26Re: Saving in brother format on floppy disk
- Nov 29, 2004Great info. Once I get the machine I will be able to tell what can be
done with it. I am surprised that the knitting machine market is not
developed more, relative to CNC market, although I am thankful for
DAK. Your comment that KH-940 requires a high human intervention tell
me that maybe I don't need the program and cable for a long time
because if there are 555 Brother designed patterns stored in ROM
then maybe it is practical to use them rather than getting into
making my own designs.
I also know that there is a Garter accessiry that automates teh
--- In email@example.com, "John R. Hogerhuis" <jhoger@p...>
> On Mon, 2004-11-29 at 15:50, mikezcnc wrote:engineered,
> > I agree. Look here:
> > http://tinyurl.com/6hskf
> > http://tinyurl.com/7yo9d
> > Except for it is for an embroidery machine.
> Yeah my Mom has an embroidery sewing machine that can take these
> proprietary oddball flash cards, probably the same kind.
> The data format for these machines has already been reverse
> and there is actually a related SourceForge free software project.for
> I found this on the web, I include it here only to give a feeling
> what I want to figure out for the Brother 930 KM (this is actuallyfor
> an embroidery KSM file format):signing of
> Structure of a KSM (Pfaff professional) design file :
> (all values given in HEX)
> Design data starts at 200 Hex = Byte 512 dec.
> Three bytes per stitch, data is stored unsigned while
> x- and y-y+15 , x+2
> coordinates is done by two bits in Byte three
> typical standard stitches :
> Hex values : Binary equivalent:
> Explanation (dec)
> NNNN 0F 02 80 00001111 00000010 10000000
> NNNN 0A 06 C0 00001010 00000110 11000000y+10 , x-6
> NNNN 03 7F A0 00000011 01111111 10100000 y-3 , x+127length,
> NNNN 20 13 E0 00100000 00010011 11100000 y-32 , x-19
> Bytes 1 and 2 of each stitch hold the unsigned stitch
> bit 7 of bytebit 5
> three is ALWAYS set, bit 6 tells you y is negative, while
> negates x.color change
> Color changes:
> NNNN 03 08 99 00000011 00001000 10011001 y+3 , x+8
> Bits 0,3,4 of byte 3 set tell you this is a color change
> Back to KM's though:
> > About DAK like program: it onsists of two parts, one is a design
> > package, that takes colors, shapes, styles into consideration to
> > calculate a control file for the machine. The second part of the
> > program is the data trasfer protocol and file.
> > I am interested in downloading the data from a PC to a machine
> > possibly data from the machine to a PC for a modification withina PC.
> >output a
> > I understand that it is very difficult to write a program to
> > control file for the machine according to a requirement, acertain
> > type of a sweater. But it cannot be that difficukt to send thedata
> > from a PC to the machine and vice versa. What kind of data is a
> > different matter at this time.
> > John, do you know how many motors are in a knitter and if they
> > steppers or servos?probably
> Don't know much about the km hardware (yet), and at the moment my
> interest is confined to the data format. I'm a programmer so I
> have my own limit as to how helpful I can be there in any event, butsomeone
> certainly your questions are on-topic for this list, and I hope
> following along can help you.things
> Although Brother km's are "machines" they have a strong manual
> intervention component. If you're looking to seriously automate
> there is a hard limit to what you can do unless you are addingmotors
> and replacing the control panel with your own circuit boardconnected to
> a PC.
> Brother km's are hobbyist devices, and aren't really intended to be
> completely automated.
> -- John.
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