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Re: Using a mouse's scroll button as MPG?
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2009, 10:25:42 AM »
Where are you finding old printers for 50 cents?

And one of the benefits of using a mouse would be, you wouldnt be spending anything, you'd literally use the mouse you already use on the PC controlling the machine, you might have an extension cord, but you'd literally just pick it up and use it as an MPG.

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Re: Using a mouse's scroll button as MPG?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2009, 07:02:46 AM »
Not discounting using the mouse wheel and  just wanted to make you aware of a cheap alternative.
Somewhat off thread here.
You can find "old" printers at fleamarkets, trash, garage sales, etc. We bought 10 for 5 bucks from
a liquidation place as they had a pile of them they just wanted to get rid of. We got 8 encoders out
of the 10 so i quess cost was more like .63 cents.
RICH
Re: Using a mouse's scroll button as MPG?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2009, 10:29:29 AM »
Yesterday i hooked up an old rotary encoder to my PC and tried it as an MPG and it worked fine, however, in my situation where im using a control head PC, its much easier to utilize the USB vs running wires all the way down to my electrical cabinet where i have my motion controller and breakout boards. It just seems like more work especially when i have a couple USB ports on the side of my control head.