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When we released the Genmitsu 3018-PROVer CNC, one of the features that we were excited to include with it out of the box was the inclusion of a Z probe which, when utilized, automates the process of establishing the Z-Zero position.

For any user of a CNC, to successfully operate your machine, you must set it up for the toolpath you have created (see Fusion 360 Quick Start Guide for more about that step) by establishing where X, Y and Z are equal to Zero. Jointly, these three values establish the "origin".


Simply put, this establishes the starting point by which all movements in the operation are related to. Most people would think that the X and Y coordinates are the most important, to make sure your project fits in your stock material, but these are also the easiest to set.

In comparison, it is much, much harder to set your Z-Zero by conventional methods such as that shown in this video:

This manual process is highly subjective, requiring user expertise to do correctly, and takes all too much time. In comparison, the use of the Z-Probe entirely automates this process for you, and eliminates the possibility of user error, as shown in this video:

Take a look at the guide here and feel free to post any questions or comments below.

Things you may need to utilize this guide:

  1. Genmitsu 3018 PROVer 
  2. Genmitsu 3018 Pro + Z Axis Probe Accessory

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Created on Posted by James Young Comment Link

Can this be used with the Sainsmart genmitsu 3018 with the black Frame. I see pins on the board for end stops but no zprobe, could I use it in place of the Z min or temporary until zeroed. If so would I have to make any firmware changes

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