Archive for January 3rd, 2018

MPCNC: Emergency Stop / Feed Hold / Resume Pendant

The Protoneer CNC Shield has pin headers for GRBL’s Feed Hold and Resume inputs, so it seemed appropriate to put big buttons on the far end of the cable:

MPCNC - E-stop Hold Resume switch box

MPCNC – E-stop Hold Resume switch box

The Emergency Stop Push Button Switch Station arrived for ten bucks delivered halfway around the planet.

There’s not much to the wiring inside the box:

MPCNC - E-Stop switch box - interior

MPCNC – E-Stop switch box – interior

I drilled a hole to fit the 6 pin Aviation Wire Connectors  I got for this very purpose:

MPCNC - E-stop switch box - drilling

MPCNC – E-stop switch box – drilling

You could CNC machine a precise D-hole, but let’s stay realistic about the application. Applying a deburring tool enlarged the 9/16 inch hole enough to force the 16 mm threads into it, with the drill press holding the connector perpendicular to the box while I hand-turned the chuck to screw it in.

Although I like the Protoneer CNC Shield, I really really dislike using header pins as connectors:

MPCNC - Protoneer Wiring - SSR

MPCNC – Protoneer Wiring – SSR

Those pins are much too delicate.

The DC-DC solid state relay input connects to the Arduino’s +5 V power supply through the red mushroom disconnect switch. The mushroom is normally closed to turn on the SSR and connect the power brick’s +24 V supply to the motors; it opens when slapped. GRBL will continue about its business, but without any power to the steppers the MPCNC will stop dead in its tracks. Turn the mushroom cap clockwise to unlatch and reset.

The disconnect switch should also kill AC power to the router, when I get around to adding one to the mix, probably through a DC-AC SSR.

AFAICT, the cable should come out of the box on the end with the mushroom switch, putting the “normal” pushbuttons closer to me. I did it the other way around, because I want the panic button to be the most easily reached thing on the benchtop. If I have time to think about it, I can reach around the mushroom to the Hold switch.

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