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General Mach Discussion / Two heads
« on: January 10, 2011, 08:50:33 AM »
Hello all
I'm currently building my first CNC router and am planning on using Mach3 to control it. My design is a moving gantry style, however with abit of a twist.

I'm planning on mounting two 'machining heads' onto the Y Gantry. The first head will have my router, the second will probably have a laser diode for burning/etching. Both heads will have separate Y and Z axis steppers but they will share the same X axis.

When 'head A' is in use, 'head B' is parked at one end of the Y gantry out of the working envelope. When I want to tool change I would like to park 'head A' at the other end of the Y gantry (again out of the working envelope) then bring in 'head B' to continue.

So I would need to control 1 X-axis, 2 Y-axis and 2 Z-axis.

Could such an arrangement be possible to control with Mach 3?

Regards

Peter

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