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  1. Why do we have a Gecko for our logo?

    Geckodrive Motor Controls was founded in 1999 and has been known for our quality, reliability, support, and our little green gecko. Our logo is on nearly every product we make, whether it is the small gecko imprint on the PCB, the gecko laser engraved on our stepper and servo drive covers, or the green gecko you see stamped on our...
  2. Troubleshooting Guide for the Geckodrive G540

    The easiest way to check to see if the Geckodrive G540 is working correctly is to connect only your power supply, a jumper wire between TERMINAL 10 and 12 and turn off the charge pump switch on the front of the drive. With only those things done you should get a green LED. If you do, begin plugging in your motors...
  3. What does a CNC Machine Consist of?

    Many people ask us what a CNC machine consists of. Every machine consists of the same basic four components. Here is a breakdown of each of the CNC machine components. A plasma cutter, router, mill or lathe are all going to use nearly identical electronics and software. The only difference is the mechanical assembly of the machine, and the tool...
  4. Tech Question: Can the Gecko G540 only put out a maximum of 1A?

    Tech Question of the Week: Q: I have a Gecko G540 and want to connect a 15-watt laser to the output 2. According to the laser manufacturer, the current is less than 4 amp (but can possibly be higher than 1A). Now, I was wondering will the G540 only put out a maximum of 1A or, will it start smoking...
  5. Tech Question: trying to get my G201X up and running

    Tech Question of the Week:  Q: I have spent a few days trying to get my G201X up and running. I can successfully drive it directly from Smoothstepper (ESS) however not via a few breakout boards. I have now tried three break out boards that use the Sharp EL/PC817 opto-isolators. After finding out these were possibly not fast enough, I...
  6. Digital Machinist Mention

    Have you recently picked up a copy of Digital Machinists recent Winter issue? Check out our new ad! Also, you can find our best-selling G540 is mentioned in the article, "Design and Construction of a CNC Bridge Mill" by Ted and Greg Smith on page 12. Ted and Greg Smith mention that their "motor enclosure is the perfect size to accept the Geckodrive...
  7. Initial setup of a GeckoDrive G201X / G210X

      Watch the video below to learn how to set up your GeckoDrive G201X and G210X. Questions? Contact our tech support team at [email protected] or 714 832 8874. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iswwjIv_Qdc More about the G201X and G210X... G201X The G201X is one of the most popular stepper drives from Geckodrive and is a drop-in replacement for the G201. It is built around our already proven...
  8. G251X Donation turned into USC Senior Project

    We recently donated a G251X to four students from The University of Southern California for a Senior Project. They made an incredible reactive trajectory system and are using the G251X to communicate with their x axis motor. The team of 4 decided to test the capabilities of a reactive trajectory tracking system. (Picture below) "Our theories on contour detection are being tested by building...
  9. Made in the USA.

    All Geckodrive products are proudly designed, manufactured, and shipped from our warehouse in Santa Ana, California, USA. For us, American-made manufacturing is not just about being part of a marketing trend. Manufacturing American-made products is the core of who we are as a company. There are endless economic and social benefits to making – and buying – USA-made products. Here are our top...
  10. Memorial Day Sale!

    MAY 26TH - 29TH 2017 This weekend were offering 10% off all Geckodrive online orders as well as FREE domestic ground shipping! (No promo code needed!) Click the here to start saving! *Limit 49 units per customer

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