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Microkinetics MN400 Plugin... Or Go to Breakout Board?
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:06:08 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has made a Plugin for the Microkinetics MN400 Controller?

Would like to use the controller I have but willing to switch to a breakout board.

If No plugin is Available anyone recommend a Breakout Board?

Will be using the Microkinetics Drive Rack With the DR8010 Drivers?

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Re: Microkinetics MN400 Plugin... Or Go to Breakout Board?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2014, 04:18:08 AM »
I have never heard of a plugin for that controller I am afraid.

What exactly does it consist of and how does it connect to the computer? What I am getting at is, is it connected via the parallel port or is it  a PCI card or USB or possibly Ethernet?
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Re: Microkinetics MN400 Plugin... Or Go to Breakout Board?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 06:16:12 AM »
It connects via USB or Serial... http://www.microkinetics.com/index.php?page=motionc

I am seriously thinking of just getting a breakout board and wiring it up to simplify things.

Any recommendations on a breakout board I will need 3-axis ?

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Re: Microkinetics MN400 Plugin... Or Go to Breakout Board?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2014, 06:25:03 AM »
Ok, you would definitely need a plugin to use the original hardware in that case.

Regarding a breakout board, I always used to use  PMDX breakouts, they are excellent quality and have never heard of anyone with a problem.

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Re: Microkinetics MN400 Plugin... Or Go to Breakout Board?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2014, 03:08:24 AM »
Thanks will be looking into a plugin are there any tech doc's for a place to start?

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Re: Microkinetics MN400 Plugin... Or Go to Breakout Board?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2014, 06:44:39 AM »
There used to be a SDK on the Artsoft site but not sure where on the new site it is located.

There is a plugin section on the forum, you may get help there.
You will find it here
http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/board,28.0.html

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