3020/6040 Tabletop CNC USB Motion Controller Setup
Posted by Bryanna Bates on 16 June 2017 08:51 AM

Are you using the version of Mach3 from our website, Or was it sent with your machine on a writable CD? If it came on a writable CD and your machine came from an auction site like Amazon or eBay, it is more than likely a pirated version of our legitimate software that is unsupported and does not work properly. You can download the legitimate Mach3 from and control your machine in Demo Mode to test it out. This will run up to 500 lines of g code for you. Once you know everything works together, you can purchase a license file from our website. The USB motion controller in your machine is not compatible with our legitimate software, so you will need to replace it with a compatible motion controller. That machine can be run with Mach3 or Mach4. What I recommend is installing a PMDX SmartBob 414. It is a panel mount motion controller that is compatible with Mach4 only and makes for a neat and easy installation. We have profiles already that we can send you so you can get set up right away. The demo in Mach4 runs for 10-15 minutes before timing out, but will let you test your setup. If you have to use Mach3, there are no panel mount motion controllers, but there are several other motion controllers you can use. I would recommend the Ethernet Smooth Stepper from Warp9, PoKeys 57CNC from PoLabs, or the UC300 from CNCdrive in that case. The cheaper overseas options do not provide support for their products, whereas these options do. Let me know what you decide and we can help you either way.

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