Try the Software Online
Make your CNC incredibly easy to use with the Buildbotics controller's intuitive software.
Upload your GCode and press the play button to run a simulation of the real Buildbotics CNC controller.
See what it's like to configure motor, tool and limit switch settings.
Compatible with most CAM software
The Buildbotics CNC controller accepts GCode from CAM software like Fusion 360, Mastercam, VCarve, BobCAD, MeshCAM, CamBam, and many others. Test your GCode for Buildbotics compatibility for free with CAMotics.
Built-in Stepper Drivers
- 4 motor driver channels
- Up to 6A per channel
- 12v to 36v DC
- Up to 256 microstepping
- Smooth S-curve acceleration
- Step rates up to 250k/sec per channel.
Drive most NEMA 17, NEMA 23 and NEMA 34 motors. Preliminary support for 4th axis as a rotary axis. The fourth driver can be synchronized to drive a single axis with two motors. Click here for a list of some motors we recommend.
We know you want your CNC to just work when you need it to. Yet, many cheap CNC controllers were designed with little or no attention to electrical safety. The Buildbotics controller is protected from:
- Thermal overload
- Under voltage
- Reverse voltage
- Voltage spikes caused by motor stalls
Stay Cool even without a Fan
The Buildbotics controller protects against thermal overload. Through careful selection of high-quality electronic components, the Buildbotics controller stays cool, without a fan, even while driving 6A motor loads. Going fan-less not only eliminates noise but also avoids sucking in dust and debris.
Dedicated Computer not Required
A finely tuned PC running Mach or LinuxCNC is not needed. All of the control software is built in so you can be sure that your CNC will run smoothly and uninterrupted.
Even very large GCode programs run without support from a remote computer.
Fast, Smooth & Accurate Stepping
Get maximum performance and accuracy from your CNC. The Buildbotics controller achieves smooth step rates in excess of 250,000 per second allowing you to use up to 256 microstepping at high speeds.
Wired or WiFi Networking
The Buildbotics controller offers a modern Web interface accessible from a browser over your local network or WiFi. A whole network of Buildbotics controllers can be managed from a single computer.
Free Simulation Software
All the software you need to run GCode on your CNC machine is built in to the Buildbotics controller but you can also use our free simulation software to test your GCode before you run it.
The CAMotics CNC simulator computes 3D cut previews from GCode. CAMotics can also send GCode directly to the Buildbotics controller over the network and track the machine position while it runs.
RaspberryPi 3 Inside
The built-in Raspberry Pi 3 running Linux on a 16GiB microSD card provides massive potential for building your next big idea. Install additional software or use Python to implement your own features.
Good documentation is essential. We are still working on perfecting our documentation and will continue to do so. Stay tuned for tutorials on CNC building with the Buildbotics controller.
The PWM, enable and direction outputs can be used to control a wide array of tool heads. The RS485 connection drives high-speed VFD controlled air or water cooled spindles over two wires.
I/O Breakout Box Included
Limit switches, Z-axis probing, PWM spindle control, RS-485 spindle control, and e-stop switches can be easily connected via the included 25-pin I/O breakout board using simple screw terminals.
Power Supply Options
Connect any power supply which outputs 12-36v DC with at least 6A using the included power cable or buy the Mean Well GST280A-C6P power adapter on our store for a totally enclosed fan-less option.
The Buildbotics controller comes with time saving pre-made cables for connecting stepper motors, power supplies and load switches.
The included gamepad is used to jog the machine's axes and navigate menus on the LCD screen. With an optional USB camera you can keep an eye on your CNC from a Web browser or smart phone.
Wired Ethernet provides reliable network communication even in noisy environments. The build-in WiFi can also be used to put your CNC on the network.
Switch External Loads
Two load switches, each capable of supplying up to 15A can power heated beds for 3D printers, extruders, vacuum tables or whatever else you can think of. For AC loads an inexpensive SSR switch can be used. External relays can be used for higher amp DC loads.
By carefully considering heat throughout the design process the Buildbotics controller dissipates heat through its fan-less aluminum enclosure without sucking in metal or wood shavings.
Four screw holes allow the enclosure to be easily mounted on or near the machine.
The Buildbotics controller has been successfully tested in many CNC builds both by us and our customers.
We filmed the construction of a Taig CNC mill, an OX CNC router, a K40 LASER upgrade and a Dyna Myte 2400 retrofit. Check out the videos on our Youtube channel.
Check out some of machines we've build with the Buildbotics CNC controller.
Welcome, software and hardware developers. We’ve already implemented a lot of cool features but we have not even scratched the surface of what this controller could do. That is why we’ve made everything Open-Source.
Here’s what you can find on GitHub: