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I am not 100% sure about the parallel port aspect. I have read where others have replaced the controller with a USB based one. I saw a video of one of these being used with a UC100 USB to parallel converter so maybe that is an option:
The T suffix indicates Trapezoidal screws, and the Z is for Ballscrews
My main concern is its mechanical capabilities. Looks like it can engrave front panels OK but I would also really want it to drill holes for XLRs, pots and so on. I saw another video where a guy made large holes in half inch thick MDF by doing 15 passes. I am not too bothered about how long it takes to make a panel so maybe this technique is an option for aluminium panels up to say 3mm thick?Cheersian
You must keep in mind that there are about as many sorts of "aluminium" as there are days in a year. Some are notably much more difficult to mill/drill, particularly the softer ones.
Quote from: abbey road d enfer on January 22, 2016, 02:11:49 PM You must keep in mind that there are about as many sorts of "aluminium" as there are days in a year. Some are notably much more difficult to mill/drill, particularly the softer ones.
I have a home brew machine that uses a $50 ebay stepper controller, I am running XPwith a true parallel port, using mach3. I use Vcarve to generate Gcode or Eagle.I love it and built lots of cool stuff with it!
Ian,use an arduino running a g-code converter. much much easier, and easier to isolate with a USB isolator./Dafydd