139019Re: [mach1mach2cnc] Is a Break out board needed with these drives?
- Mar 4, 2013Thank you for the input Bob and Henrik. Very much appreciated.
On Mar 3, 2013 10:04 PM, "Henrik Olsson" <henrik@...> wrote:
> Hi Dustin,
> I took a look at that drive, cool one!
> You want to operate the drive in position mode with the encoder feedback
> to the drive. The step and direction outputs of the Smoothstepper is
> then connected to the auxillary encoder connector (P3) on the drive. A
> breakout-board isn't strictly needed (it rarely is) but it almost always
> makes wiring the system up a lot easier. There are a couple of break-out
> boards specifically made for the Smoothstepper available, might be worth
> a look.
> You can feed the encoder back to the Smoothstepper as well as to the
> drive (but you don't have to). It will allow you to SHOW the actual
> position in Mach3. The actual position-loop is handled by the drive
> though. I'd probably let this be until you get the rest going.
> Apparently you need to get a CAN-interface for the PC in order to
> configure and tune the drive, that kind of sucks since you're not
> actually going to USE the CAN-interface in operation. Oh well....
> Good luck!
> On 4 mar 2013 02:29 "Dustin Cluff" dustinrcluff@...> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > Been away for a while but finally getting back to my project which is
> > converting a servo controlled engraving machine to Mach3. I just
> > purchased
> > some Advanced Motion Control drives (
> > http://www.a-m-c.com/download/datasheet/dx15co8.pdf> Would I need a
> > BOB with
> > these drives? I'm considering using a Smoothstepper with them.
> > Also another question that is of almost equal importance is: These
> > drives have the encoder feedback loop running into them. I also
> > noticed
> > that the smoothstepper also has inputs for encoders (up to 3 axes).Do
> > I
> > feed the encoder inputs into the smoothspper as well? also if I were
> > to
> > later add a 4th axis would the Smoothstepper be able to handle the
> > inputs?
> > Thanks for any and all help, Dustin
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