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Stepper and Servo drive sources (Hardware)

Company Name

Notes

Website

Xylotex

Low cost micro-stepping drives for motors up to 2.5A.  Qualtity and good support.

http://www.xylotex.com

Gecko

Micro Stepping drive (stepper) to 80V 7A and Servo drives to 20A.  Lots of information on the website.  Popular for larger machine applications.  Great support.

http://www.GeckoDrives.com

Rutex

Australian based mfg of Servo Drives with higher voltage and current ratings.  Has US  reseller. 

http://www.rutex.com

PICO Systems Controllers for use with EMC only.  Servo feedback through EMC. http://pico-systems.com/motion.html

Hobby CNC

Unipolar Chopper type stepper drive.  Low cost but units are Kits (parts in a bag).  Build your own and save!

http://www.hobbycnc.com

 

Hobby & Small Commercial Control Software (PC based)

EMC

Free open source Linux based motion control software.  Has features for both stepper and servo.

FREE

http://www.linuxcnc.org/

MACH 3

Windows (2000 & XP) based parallel port Step & Dir controller.  Free demo limited to 1000 lines of code.  On line support group at Yahoo (MACH1MACH2CNC). Over 3000 members

159.00 Free upgrades for life

http://www.artofcnc.ca

TURBOCNC

DOS based parallel port step and direction software.  Low cost.  Runs on older PC's

65.00  Free upgrades

http://www.dakeng.com/turbo.html

DESKCNC

Windows based motion control.  Requires external pulse card (proprietary)

350.00 Includes hardware step gen card

http://www.deskcnc.com/

WINCNC

Windows based motion control.  Requires internal PCI proprietary card.  Pricing is based on commercial usage.  Sold mostly through dealers and OEM's as part of a complete package.

1200.00 Includes PCI controller card.

http://www.wincnc.net/

 

Breakout Boards and Other Input/Output

Campbell Designs

Long time provider of higher end breakout cards with plugin options like relay cards and spindle speed.

http://www.campbelldesigns.com

PMDX

Good selection of qualtity Breakout cards and an innovative Gecko "motherboard" product. 

http://www.PMDX.com

CNC4PC

Low cost breakout cards. Units are ala carte with separate power supply and options

http://www.CNC4PC.com

CandCNC (Us)

Low cost Breakout cards.  Buffered & Isolated.  Rated for use with Gecko and Xylotex

http://www.CandCNC.com

 

 

 

 

Torch Height Controllers

Source

Notes

Website

Price Range

Campbell Designs

THC300 product.  Over 200 sold.  Works with MACH2/3 Only.  Supports Anti-dive and touch-n-go referencing .  Lowest cost solution.  Port 1 signals not handled.

http://www.campbelldesigns.com

$350 - $390

CandCNC

MP1000-THC 2nd generation THC for use with MACH3 only.  Two full ports of buffered and isolated signals.  100% digital.  LED readout.  Preset voltage values from console or MACH3 table. Anti-dive, Touch-n-go, custom screens. Other machine control features

http://www.CandCNC.com/

$695.00

DynaTorch

AVHC Stand alone unit.  Pre-pierce material sensing done using "force feedback of motor".  Software interface with non-DynaTorch software not addressed on site. Works with any controller or two axis machine.  Included in their "packages"

http://www.dynatorch.com/avhtctrl.htm

$1995.00

Torchmate

Stand alone THC.  Can be used with any control software.  No provision for auto pre-pierce material sensing

http://www.torchmate.com/height_control.htm

$2399.95

Hypertherm ATHC

"Command THC"  Commercial THC.  All the features you would expect from a machine costing this much.  Ohmic height sensing for initial pierce.  Total stand alone system.

http://www.hypertherm.com/mech_systems/comm_thc.htm

approx $10,000

 

Sources for electronic parts

BGMicro

Interesting variety of parts.  Good prices.  Good website. On line ordering. Fast shipping  In business 20 + years

http://www.bgmicro.com

Marlin P Jones Associates

Wide selection of power supplies and transformers.  Good pricing

http://www.MPJA.com

Alltronics

Another long time surplus electronics vendor.  Has a unique selection (eklectic?) of products. 

http://www.alltronics.com

C&H Sales

Industrial type surplus.  Motors, mechanical parts

http://www.candhsales.com

American Science& Surplus Fun place to spend a few hours just reading the descriptions!  Everything from Arts and Crafts to Elecrical supplies. http://www.sciplus.com

ElectricSurplus

Poor website.  Good prices on capacitors (what they have) http://store.electricsurplusstore.com
Jameco Full line distributor of electronics.  Fast same day shipping.  Likes small orders. http://www.jameco.com
Digikey 500,000 parts in stock, rapid shipping, likes customers of all sizes.  Very helpful phone agents. http://www.digikey.com

Surplus Sales

Surplus electronics.  Lots of parts.  Pricing is high for surplus

http://www.surplussales.com/