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Is there a way to change the software axis orientation?

The Manual Controls and laser controls are off by 90 degrees from one another. I know you can flip the axis in terms of +/1, but can they be turned 90 degrees? I would like the axis controls for the laser to be set in relation to the boxzy symbol on the front of the unit (same orientation as when in manual control).

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When you are facing BoXZY unit (looking at the sticker) your home axis (0,0,0) is at the top left hand corner.

Your X-axis is more positive the closer it gets to you.

Your Y-axis travels from your left hand to right hand (+) and at max positive it will reach the gear box).

Z-axis is the table and it moves from top to bottom (+).

At the moment there is no option to rotate (turn) the axis at the software level (BoXZY laser .dll plugin).

As a temporary solution you can physically reposition (rotate) your BoXZY unit.

I guess in your case, you would turn the unit so that your home (0,0,0) will be at the bottom left hand corner.

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I cannot for the life of me, understand why J4 orientated the axis this way!

I have had to program many 3-axis co-ordinate measuring machines and they have all been without exception, x-axis left/right, y-axis front/back. Has this convention changed with 3D machines?


...and to make things more confusing, in one tab the right arrow moves X and in another, it moves Y. Huh??


It came down to prototyping. People working on BoXZY in early development chose to use it with the side of the machine facing them as to give greater access to the working area and filament drive. When setting up the control system the side was chosen as the X axis for this reason. Viewing the machine from the side give X left and right, Y forward and back. The arrows in the manual control window can be changed to be whatever you would like (in printer settings), so it was left that way. You can change what arrow is forward/back, left/right, up and down. The laser window doesn't yet adjust with that setting and is set based on what was preferred by the programmer. Its in their "fix it" list.


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