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Author: Xray

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Filesize: 166.09 kB

Date added: 2012-12-25

Rating: 5

Downloads: 1182

Views: 285

Comments: 4

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Made with: Algodoo v2.0.2 Edu

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I began this scene with a plan to design and develop a CNC controller and X,Y table, but after realizing how complex that would be (probably six months of work) I decided to keep it real simple. This CNC Plotter records and plays back only straight lines.

If someone (s_noonan?) would like to add more functions to this, and maybe implement a true CNC controller, be my guest (you have a lot more ambition than I do!!!).

Instructions are in the scene. I hope they aren't too confusing.

EDIT -- So that people don't look at that complex CNC controller and get frightened away, I will tell you that it is only a texture, and there are no active buttons on it. There are only a few labels that light up to indicate the Mode and other status. All control is done via your computer keyboard. Also, you do not need to learn G-Code in order to use this because it does not use G-Code. This scene only records and plays back straight lines. That's all!
Last edited at 2012/12/25 17:21:08 by Xray
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Damnt too complex:x
I don't understand what it actualy do?
Last edited at 2012/12/25 14:51:38 by Kilinich
Kilinich -- LOL!! If YOU don't understand it, then NO ONE will! :lol:
Looks good and works well so far. I probably won't try to modify this scene any time soon.

I was looking at the code and noticed that the x and y values are stored in a 1-dimensional array. It looks like you may have originally tried a 2D array, but it didn't work out. What happened?

A future enhancement would be to add an x-y stage from a top wiew and a z stage from a side view. You can use ideas from X, Y, Theta Stage if it helps.
Steve - I spent way too much time on this already. When the code starts to get so complex on a project that the original designer can't figure out what's going on, then it's time to quit or to re-write it. I made the decision to quit this one!

In reference to your x,y, theta stage, I do have a design for a 5 axis CNC "table". The five axes are x, y, z, and a. The a axis is the rotational (theta) axis. I was planning on using the table with my CNC controller and have it programmable using actual G and M code commands, but as I mentioned earlier, it's way to complex to code all of those commands, and I probably don't have enough years left to finish such a project before I meet my maker! :lol:

OOPS! Make that FOUR axes, not 5!
Last edited at 2012/12/30 22:43:02 by Xray