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Axis as Spindle?
« on: January 27, 2011, 07:13:10 PM »

I'm currently making a 3D printer and was wondering if I could use mach3 to connect the extruders.  I want it to have dual heads and can't seem to figure out how to connect the second head.  If it was a single head I'd just connect it as a spindle.  But with 2 heads, I'm not sure what to do.  Can an axis be 'turned on' without any Gcode? Can Mach3 be configured for dual spindles?

Any insight is appreciated.

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Re: Axis as Spindle?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 11:43:57 PM »
Maybe you could use M3 for one spindle and M4 or M5 for the other

If this only for a 3D printer

You will probably have to manually update your Gcode for that.

Or any Mcode can do if you

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Re: Axis as Spindle?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2011, 08:18:20 AM »
The axis as spindle as toggle will get way too messy.  Just use M3/M5 for one head and M8/M9 for the other.  Of course you'll need an interface relay tied into your controller but they are out there at a reasonable price.
Hope this helps,