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Updated to WorkBee Z1+

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  1. This step requires the removal of existing parts on the Z-Axis Stepper-Motor Remove the left 2 x M5-Cap-Head-Bolt-50mm.
    • This step requires the removal of existing parts on the Z-Axis Stepper-Motor

    • Remove the left 2 x M5-Cap-Head-Bolt-50mm.

    • Slide out the 2 x Aluminium-Spacer-40mms.

  2. Insert the 2 x Aluminium-Spacer-35mm into the Touch-Probe-Mount, pushing them in until they can go no further.
    • Insert the 2 x Aluminium-Spacer-35mm into the Touch-Probe-Mount, pushing them in until they can go no further.

  3. Tuck the wire underneath the Touch-Probe-Mount as seen in Image 1. Place the Touch-Probe-Mount with the 2 x Aluminium-Spacer-35mm under the Z-Axis Stepper-Motor.
    • Tuck the wire underneath the Touch-Probe-Mount as seen in Image 1.

    • Place the Touch-Probe-Mount with the 2 x Aluminium-Spacer-35mm under the Z-Axis Stepper-Motor.

    • Using the previously removed 2 x M5-Cap-Head-Bolt-50mm secure the Stepper-Motor.

  4. Feed the Touch Probe Wire through the Drag-Chain-Mount and then through Drag-Chain-X so it comes out the Fixed End. Secure the wire to the Drag-Chain-Mount using a small cable tie. Then secure it along Motor-Wire-6. The connector on the wire is keyed, so there is only one way which it can plug in.
    • Feed the Touch Probe Wire through the Drag-Chain-Mount and then through Drag-Chain-X so it comes out the Fixed End.

    • Secure the wire to the Drag-Chain-Mount using a small cable tie. Then secure it along Motor-Wire-6.

    • The connector on the wire is keyed, so there is only one way which it can plug in.

    • Plug in the Touch Probe Wire following Image 2.

  5. Enable The Touch Probe.
    • Enable The Touch Probe.

    • Press 'Reset to Defaults' to make sure we have the correct settings for the Original WorkBee XYZ Touch Probe.

  6. Plug your Touch Probe into the Touch Probe Mount Connector. In WorkBee Control go to Control > Dashboard. You will now see the panel 'Touch Probe Control'
    • Plug your Touch Probe into the Touch Probe Mount Connector.

    • In WorkBee Control go to Control > Dashboard.

    • You will now see the panel 'Touch Probe Control'

    • You can view the status of the Touch Probe.

    • Clip the Crocodile Clip to an End mill not in the Router Head, and hold it touching the Touch Probe like Image 3

    • The status of the Touch Probe should change to 'Triggered'

    • If it does not, verify your wiring. Otherwise Contact Us.

  7. Locate your Touch Probe over the corner of the material. Jog the machine until it is within the 'START HERE' Hole, roughly level with the surface of the Touch Probe. Connect your End mill. Select the Work Coordinate system you would like to probe in.
    • Locate your Touch Probe over the corner of the material. Jog the machine until it is within the 'START HERE' Hole, roughly level with the surface of the Touch Probe. Connect your End mill.

    • Select the Work Coordinate system you would like to probe in.

    • Select the Corner you have the Touch Probe on.

    • Define the Endmill Diameter.

    • Press Probe Corner to begin probing.

    • Wait until the 'Probe Successful' confirmation.

    • Unclip the Touch Probe from the End mill and Touch Probe Mount.

    • Press 'Go to Work Zero'. Your machine should be perfectly aligned with the corner of the material.

  8. Follow these Steps to Probe the Z-Axis Only. Connect your Touch Probe and End mill like previous. You can either have the Touch Probe on a corner with the End mill over the middle of the probe like Image 1.
    • Follow these Steps to Probe the Z-Axis Only.

    • Connect your Touch Probe and End mill like previous.

    • You can either have the Touch Probe on a corner with the End mill over the middle of the probe like Image 1.

    • Or you can have the Touch Probe anywhere on your material, but upside down with the End mill over the inset portion like Image 2.

    • This time just press the Probe Z button.

Conclusion

Thanks for following the guide. Any issues, please contact us!

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Ryan Christy

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17 Comments

Hi Ryan,

I want to use your touch probe on an MPCNC with your Firmware and WebControl. I bought your touch probe alredy and now I want to test it. The step 6 test is ok, but the axis are moving in the wrong way. For Z axis e.g. it moves up instead of down. It will stop if I touch the endmill, so the connection is ok. The machine ist working well, so I do not understand why the moving direction is contrariwise in this specific function.

Is the a way to change this?

Thank you very much

Best regards

Gerd

Gerd Lobmeyer - Reply

Hi Gerd, thanks for your comment. On your MPCNC, if you press Z+ which way does the Z-Axis endmill move? Ryan

Ryan Lock -

Hi! Could I use this on a shapeoko xxl?

Olly - Reply

Hi, the provided connector is for our machine. However you can remove out connector and connect it to any controller you wish, including the Shapeoko XXL. Ryan

Ryan Lock -

Hi Ryan

Im trying to test the probe .

The Z axis moves up ( rather than down) when probing for the Z point.

If I push if I jog -5 the z moves down.

How do I correct the direction ?

Edwin Kalish - Reply

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