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Is there a way to manually enter motor and chain calibration values?

I am using a non-standard frame, which means my motors are set just wider than the length of the provided chains (not possible to do the automatic measuring). How do I manually enter motor spacing?

lenthen the chains (or join the two of them together)

If you don’t have enough chain to get to the other motor, do you really have
enough chain to get to the bottom corners? (you may, but I think it will be very
tight)

I don’t know how adding length to the chains will help since as far as I can tell the calibration depends on the machine knowing the total length of the chains beforehand.

I’m planning to lengthen the chains eventually, but for now I will be able to reach ~95% of the area and I can raise a sheet on blocks if need be. I wanted to be able to run a 4x10 sheet if necessary.

I don’t know how adding length to the chains will help since as far as I can
tell the calibration depends on the machine knowing the total length of the
chains beforehand.

no, it doesn’t care about the overall length, it just knows how much it has fed
out (based on the sprocket size and how far it’s rotated)

so if you just take a master link and join the two chains together, you can hook
the combined chain over one sprocket and feed it out until it can reach the
other one and do your measurement, then it will retract the left chain (and you
can remove the master link and use the other part of the chain on the other
side)

I’m planning to lengthen the chains eventually, but for now I will be able to
reach ~95% of the area and I can raise a sheet on blocks if need be. I wanted
to be able to run a 4x10 sheet if necessary.

raising the sheet doesn’t help much, the long diagonal is already steep enough
that going higher doesn’t really help.

but you really do want to try and figure a way to run through the calibration to
let it calculate the chain sag.

You can click the “Settings” button at the top of GC and then manually enter the distance.

Then skip that step in the calibration process when you get there.

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