I am posting here to check whether we are on the right path. The object is to modernise an old 1960’s Beaver Mill. We rescued it over ten years ago and computerised it by building new driver cards for the old unipolar steppers and controlling it with Mach3, but now, 10 years later, we would like to improve further.
Unipolar steppers have their issues and so does Mach3, especially on modern hardware. So the owner has bought three servo motors:
So this is what we intend to add:
Three Granite Argon Cards
One SimpleMotion V2 USB adapter
One 24V PSU for logic Estop and brakes (how much power is needed?)
This takes care of the hardware bit. Does this bit sound OK?
This is the tricky part. The easiest path is probably Mach4 pro, but LinuxCNC looks very tempting. Anyway, the setup above should work with either Mach4 or LinuxCNC, right?