Finished build my Crossfire Pro and attempted to run the break in program and it took me an hour to troubleshoot and recover from that fiasco.
Problem 1: The break in program needs some sort of documentation other than “run it”. I have the limit switches installed and had the table at machine home (upper left corner). First time I ran the program it halted saying the program ran beyond the limits of the table size. I thought maybe the switches needed to be turned off to run the program, and re-ran it.
Suggestion: There needs to be documentation explaining how to setup the machine to run the program correctly.
Problem 2. Without the limit switches enabled, the program crashed both gantries farther into the upper left. Hit Stop. Again, without docs, no idea why this happened.
Problem 3: Somewhere in all this restarting the app and power cycling the hardware, Firecontrol was stuck with no program loaded, Pause button was blinking, and all other controls disabled. Clicking Stop or Pause did nothing. Appeared to think it was running a program, but there was no program. Finally had to track down and delete the preferences file (Mac). That solved this problem.
Suggestion: There is some bug in Firecontrol where it thinks there is a program running, but there isn’t and you can’t tell the app to stop the non-existent program.
Problem 4: With the limit switches now jammed closed, Firecontrol refused to allow me to jog the motors to a better position because there were alarms for the switches being closed. Circular problem. Power cycling and disconnecting the switches did not help. Finally had to power down, rotate the X axis shaft to get off the switch, and then short the connectors for the Y axis to fake the switch being open (two motors, can’t hand rotate to solve).
Suggestion: Firecontrol should not disable jogging for limit switch alarms as you need to be able to jog to clear the switches.
Hoping tomorrow goes better. Filling the tray with water and additive, testing the THC, and trying my first cuts…