Touchpad Tutorial - Techno CNC Support

Touchpad Tutorial - Techno CNC Support
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How To Use the Techno Touchpad - Tutorial
In this Tutorial we walk you through the important task of zeroing a tool (bit) on a workpiece.
The Techno touchpad helps automate and calculate this process for you.
NOTE: A tool bit must be loaded in the spindle and the touchpad connected for this tutorial.
1. START THE INTERFACE
A. From your computer’s Start menu, choose Programs/Techno CNC Interface.
The Techno CNC Interface Main Menu appears:
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2. TEST TOUCHPAD
The following is designed to make sure the touchpad is functioning and to confirm to the GCODE
program that the touchpad is installed.
A. Press
The Setup Window appears:
B. Navigate through the different bookmarked submenus by clicking on the names in the
left-side display screen. Click on Advanced, then Touchpad & Remote.
A. Press.
.
This message should appear:
H. Follow the directions: Pick up the touchpad and touch it to the tip of the tool in the
spindle. If nothing happens click where it reads click here to cancel the test.
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If the touchpad is working the “test passed” screen appears:
Press
Press
, the test has indicated that the touchpad is functioning properly.
in Setup to exit and return the Main Menu (skip to Step 3).
If the test failed (nothing happened), you need to click where indicated (click here).
After clicking to cancel, the “test cancelled” screen should appear:
N. Press
in Setup to exit and return the Main Menu.
If this test “passes” continue on to the next step. If this test had to be “cancelled” then further
troubleshooting is required. Turn the power off, check the connections and call Techno for
assistance at 95160 328-3970 or e-mail us at support@technocnc.com.
WARNING: Only proceed to Step 3 if the touchpad test was successful (it “passed”).
3. ZERO THE Z-AXIS
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A. From the Main Menu, press
.
The Tool Menu appears:
NOTE: Make sure that the tool bit is located directly above the touchpad (about 4 or 5 inches).
Although, this is just a Tutorial, in the future it is likely you will be setting the top portion of
your workpiece as the Z-axis zero. So, if you want to place the touchpad on top of some
cutting material for this portion of the Tutorial, do so now.
B. Press
The Z-axis begins it’s decent, once it contacts the touchpad, it will retract back up, having already
set the Z-axis Zero position. Check the Jog/Position Display counters on the Main Menu.
4. TEST THE NEW Z-AXIS ZERO USING GOTO
In this step we program the Z-axis to travel 1-inch above the zero we just set in Step 3.
A. Press
The Goto Pop-up Window appears:
B. Type “1” into the Z input box, then press
.
Watch how the Z-axis automatically travels to exactly 1-inch above the Z-axis zero.
NOTE: If you want the Z-axis to travel to the zero, simply type “0” instead of 1 in Step 4B.
Continue to the next page for LC Board / Touchpad Connection Options.
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Touchpad Connections For LC Control Board
LC SERIES
No 4th Axis Present
4th Axis Present
Touchpad Connector to P4 / Encoder 4
Touchpad Connector to Riser Card. Riser Card connected,
via ribbon cable, to JP4 I/O Connector.
For LC Plus, RG and Premium Class machines the touchpad gets connected to the Techno I/O Riser Card. The Riser card is ribbon-cabled to the Techno PCI
Controller Card, which is installed inside the computer.
P4 Encoder 4
Connector
P6 Accessory
Connector
JP4
I/O Connector
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