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running 2 CNC machines from 1 pc
« on: July 20, 2014, 08:54:01 AM »
I have 2 CNC machines. I would like to be able to just unplug the parallel port cable from 1 and plug into the other and use the same PC. They are completely different machines however. Different pinouts, etc. Is there any way to do this with mach3? Any way to store different profiles or anything like that?

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Re: running 2 CNC machines from 1 pc
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 06:26:08 PM »
Easily.
Just create different profiles, and select the relevant one when you load Mach.
Re: running 2 CNC machines from 1 pc
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 06:38:44 PM »
A friend of mine uses a good quality 2-way parallel port switch to swap between lathe & mill
running 2 CNC machines from 1 pc
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014, 06:14:54 PM »
Me too.  Have a converted Myford S7 and a Denford Novamill, separate profiles called Myford and Denford, and a switch box I bought from an online computer supples place.  Works fine as long as I remember to set the switch properly!

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Re: running 2 CNC machines from 1 pc
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2014, 07:00:00 AM »
PC, controller,MPG's , etc all mounted on a compact movable cart works well for me.

RICH