In a nutshell…
I grabbed my laptop off the laser without unplugging the USB and walked away, ripping the USB cable from the laser at an odd angle.
The USB plug on the laser was damaged quite badly, I attempted to straighten out the pins and plug it back into the laptop, which thankfully survived the fall. I can not be certain but when I plugged it back in, one of the pins on the usb cable may have either touched another pin or the metal housing.
Here is where I am at now…
I have removed the USB running from the laser machine frame to the controller. When I power on the laser now, the laser powers up, but the machine no longer resets the laser head position as it always had done at start up. (normally you can hear the slight clunk sound of the motors engaging as the machine resets itself at start up…this is not happening)
I can not move the laser head via the ruida touchpad and the gantry moves freely as if the machine was turned off.
I pressed the test button on the power supply and I see no light dancing in the laser tube as you normally would.
I do not know if I damaged the controller, the power supply or any other components. I could really use some input and would be eternally grateful.
Did you damage the USB plug on the actual controller or a plug extension panel mounted on the machine? If the plug on the controller itself is still intact, try unplugging the panel mount extension from it and power cycle the machine to see if it homes normally on startup.
EDIT: I’m sorry. I just reread your post. Sounds like you have tried this already.
Your Z Axis limit is triggered (lights 6 and 5) and I am not sure about lights 2 and 4 because I do not have my limit X or Y switches wired using Lmt+. I only use Lmt- for those. But by the looks of it X and Y are limit triggered as well on the opposite of 0,0 (maxed).
on the 6445, the LED status only glows when the limit is triggered. If you have triggered your limit switches, it explains the unresponsiveness.
Any idea what would trigger the limit switches all of a sudden?
I will gladly pay if someone can walk me through this. I have closed my etsy store because of this but still have orders waiting…its a devastating situation Ive created for myself…
Notice my fan…it no longer works either. I have plugged it directly to the wall and it does still work.
You will need to trace all of your connections / wiring. Check all of the terminal blocks as well. Do this with the power off. Note the green terminal blocks on the controller unplug in groups (they’re modular). So it is easy to unplug a group (CN5 for example) inspect the wiring / tighten the terminals, then plug it back in.
The limit switches are magnetic. I manually moved the gantry away from x and y and the red lights turned grey. I tried running a file from the controller and still nothing happens. I have checked all connections and everything is good. I did notice the light on one power supply is off. I am sure why it is not getting power yet.
I will send a pic. 5 minutes…
I also found a usb cable from an old printer that is A-B. I managed to plug in the laptop and find the laser via lightburn. I can access all menus and controller info but can not run any programs from the computer or the ruida panel.
The L5 wire pictures is where the power should come from, it leaves here, goes to the stepper power supply and splits off to the tube power supply.
I am not sure what those 2 clear Plug in boxes are…??
Does L3 (the switched line voltage) to Neutral have 120V on it? L3 should be constant 120v. (Should be any Neutral as Neutral shouldn’t be switched anywhere but you never know on these Chinese machines as we must remember they are made for both 120v and 240v North America configurations. I say North America because In NA, 240v consists of split phase @ 180° out of phase 120V RMS legs for the net 240v. In Europe, the 240v supplied is on a single phase across a neutral like our 120v.)
Also, can you take a full view shot of your machine’s guts (the electrical components) for me?
Well, this is the hardest post I think I’ve ever had to type.
I just got back to my little shop and as soon as I walked in I noticed something…yep…my frickin kill switch was depressed. My heart sank as I recalled the nightmare I put myself through for the last 2 days. I must have hit it while trying to stop the computer from falling on the floor…I don’t know.
I apologize for taking up so much of your time yesterday, Jeff, I can’t thank you enough for stepping up and having my back. I was quite stressed about the whole ordeal and cant even begin to tell you how much of a fool I feel like. I KNOW that is the FIRST thing to check…It just slipped by me, I guess.
Let this be a lesson to everyone, there’s no need for us all to feel silly and embarrassed, Ill take this one for the team…CHECK THE KILL SWITCH!!!
(I may install a siren and 1000 watt stroke light on it so this never happens again.)