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Multiple Head Support
« on: July 21, 2006, 07:41:14 PM »
Does Mach 3 support multiple heads on CNC routers?  If so how?  If not, will this be included in the future?

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Re: Multiple Head Support
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2006, 03:48:18 AM »
You can drive up to 6 axis at any one time,  it all depends on how you want to control the heads, if all are on a common Y and Z axis then you can have as many as you want,  if all the heads have independent movement then the 6 axis limit comes into play.

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Re: Multiple Head Support
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2006, 09:42:06 AM »
There is also an axis sub call for VB scipting. This makes it so you can tell an axis that it is the New Z axis... Works well for a two headed router
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Re: Multiple Head Support
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2006, 09:32:51 AM »
There is also the commercial way of doing it where you have all your heads mounted on a single z axis and each head is mounted on a slide that is moved by pneumatics. A signal to a relay and one head is lowered, a signal to all the relays and all the heads are lowered, and so on.