Video for the first start
During the initial start of the software, you are first asked which language you wish to use.
Machine selection -> Plug&Play
Machine selection for automates parameter settings
Afterwards a list of known machines is displayed, with pre-defined parameter sets.
Information about Plug & Play parameter selection
If you have purchased the software with a machine, select the machine type most suitable.
You will not be required to enter manual parameter settings later on, unless you want to install any additionally purchased options.
Should your machine not be one of the models in the list ( High-Z / T-Rex / RaptorX-SL ), select “CncPod standard settings”. You then need to enter the most important parameters such as travel lengths, maximum speed and resolutions of the axes yourself.
Parameters for special machines
Special machines or proprietary machine designs need to use the separate manual ( included in the scope of delivery) for advanced users, as the detailed description of all possible settings is beyond the scope of this manual. The following only includes the most important features.
After selecting the machine model, the main software window will open. Normally, the machine needs to be switched on prior to running the software. If this has not yet happened, or should there be problems with establishing the connection, the following dialogue will appear:
Machine switched on?
Should you have forgotten to switch on the machine, you can make up for this by pressing „Repeat“ after you have switched on the machine. As the software, however, has not yet identified the relevant CncPod hardware, you thus need to select „Open dialogue“ in order to make the first connection.
Then the hardware selection dialogue will appear as presented in the bottom right. Doing so is necessary as the CncPod does not have any exclusive connection, but is sharing the infrastructure of the possibly large computer network.
Multiple machines in a network
A network may be connected to multiple machines or a machine is using other hardware modules besides the CncPod. Every module has a unique number (MAC address), so that the software can always note the assignment of „its“ module.
If everything is properly connected, the CncPod with a number or such shall appear in the upper part of the window under „Detected hardware (unused)“. Should nothing appear in that location, check whether the CncPod is correctly connected to the PC and uses the USB power supply for electrical current.
Check connection status
At least the right green LED light on the CncPod’s network connection should shine. You can display the list once more with „Search for network“. Should multiple CncPods be listed, which may occur if multiple machines are present in a larger network, you can use „Identification“ to find the right one. The selection then provides notification with the left, yellow traffic LED.
After you have selected the CncPod from the list, you can make a connection by pressing „Connect“. The Pod will then be displayed in the lower part under „Connected hardware (used)“.
As long as the lower list is empty, the software can only be run in demonstration mode. In this case you can try almost all of the software function, however no machine movements will be made but merely simulated on the screen. During the subsequent commissioning, the hardware should of course be selected and the demo mode deactivated.
As the software is constantly being developed, you may find the request for a firmware update during the connection of the software. This means that the software stored in the hardware module processors needs to be adapted to the status of the PC software. Should you receive such a request, follow the instructions in the Update Machine Firmware chapter.
The installation is now ended an you can register for the first time.