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BlackBox Motion Control System

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  • BlackBox Motion Control System
  • BlackBox Motion Control System
  • BlackBox Motion Control System
  • BlackBox Motion Control System
  • BlackBox Motion Control System
  • BlackBox Motion Control System

Estimated ship date is May 28th 2019



Welcome to the future in CNC machine control.  Our all-in-one plug and play OpenBuilds BlackBox Motion Control System is revolutionizing CNC.

CNC Routers, Plasma Cutters, Laser Cutters or any other CNC Machine – the BlackBox will handle the job thanks to its multiple connection options. The OpenBuilds Xtension Wiring EcoSystem makes it super easy to connect with any tool head without comprising on security thanks to our multiple limit switches.

What is Included

  • (1) Muscle Board (Stepper Drivers)
  • (1) Brains Board (CPU)
  • (6) BlackBox Panels
  • (1) 60mm 24v Cooling Fan
  • (2) Cooling Heatsinks for Drivers
  • (1) Switch Cap
  • Xtension Connectors
  • Assembly Hardware Set

  • Configurable Relay for generic use cases (Plasma trigger, Coolant Pumps, Spindle control, etc )
  • Auxiliary Serial Input for alternative connectivity expansion
  • USB Interface for Plug and Play
  • Up to 24v 5A switched output for coolant devices such as 24v DC pumps, solenoids, contactors, or Solid State Relays
  • Input Power Polarity protection with indicator LED
  • 10 Amp Input Power Fuse
  • 5v PWM and 5v Direction Spindle Signals
  • 0-10v Analog Spindle Control Signal Output for VFD Spindles
  • Door Interlock signal connector to allow machines with enclosures to pause/resume when the door opens/closes

  • Plug and Play easy connectors that work directly with the OpenBuilds Xtension wiring ecosystem
  • 3 x Endstop inputs with optional power output (Selectable 5v/24v) for use with mechanical or powered
    switches such as Inductive sensor
  • Endstop inputs are protected against high voltages to allow for use of 24v Inductive Sensors
  • XYZ Probe input
  • Slave Axis configurable as a slave X, Y or Z

  • Easily reachable Current Adjustment Potentiometers
  • Power Switch (no more reaching for the power strip or unplugging)
  • Built in cooling solution/through airflow design

  • Powered by ATmega328p 8 bit Microcontroller running Grbl 1.1
  • All new high end Enclosure/Case included, with built in back-lit indication LEDs
  • Dimensions 171mm (mounting flange included) x 80mm x 36.4mm
  • Muscle & Brains boards stacked configuration
  • Easy V-Slot compatible Mounting
  • Well planned locations of all connectors to allow for logical cable management

  • OpenBuilds CONTROL for easy setup and configuration


Assembly / Support / Documentation:

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3D Model Resources:

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11 Reviews

  • 5
    Black Box Motion Control

    Posted by Steve Phemister on Apr 29th 2019

    I jumped on one of these the day they were released and it was in my hands a short while later. Assembly was simple and straightforward and wiring connections were also without issue. Unfortunately, The unit I received was faulty (1st batch growing pains), but a quick email to support and a replacement was on its way. Plugged the new one in and I was in business! Works like a charm and I love the compactness it offers. OpenBuilds customer service was also great to work with and prompt with their responses.

  • 5
    BlackBox Controller

    Posted by Vishesh on Mar 18th 2019

    This is a very well thought out product. 1. Build Quality is par excellence. High quality components and connectors will ensure reliability of the machine using it. 2. This is one controller to easily control any 4 axis (3 + 1 Slave) machine using grbl. It can be a router, laser engraver etc. Makes it simpl plug and play. 3. Assembling the box takes only 15-20 mins. 4. There are basic led signals for faults etc which is quite cool. 5. 10v output can be used to control a spindle speed controller. Overall a very well designed controller. Will post further review after running it somemore time. Thanks

  • 5
    Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience...

    Posted by Jonathan on Mar 15th 2019

    Building my first CNC (Sphinx); decided to give this a try (also have a PMDX-424)... wired it up and had control in a few minutes (took longer to make wiring than to figure it out...)...

    Haven't gotten a chance to run any gcode thru it (CNC still being wired up)... but it definitely works and can power 3A NEMA 23s

  • 5

    Posted by Patrick Debooser on Mar 7th 2019

    A very well thought product that even includes the case and the cooling, a long awaited product finally there so don't hesitate anymore

  • 5
    Received, unboxed, assembling

    Posted by Matthew Dobra on Mar 4th 2019

    Although I have not integrated the blackbox into my project as of writing this, I can already see I will be impressed for sure. Reading the documentation, viewing specs, and inspecting the components, shows me that many hours and thought have went into this product. All components appear to be top quality and I am looking forward to my build. Customer service and shipping was awesome as well. 5 stars!

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