[vc_row el_id=”1559328254970-547943e4-e5d7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”5165″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]I was a little apprehensive about setting up the electronics for the Maslow. I’ve been an occasional reader of Make magazine, I’d heard the term Arduino, but I’d never seen one in person. I like to make things, but that’s mostly been rough woodworking, fiber related, or graphic design- nothing with electronics or chips of any sort. But the Maslow designers really made the process easy. I sat down at my kitchen table, laid out all the parts, and was done in about half an hour.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559413944961-91da2c35-ebed”][vc_column][vc_column_text]I had a few hiccups, like not realizing I was supposed to open a program once I’d downloaded it, so I tried to make sure the instructions I wrote for the manual spell out details like that.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559414120423-4c972855-212d”][vc_column][pgscore_info_box layout=”style_2″ content_alignment=”left” icon_position=”left” icon_disable=”” title=”Assembly 1.2 Adding the Electronics” title_el=”h4″ title_color=”#323232″ description=”Click PDF image to download these instructions in PDF format” enable_step=”” step=”01″ style_2_step_position=”above_title” style_4_step_color=”#323232″ style_5_step_color=”#323232″ icon_style=”default” icon_size=”lg” icon_shape=”square” icon_background_color=”#cccccc” icon_border_color=”#cccccc” icon_border_width=”5″ icon_border_style=”” icon_enable_outer_border=”” icon_outer_border_color=”#cccccc” icon_outer_border_width=”5″ icon_outer_border_style=”” icon_source=”font” icon_image=”” icon_color=”#e2574c” element_css=”” element_id=”” element_class=”” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-file-pdf-o” icon_openiconic=”vc-oi vc-oi-dial” icon_typicons=”typcn typcn-adjust-brightness” icon_entypo=”entypo-icon entypo-icon-note” icon_linecons=”vc_li vc_li-heart” icon_monosocial=”vc-mono vc-mono-fivehundredpx” icon_material=”vc-material vc-material-cake” icon_pixelicons=”vc_pixel_icon vc_pixel_icon-alert” icon_flaticon=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559414280136-7a8e549c-f1d5″][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6943″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” css_animation=”fadeIn” link=”http://www.makermadecnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/1.2AddingTheElectronics-3.pdf”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row pgscore_enable_responsive_settings=”true” el_id=”1559434418583-5b2341f5-4f9d”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”5171″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Tools Needed” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

  • Power Drill
  • Screwdrivers
  • Safety goggles
  • Computer or tablet
  • Internet connection

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  • Part #1 AC Power Cable
  • Part #2 Arduino with Heat Shield
  • Part #4 DC Power Supply
  • Part #9 USB Cable
  • Part #10 Flash Drive (optional)

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  • Part #11 X and Y Motor Cables
  • Part #12 X and Y Motor Mounts
  • Part #13 X and Y Motors
  • Hardware Bag #5
  • Hardware Bag #6

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  • X and Y motor cables, as well as motors, are interchangeable at this point
  • Insert one end of a cable into each motor
  • Insert other ends into to Ports 1 and 3 on Arduino with yellow wire at bottom as shown
  • Port 3 controls left motor Port 1 controls right motor as viewed when facing the Maslow CNC

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  • Plug DC power supply into shield
  • Arduino also has a power supply port, plugging power supply into it will not damage it, but will not provide power to motors
  • Connect power cable to DC Power Supply
  • Plug power cable into surge protected electrical outlet

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  • Plug USB cord into Arduino
  • Plug other end into your computer
  • USB light will come on to indicate that board is connected and receiving power from your computer

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  • In your browser, navigate to
    https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
  • Download latest version of Arduino IDE
  • Note: Some users have reported problems with “Windows App” version
  • Open zip folder
  • Install program on your computer
  • Open program

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  • In your browser, navigate to
    http://github.com/MaslowCNC/Firmware/releases/
  • Download latest version of firmware
  • Open zip folder
  • Install program on your computer

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  • Click File -> Open
  • Select cncctrlv1.ino
  • Click Tools -> Board
  • Select Arduino/Genuino Mega or Mega 2560
  • Click Tools -> Port -> Your Port
  • Select port- on Windows, COM3, on Mac and Linux computers dev/tty/
  • If unsure, disconnect USB cable from Arduino, check which option disappears
  • Open program

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  • Click upload button in top left corner
  • This uploads firmware to Arduino
  • Linux users: if getting timeout or permissions errors, try adding username to dialout group then logging out and back in
  • When upload finishes, close Arduino IDE

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  • Go to the Ground Control page on Git Hub
  • Download latest version of Ground Control
  • WINDOWS USERS
  • Open zip folder
  • Click Launch Ground Control” shortcut
  • MAC USERS
  • Install Ground Control by moving it into your applications folder
  • Click icon in applications folder
  • Select “Open”
  • Linux and Raspberry Pi users:
  • Reference instructions on Maslow website

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  • In Ground Control, click ACTIONS on top left
  • Click PORTS, a list of ports will appear
  • Select same  port you used in Step 6
  • Click CONNECT

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THAT PART’S DONE! YOU’RE NOW READY TO INSTALL THE ELECTRONICS ON THE FRAME. BEFORE PROCEEDING DISCONNECT POWER CABLES, USB CABLES, AND MOTOR CABLES.

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STEPS 10-12 TAKE PLACE ON THE TOP BEAM OF THE FRAME, REPEATED ON EACH END

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  • Position motor mounts on beam flush with front and side edges
  • Using two screws per slot on base of each motor mount, fasten motor mounts to beam with wood screws

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  • Place one motor in each bracket
  • Slide lock washers over screws
  • Fasten screws through front of motor mount into aligned holes in motor

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  • Insert set screw in hole on side of sprocket
  • Screw in slightly with allen wrench
  • Place sprocket over motor shaft
  • Tighten set screw with allen wrench

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STEPS 13-14 TAKE PLACE ON THE BACK OF THE FRAME

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  • Gently remove shield from Arduino
  • Position Arduino in center of plywood
  • Insert screws through holes
  • Slide standoffs over screws
  • Screw into plywood
  • Re-attach shield

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  • Attach Arduino to motors with cables
  • Connect power supply to Arduino
  • Connect USB cord to Arduino
  • For more details review electronics setup guide

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NEXT STEP: BUILDING THE TEMPORARY SLED

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