New web store !

Today we launch SuperGerbil.com, a dedicated store for our range of laser and CNC controllers.  The store sells our laser and CNC controllers and accessories in a standard shopping cart format.  As with Awesome.Tech, local and international shipping is included in the product price. We’ll continue to blog and hold the K40 forum on Awesome.Tech

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Super Gerbil CNC Controller Accuracy Testing

We machined this simple acrylic disc to give us confidence that Super Gerbil was working accurately. It’s time to test the Super Gerbil CNC controller accuracy, so we designed some simple shapes in Fusion 360 and machined from some clear 4.4mm acrylic. First up, a disc with a design diameter of 25.00 mm in Fusion […]

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Super Gerbil CNC Controller Testing

A part of our upcoming toy truck, used as a demonstration of Super Gerbil CNC controller It’s time to put the Super Gerbil CNC Controller pre-production units through their paces with a testing regime that’s included a wide range of activities: Installation – technically correct and user-friendlyConfiguration – technically correct and user-friendlyAll the basic operations – jogging, […]

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Nomad 883 CNC mill upgrade – controller and 4th axis

Let’s be 100% clear, I love my Nomad 883 CNC mill, it got me started with CNC.  Now, I’d like to take it further by adding a 4th axis, however this is tricky as the Nomad’s controller, and standard grbl, doesn’t support it.  Fortunately, Paul’s developed a brand new ‘Super Gerbil’ 5 axis CNC controller (now […]

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The 3020 / 6040 CNC mill 1 day upgrade challenge

The 3020, 3040, 6040 and 6090 are low cost no-brand CNC mills that come in various 3 or 4 axis versions, but suffer from underpowered electronics and poor software.  So we’ve created the Super Gerbil controller as a high quality upgrade to the electronics and software tool chain.  For a bit of fun, we’ve challenged ourselves […]

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PPA Calibration

PPA calibration refers to discovering and setting tuning factors for electromagnet timing. It is performed to: While the default calibration figures usually work well, in some cases, the default tuning factors need to be changed to get reliable rotation on your PPA, and/or Achieving highest possible speed operation of the PPA Finding the best tuning […]

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PPA – debugging

You’ve turned on your Personal Particle Accelerator, but aren’t getting the results you want ?  First, try the basic checklist: Completed the construction, Read the safety advice Performed the commissioning tests Attempted starting the PPA ok, here’s the next level of detail: The ball rolls to a stop, apparently unaffected by the electromagnets: Confirm the second-from-the-end LED […]

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PPA – powering up the Personal Particle Accelerator

So, you’ve either built your Personal Particle Accelerator and completed the commissioning tests, or purchased a ready-made unit. Either way, you’re keen to turn it on and show those Higgs Bosons who’s the boss… here’s what you do now: Review the safety advice Connect and turn on the power supply.  Use between 12V and 20V DC.  The […]

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