2013-05-14 05:55:50 UTC
LinuxCNC. I converted a Crusader M Lathe to LinuxCNC a few years back.
I'm trying to make the new control very close to a plug in replacement for
the old control. You disconnect the 3 scales and the large 20 pin MS
connector from the Crusader II and plug them into the LinuxCNC control.
I have the pinout connections for the scales and am most of the way done
with the large connector. I have 4 inputs and 1 output I don't know what is
yet, probably some kind of an enable output and inputs are likely limit
switches and an enable, I'll have to trace them out on the mill, I've only
traced out on the Crusader II controller so far.
I don't know if there are very many interested in doing these conversions
but I thought after I get it all done, I could make a file package with
documentation of the connections, the hardware I used, and the software
configuration files. If the servo amps are adjusted to the motors for the
Anilam control, then they should be close for the PID gains I come up with.
There are features I'm planning to add on, these include an interface for a
variable frequency spindle drive, Outputs for coolant and add on I/O. I
would also like to add encoder receptacles for a spindle encoder and a 4th
axis, plus maybe 5th axis encoder and analog signal. I thought maybe before
I get a spindle encoder attached, I could use one like a hand tach for
setting the spindle to the correct speed.
Anyway, after it's all done and working pretty well, I'd like to zip up the
project folder and make it available to anyone else interested in the
conversion. Would the drop box be appropriate for the files or elsewhere?