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Offline Blaat

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Which Control/Breakout Board
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:18:57 PM »
Hi

I'm currently busy building my new CNC machine.
And I'm looking for a control/breakout board that works with Mach3.

I use 3 axis (2 steppers on Y, 1 driver on X, 1 driver on Z)

I want to use a home switches on all axis, e-stop and a probe.
Documentation/support from the manufacturer would be nice.

USB or LPT is fine.

Which board satisfies my needs?

I'm not into the Chinese breakout boards. Very bad experience with Chinese stuff.

I'm located in Europe. So please no USA suppliers/manufactures of control boards :)
 

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Re: Which Control/Breakout Board
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2016, 04:04:52 PM »
CSMIO/IP-M may be worth a look, differential Step/Dir , 12 Inputs, 4 outputs, 2 relay outputs, 2 analogue inputs and 2 analogue outputs.
Digital I/O is 24v for noise immunity and the analogue inputs can be used for pots for overrides and the analogue out can be used for spindle control so no need for extra spindle controller and no need for a breakout board.
Also it is Ethernet so  a solid interface.
They are from Poland.

Hood
« Last Edit: July 04, 2016, 04:06:51 PM by Hood »

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Re: Which Control/Breakout Board
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2016, 07:10:29 PM »
Other Euro option would be the PoKeys57CNC board - https://www.poscope.com/pokeys-devices/PoKeys57CNC
I've never personally used one, but seems a very capable controller with good support.

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Re: Which Control/Breakout Board
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2016, 04:39:35 AM »
And in the UK you have http://diycnc.co.uk/ however they're designed around parallel ports.

It's also worth mentioning Emvio sell Ethernet Smooth Steppers in the uk - https://emvioeng.com/shop/cnc-and-automation/motion-control/ess-bundle/

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Re: Which Control/Breakout Board
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2016, 04:09:07 AM »
Thanks for the replies
The CS labs board looks very good, but the M model doesn't work with a slave axis. It won't get aligned properly.
Had contact with CS labs. The more expensive models are able to do it, but they are too expensive.