KRS CNC Keypad Controller

CNC Keypad Controller

In this article I’m going to review the KRS CNC Keypad Controller. This keypad can operate a PC controlled CNC router or plasma. This device will eliminate that cumbersome PC keyboard that must be hauled around to run your machine. Below we will go into greater detail about the KRS CNC Keypad Controller.

Keypad Layout

This is the KRS CNC Keypad Controller template that works on the Camaster machine I’ll be discussing. I’ll go over each series of buttons, their functions and how they’re used to operate this particular machine. Other preset templates are available from the KRS Corporation for download here.

Resume/Enter

This button will begin/resume the command or job listed in the command line.  KRS-CNC-Keypad-Controller

Abort

This button aborts a command or job that is running.

Fast/Med/Slow

These buttons allow you to specify the transit speed of your machine.

Jog Increment Buttons .001″/.01″/.1″/1″

These buttons allow you to specify the increment of a jog move.

Y Axis

These buttons allow you to initiate a manual transit or jog movement from the KRS CNC Keypad Controller. Holding the button down will continuously move the machine’s gantry at the speed set for the Y Axis.

X Axis

These buttons allow you to initiate a manual transit or jog movement from the KRS CNC Keypad Controller. Holding the button down will continuously move the machine’s gantry at the speed set for the X Axis.

Z Axis

These buttons allow you to initiate a manual transit movement from the KRS CNC Keypad Controller. Holding the button down will move the machine’s Z Axis at the speed set.

Laser Off/On/Zero

These buttons allow you to activate/deactivate the laser function from the KRS CNC Keypad Controller. The Zero on laser button will align your router spindle to the laser center. This function is the same as the WinCNC button Laser X0.0 Y0.0.

Tab

This button opens the default editor specified in the WINCNC.INI file. WinCNC uses Notepad by default.

Pause Job

This button Pauses/Continues a command or job that is running.

KRS CNC Keypad Controller

The KRS cnc keypad controller is setup for WinCNC systems as a default. The keypad can be programed to work with any controller that uses a PC. Users may have to program buttons to be configured to their particular equipment. This keypad works on CAMaster, Shopbot, Shop Sabre, EZ Router, any CNC that uses a windows PC as the controller. More than one keypad controller can be utilized on the same system.

Final Opinion

The KRS CNC Keypad Controller is reasonable priced. The Little Little Woodshop was able to obtain ours from US Router Tools. It has a slim sleek design that’s more compact than a bulky keyboard. Large easy to read buttons with your choice of 3 different cover plates. A 15 foot cord gives plenty of mobility around the machine. The ability to configure to multiple machines makes it very universal. I look forward to the release of a wireless unit for my shop. I would most certainly recommend the KRS CNC Keypad Controller for the professional or hobbyist.

Thank You for taking the time to read

~Steve

 

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