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Arduino ATC?
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:03:39 AM »
Is it possible to use an arduino as an atc, with mach3. I mean I realize its not a plc but it can communicate to the physical world in multiple ways. I really just dont want to buy a plc if my arduino that I already own can do the job. Im not up for trying to write a plugin for the arduino to be compatible with mach3, but i am under the impression that plc's dont need that so why would the arduino? I just would like some input on this. I am a newb to everything except for actually programming a machine and actual machining. The rest is currently greek to me, well other than a little self engineering. As far as programming stuff other than something that uses gcode im pretty lost. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Re: Arduino ATC?
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2014, 09:48:52 AM »
It depends on what you need to do with your ATC. Search this forum for Arduino Modbus to see how others have used an Arduino for I/O using modbus.
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Re: Arduino ATC?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2014, 11:38:15 AM »
Hoping the arduino forum might help shed some light too. Just literally searched arduino modbus my post is the only one that showed up. Not very encouraging but I'll figure it out somehow. There's no reason I couldnt use it like a PLC its just a microcontroller should be easy enough. I know when I'm done I'll keep a good amount of documented so others can do it too.
Re: Arduino ATC?
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2014, 11:38:55 AM »
The ATC will be an arm and rotator very similar too hoss ATC.

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Re: Arduino ATC?
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2014, 11:49:30 AM »
Never mind I'm an idiot was only searching general discussions somehow went back to all forums searched and found a nice documented arduino to modbus discussion.
Re: Arduino ATC?
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2014, 12:11:25 PM »
Yep that's the same one I found. Thanks Gerry.