CNC Taig MicroMill Startup With SuperCam
At this point the Micro Mill should be assembled.
Now the fun begins. Soon, the smell of hot metal on oil.

First you got to get SuperCam installed on the computer. There is a batch file in the main directory of the release CD, named 'DOSSETUP.BAT'. Execute the file by clicking on it from Windows Explorer and it will create the SuperCam Folder and copy the installation files to that folder. This does the same thing as the auto install program 'WINSETUP.EXE' on the CD, which does not always execute properly.

Parallel port has to be standard, keyboard & mouse has to be PS2 type. The installed operating system can be DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98 or ME.

When it's working right, you should be able to hit an arrow key on the keyboard and cause the table to move.

The HOME key on the keyboard should turn on/off the spindle motor by toggling relay A. When the Power Cord to the Spindle is plugged into the PWR A outlet on the controller and the Power Switch Lever is up on the Micro Mill.

The release cd contains a sub directory named SuperCam. The installation proceedures make a directory on the root C: drive and call it SuperCam, then the contents of the SuperCam Sub directory on the CD are copied to the Sub directory SuperCam on the C: drive.

Create a short cut on your desktop to the SuperCam.exe file in C:/supercam/ and you should be ready to go if the parallel port is standard and at 0x378 port address.

Most common computers now have the option of configuring the parallel port to one of three different settings.
SPP - Standard Parallel Port
ECP - Enhanced Control Port
EPP - Enhanced Parallel Port

The ECP and EPP are usually required for lazer printers in that they are bidirectional. Think I got all the abreviations correct.

SuperCam expects a SPP port setup, which is just raw output.

The parallel port configuration is usually determined by the computers CMOS settings, which are accessed by holding down the DEL key immediately after turning the computer on. Usually there is some message during boot that will tell the user how to enter the CMOS setup mode.

Once the mill is moving with the arrow keys it's time to execute the 'home' command. The mill will move to engage the limit switches on all three axis, but Z will move first, then X & Y. Once all three limit switches are engaged it will move to 0,0 for the X & Y axis.

Then it's time to mount material to cut.

The PLOTBUFF command on the side bar menu will make the machine execute the text initially displayed on the screen. It is a good idea to do this the first time with no cutting tool in the spindle. This should give you a feel right away how the machine is going to operate.





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