won't work on a warp 9 smoothstepper since smoothstepper is configured to Mach 3/4). But is this the same case for breakout boards???

    Thanks in advance!!!!!

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  2. Quote Originally Posted by jtar40 View Post
    Hello, I got a question about choosing a breakout board for my cnc. I bought a uc300eth motion controller, along with 3 dm542t drivers, now I just need the breakout board. I've seen a lot of 5 axis boards that are relatively cheap, but they say they're for Mach 3. My problem is that I can't actually find any boards for Uccnc instead of for Mach 3/4. Does it actually matter though? Are breakout boards specifically configured to a single software somehow? Or can I use a Mach 3 breakout board for Uccnc? I understand that motion controllers are specifically configured to their own software (ie- Uccnc won't work on a warp 9 smoothstepper since smoothstepper is configured to Mach 3/4). But is this the same case for breakout boards???

    Thanks in advance!!!!!

    Sent from my Moto G (5) using Tapatalk
    Hi jtar,

    Mach is compatible with uc300eth.

    UCCNC is exclusive to UCx controllers.


    What version uc300eth do you have? 5lpt?


    I have that one and used the cheap 5 axis board.(2 of them)

    Mine came with the PP flatcable, port 2 and 3 are standard compatible with those.

    The 5 axis bob is 1 on 1 compatible on port 2 and 3.

    There is no software in the bob.

    i had a budget consideration, and would rather have had ub1 bob icw uc300eth.


    Hope this helps.


    Grtz Bert.


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  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by jtar40 View Post
    Hello, I got a question about choosing a breakout board for my cnc. I bought a uc300eth motion controller, along with 3 dm542t drivers, now I just need the breakout board. I've seen a lot of 5 axis boards that are relatively cheap, but they say they're for Mach 3. My problem is that I can't actually find any boards for Uccnc instead of for Mach 3/4. Does it actually matter though? Are breakout boards specifically configured to a single software somehow? Or can I use a Mach 3 breakout board for Uccnc? I understand that motion controllers are specifically configured to their own software (ie- Uccnc won't work on a warp 9 smoothstepper since smoothstepper is configured to Mach 3/4). But is this the same case for breakout boards???

    Thanks in advance!!!!!

    Sent from my Moto G (5) using Tapatalk
    It doesn't matter if the eBay seller lists it as "Mach3" BOB. I am using this one (have two in my machine):

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    It is the same type as driftspin above uses. It costs less than $10 and it works well since I bought mine over two years now.

    Anyway, UCCNC requires the use of controllers from CNC Drive.
    Last edited by A_Camera; 11-03-2019 at 12:58 PM.

  4. #4
    My take is that its all a matter of 0's and 1's and if the board has enough connections and you assign them to the functions you need there ought not to be a problem.I used the much maligned DB25-1205 board that came bundled with my Long's motor kit to run with LinuxCNC and it works.I might not be able to produce parts at the rate of a large furniture factory but for a hobby machine I have no complaints.

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