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where can I purchase the hardware
« on: October 13, 2020, 11:16:20 AM »
Hello Chaps.
I have been trying for the last 6-10 years to get my Mach3 lathe running .
I started with just the basic 2 axis system but as time went on I got a vsd and a 3rd axis
installed as well as some rudimentary accessories like home switches, limit switches and other
bits and pieces added.
I am no electrician nor a electronics fundi so I have had these installed by various other proffesional
and wannabee proffesional "experts" but usually in the installation something else was upset
and had to be redone.
The latest thing is that I am told that the lpt port has given up the ghost and that lpt ports are
virtually unobtainable so I should convert to a network system.
I have had a guts full of all this messing around .
can someone please point me to a place where I can buy the complete setup in one smack.
I would like to buy a "box" which will enable me to connect my computer at the one end and all the
steppers, limit switches , cables and the rest to the other end then switch the damn thing on
and calibrate the machine and then get on with some meaningful chip making.
Please suggest a supplier who can do this for me?
all help is sincerely appreciated !!
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Re: where can I purchase the hardware
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2020, 06:28:00 PM »
You could try this company here in the UK.

https://www.routoutcnc.com/builtcontrollers.html
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Re: where can I purchase the hardware
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2020, 03:13:15 AM »
thanks graham- i am emailing them now.
by the way - just and interesting side remark.
I have just bought a chinese laser cutter.
being a laser it has 2 axis ( the up and down is manually controlled by a small motor)
it comes with software to allow the operator to draw out a simple shape in 2d and the software
then converts this to gcode which you copy onto a memory stick and plug the stick into the
laser machine

the inside of the machine only has a powersupply and a small board ( the board is about 100mm X 75mm)
and this does the whole thing? I am surprised because my mach 3 controller has a box about 350mm wide
by 600 mm high and this box is packed with electronics - but in essence the whole thing actually controls what this tiny chinese board does in a fraction of the space .
is there not something like this for the control of mach 3 ?
best regards
 and thanks again

fred
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Re: where can I purchase the hardware
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2020, 10:10:47 AM »
A laser has no cutting force so the power requirements are very low and so these little boards can have the drivers built on to the board, your machine will have many amps of power per axis so it needs lots of cooling.
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Re: where can I purchase the hardware
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2020, 01:37:18 AM »
thanks - so thats what it is all about !!
to mee it just looked so simple??
regards

fred
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