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Switching Inputs for ZZero

Say we want to move the z-zero plate wire from input 1 into a new open input.

1) Loosen the screw over input 1 and remove the black wire. Loosen a screw over one of the open inputs (input 5, for example), insert the wire, and tighten the screw back down. Make sure that the stripped end of the wire is inserted well into this terminal block, but not so far that the screw is clamping down on the wires plastic coating. At this point, double-check the ground wire to make sure there is a good connection there as well.

2) Turn the control box back on and open the control software. Click on Tools > ShopBot setup. Click "next" to get to the z-zero setup screen (it should be the 2nd or 3rd screen). There will be a space that asks to select which input switch the z-zero plate is on. Change this to 5 (or whichever input used), then click through the rest of the screens and click "I'm done" to save your settings.

3) Upon exiting the setup routine, click on Values > Input/output switch modes. Make sure that input #5 is set to "0-standard switch." Click OK.

4) Run the z-zeroing routine to test.

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