UC 100 USB Motion controller.

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  1. Mar 23, 2014 #1

    Tin Falcon

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    Has anyone here used this motion controller for Mach 3.
    I keep pondering getting smooth stepper .

    this one looks easy to install is basically a cable with a built in MC and then one needs to load the plug in.

    All the recent cnc discussion I came across this looks interesting .


    http://www.automationtechnologiesinc.com/products-page/servo-nema23-kits/usb-motion-controller

    http://www.automationtechnologiesinc.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/UC100-users-guide.pdf
    i see there is also a uc 300 which is a board more like the smooth stepper.
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  2. Mar 24, 2014 #2

    Wizard69

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    Interesting product, unfortunately this is the first I've heard of this device so obviously can't comment on how it works. I do like that the manual has a section for known bugs. They say they don't have any -yet- but I see this as a sign that they realize this isn't a perfect world.

    Given that I kinda wish that somebody would just implement a whole G-Code interpreter in one of these things. Honestly Mach has become a bit stagnate and it has been a long time since they previewed Mach 4. A simple four axis controller could easily be done in a dongle like this.


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    There are a couple small board based controllers, mostly in the 3D printer world. They are very limited in the gcode they support- printers dont need multiple coordinate systems or canned cycles and a lot of other stuff.

    They are also totally lacking in human interface, where mach3 and now mach4 excel.

    I have mach4 running, and there are several other guys doing early field test. It runs very well, but right now the only motion board ready with a plugin is the ethernet smoothstepper.

    I have been tempted to get one of the uc100 controllers, it is a neat small package. To many neat toys Id like to try.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2014 #4

    Tin Falcon

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    I know the feeling I seem distracted with the bells an whistle is stead getting on track and rolling with this.

    The beaglebones black and cape for $100 comes with box PS to run computer and software loaded on chip. keyboard cables and monitor extra. I expect since it is dedicated and Linus based i expect no need for external MC.
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  5. Mar 24, 2014 #5

    salzburg

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    Search for UC100 at cnczone and there are hundreds of postings on the subject.
     

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