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Coil Winder ARM Controller Software 3.1 released with Firmware 1.5

We have always stated that our software and firmware is always in development and the main reason is because the more Coil Winding Machines we sell, the more weirder and more wonderful applications people seem to use it for.
So as we get bug reports or feature requests to be added, we try to release a new version as soon as we can.

Recently we sold a machine to a customer who needed very accurate movements down to degree level, using the Scripting engine and off the back of this a few small bugs were found.
These bugs did not really effect the normal Automatic winding feature of the software and firmware, but when sending thousands of quick short commands, there was some tweaking that needed to doing.

The tweaking has ended up in a lot of time re-writing chunks of the firmware and software code and a lot of time sat in front of the machine with a scope and a lot of various combinations of commands being fired at the controller.
We also attached various Micrometer Dial Gauges around the machine and external pulse counters to check every mechanical movement was coming out the same as the scope the debug feedback information from the processor.

I have got to add a great thanks to Dan for really putting the machine through testing and the time he spent helping us out.

Also while tweaking the code to obtain small accurate movements, we have ended up with much cleaner and faster pulse trains, that now improves accuracy and repeatability over the full range of speeds and pitches.
The firmware now looks more closely at the frequency of each motor and taking into account the interpolation that is needed between both motors, alters the pulse train to suit that speed and adjust automatically where needed.

These changes now offer improved return to zero positioning and also resume from pause improvements and higher speeds.
All new machines and ARM controller upgrades will be going out with the new Software and Firmware as default and it is highly recommended that if you have a machine with the new ARM Controller that you upgrade.

As usual the new Software and Firmware can be downloaded from our downloads page.

http://www.ukcnc.net/index.php/downloads/

It has always been free to our customers and will remain so in the future.

Before you upgrade your firmware, please make sure you read the instructions in the forums.


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Guitar Mini Coil Winder review by Crimson Guitars

We sent one of our Guitar Mini Coil Winders over to Ben at Crimson Guitars and thought we would share the unpacking video.

These guys are a UK based company that run a Custom Guitar Building Studio, they share their knowledge of building guitars and other projects via weekly videos and online site.

Well worth checking out their site at http://crimsonguitars.com

Here is the video below

 


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Coil Winder ARM Controller Software 2.4 Beta released

Today we have released version 2.4 of the Coil Winder ARM Controller software and also updated the Coil Winding Software Manual to version 1.2

This release is for the Mini Coil Winders and the 200mm Coil Winders that have the ARM controller fitted.

Both can be downloaded from the Downloads Page.

Main chage in this release is adding the new updated manual when the Help buttons are clicked within the software.

As usual, any issues then please do not hesitate to contact us.


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CNC 800mm x 800mm Page Updated

The product pages for the CNC 800mm x 800mm Routing Machine have been updated with some new pictures and specifications.

We still want to do some videos showing the machine cutting out various materials, before taking orders for the first batch.

We have also now finished documenting the assembly and wiring instruction manuals for the new CNC 800mm x 800mm Routing Machine.

These can be viewed in the Support Forums and if you are interested to view them before purchasing, then do not hesitate to contact us on info@ukcnc.net and we will get a account set for you.

It has taken much longer than we anticipated getting the machine kit ready for market and this was mainly down to the workload we have had with building our batch machines and custom machines for customers. But we are getting there !

 


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Downloads Page added

We have now duplicated the latest software and documentation out of the Customer Support forum to a public Downloads area.

The link to the Downloads area can be found on the top navigation menu of the site.

This should make it easier for existing customers to download the updates and also for potential customers to download the software and take a closer look.

More detailed posts will remain in the Customer Support Forum for now until we decide on a migration solution.

 


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CNC 800mm x 800mm machine update 30th May 2016

Rather than write a lengthy update on the progress of our new CNC 800mmx800mm machine, I decided to do a quick video.

This machine will be sold as a kit and as mentioned on the video if you would like to view the build instructions to see what is involved, then feel free to register on our forums and send me an email. I will then upgrade your access rights to view them.

 

 

Here are some snaps from construction manual


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New Website Layout

We now have a new layout for the website which we are hoping will de-clutter all the information and make it easier for visitors to navigate around.

If you find any errors or issues, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

 


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