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3 pin drive will it work
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:43:15 AM »
My control which I am trying to replace with MACH3 only uses 3 pins on the printer port 2,3,and7.  Will MACH3 work with this setup?
Thanks,
Dave

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Re: 3 pin drive will it work
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 01:29:49 PM »
Not unless it is a single motor setup. Any info about the control and machine its operating?

Hood
Re: 3 pin drive will it work
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 02:12:44 PM »
It is a 3 motor mill,Trionics Handyman.  It is a 1988 era mill with Centroid electronics and MAE hybrid stepper motors?
My Centroid electronics contain 1 board labeled   CPU3 REV 870830, one labeled HE 512C00604-001 Rev A, and three labeled Flux Capacitor Drive Rev 870312.
  The motors are MAE  HY  200-3450-700, which they appear to make something similar still today.
All of this is controlled with the input controls next to the display via 3 wires.
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Dave

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Re: 3 pin drive will it work
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 02:21:58 PM »
Afraid there is no way that Mach can control that from 3 wires. With it being steppers there is a good chance that you could interface it to Mach relatively easily but may need a fair bit of rewiring.
Hood
Re: 3 pin drive will it work
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 02:51:19 PM »
shootrock,

Whats wrong with the Centroid control? It usually runs on Linux.

Ed
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Re: 3 pin drive will it work
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 03:30:31 PM »
The CRT is out and they don't make a replacement,it is powered by Centroid ,but adapted to Trionics panel. It also uses a DRO from scales to check its movement.
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Dave
Re: 3 pin drive will it work
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009, 01:16:10 AM »
I'm beating a dead subject here, but I thought I'd clarify this post for posterity and other folks... that 25-pin port with 3,5&7 is a serial port, not a parallel port. The centroid control is a CNC3... 1200 7E1 I believe... the Tri-onics DRO and control up top is just a "user-friendly" interface for conversational programming that literally screen scrapes the centroid below. The centroid speaks G-code natively.

You cannot interface Mach to the centroid (the centroid is a cnc controller itself), but you can drip feed it using other software if necessary... Mach CAN interface with the stepper drives inside, though they are the noisiest full-step drivers on the planet and you may as well throw them out and get geckos.