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Offline dougharris

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Thermwood Conversion to Mach3
« on: May 18, 2013, 03:02:58 PM »
Need Suggestions on what hardware we need to convert an Older Thermwood c50 to Mach3.  The CNC has Big MHO ( Baldor Servos) and West Amp Drivers # 33026-5.  What Interface Boards will work with this config ??  Would we be better off changing out the Old Servos and Drives to new?  We had a 5' X 10' Omnitech with Fanuc PC Front-end, but had to sell last Fall.  So we are taking this Heavy Duty Router and trying to interface with Mach3. Any help would great !!

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Re: Thermwood Conversion to Mach3
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 06:06:22 AM »
If I am understanding then your servo amps will be analogue +/- 10v command signal.
If that is the case then you have a few choices if you want to keep the original motors/Amps.
CSMIO/IP-A
DSPMC
Galil
Kflop with Kanalog.

Of these 4 I have used the CSMIO/IP-A and I am loving it, it is everything I have wanted and been hoping for in a controller to use with Mach.

You can find some of my postings about it here

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/board,91.0.html

and also the build thread of the Chiron here

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,22495.0.html


You will have to make sure your servos have compatible encoders or that your amplifiers can output such signals.

Hood