1. #1
    Hi

    This is my first post . I am trying to find out if there is any way that i can run my mach 3 software from my laptop through a usb/parallel bidirectional lead . Or is there a lead or a circuit board that i can buy or make so that i can

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks

  2. #2
    A usb to parallel port adapter wont work. You need something like this:

    http://www.planet-cnc.com/

    Or:

    http://www.zappautomation.co.uk/prod...roducts_id=202
    (10% off there at the moment...)

    As you can see it's an expensive way to do it. You save by not needing mach3, but then arguably that's not a saving as you could use the free EMC2 instead.

    A PCI parallel port in the laptop may work ... not sure.

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    If you want to use USB and Mach, SmoothStepper from www.warp9td.com is another option.

  4. And Speaking of SmoothStepper i have one that i don't use with extra add-on board for it! if you or anyone else is interested ?

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by AdCNC View Post
    And Speaking of SmoothStepper i have one that i don't use with extra add-on board for it! if you or anyone else is interested ?
    I'm interested in it, 4MHz step frequency is lucrative...

    PM sent
    Last edited by Jonathan; 21-08-2011 at 08:34 PM.

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    Another option is the KFLOP from http://dynomotion.com/, which has a Mach3 plugin, however it's nearly $100 more than the SmoothStepper.

  7. #7
    i use ethernet socket as i was advised there is less interference and it is just better by someone with more knowledge than me.

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