Thread: Motor control
I am looking at building a Rockcliff machine. Having modeled it from the plans I can understand the mechanics of it and will learn its weaknesses soon enough.
what components are required to make it move?
PC with design software and then postprocessor (mach 3).
A controller is then connected to parallel port. Is the controller also the power supply for the motors?
I would like to buy what's required even before I start the build so that I can setup the motors and get them spinning asap.
Having purchased the MDF, I will hopefully start a build log soon.
And does the controller also manage the limit switches too?
Skittles, have have you looked into this yet?
Last edited by crazy horse; 12-03-2009 at 11:07 PM. Reason: forgot to ask
You will need three stepper motors, three drivers, power supply powerful enough for three axis and a breakout board.
Either the FL57STH76-2808 or the M60STH88 motor would work, with the M60 motor offering a lot more power.
These motors work very well with the MSD542, and we suggest two PS407 power supplies.
Have a look on our webshop, we should have everything you need?
Visit Us: www.zappautomation.com
I bought my motors, drivers and PSU's from Zapp (+ballscrews etc)and they are a first rate outfit IMO. I went for driver kit 1 and it has been faultless. Your router is going to be quite a bit larger than the plans with consequent increases in weight to move around so I'd go for the more powerful 60 motor and 2 PSU's.
You are also intimating this will only be a stepping stone to a better machine. The more powerful moteor will pay you back then as you will maybe find your next machine will be even bigger/heavier. I skipped the stepping stone bit and went for the full monty :)
Regards, Jeff.Nothing is foolproof......to a sufficiently talented fool!
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