Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

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Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

Post by tulsajosh » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:22 pm

I have a older Torchmate 2 table and software. I was wondering if there was a way to hook up a PC game controller and be able to program it to jog my X & Y Axis when im setting my start positions?
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Re: Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

Post by weldguy » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:12 am

Yes, I believe any PC game controller can be used. Not familiar with TM software but I am confident you can easily make it work. Plug it in and give it a go :Like :Like

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Re: Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

Post by tulsajosh » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:56 pm

Well so far no luck getting it to work. Only seems to be setup for a torchmate/flashcut pendant and cant figure out how to convert it or recognize my controller as a pendant
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Re: Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

Post by WyoGreen » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:08 pm

I ran a wireless game controller on my Router CNC table, which used Mach3 as the control software. In order to make it work I seem to remember having to load a plugin off the Mach site.
I don't know what TM uses for it's control software, but if it is proprietary software, then I would imagine they would have to make a plugin. That said, I've read a lot of posts where it is not recommended to use a wireless controller on a plasma machine due to the RF generated by the plasma arc, which could mess up the wireless signals and lead to unwanted (read dangerous) results.

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Re: Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

Post by weldguy » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:40 pm

tulsajosh wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:56 pm
Well so far no luck getting it to work. Only seems to be setup for a torchmate/flashcut pendant and cant figure out how to convert it or recognize my controller as a pendant
On your Torchmate can you jog the torch using the arrow keys on your keyboard?

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Re: Can I hook up a Game Controller to run Jogging?

Post by 6 cylinder puller » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:42 pm

Well I am interested in this to because my table is 20 ft from my computer and this would help greatly with setting zero and part zero

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