I'm currently almost 50-60% done with installation of the "mechanical" part of the machine.
Now the problem starts about what control system to use.
EMC2 would be an option, but I can only accurately steer it with a very expensive pc here and most cheapo's don't get me the needed fixed timings.
So.... you start to look for a dsp solution.
However, I do have a few specific problems.
Please allow me to explain.
My machine is hax 48x24" travel and around 8" in Z
I use 3.1Nm steppers on all axes and these are driven by microstep drivers in 1/25th step mode (well I can configure, but in 1/25th step mode I have exactly 0.02mm travel per step on my x and Y axis while still being able to theoretically achieve 1m/s speeds)
My Z axis has a lot less travel per step since the Z is spindle driven and X and Y are belt driven.
Since I don't use the same travel per step as the buildlog machine, I wonder if you can actually setup these dsp controllers so that they adapt to the specifics of my machine. (being 0.02mm travel for 1 step)
I also do like the fact that you can print directly from coreldraw, but in reality I would like to be able to make engraving files myself.
Like on emc2 I could write Gcode files with some embedded extra codes (made by Ben Jackson) to also do raster engraving within the same job.
Is there a dsp solution available out there which enables me to create a file which can do both vector cutting and engraving in 1 job? I know it can be done directly from coreldraw, but I would like to be able to create those files myself from software (I'm a coder so thats not a problem if the dsp would understand some kind of file format which enables this)
I do believe that a DSP solution could be a lot easier for me then trying with emc2 , but then I would have to know at least if I could let the controller engrave and cut in 1 job based on a file which I can programmaticaly generate (and not from coreldraw or using the printer driver that comes with the dsp, but direcly creating the file itself)
In that case it would also be important to be able to set the desired laser power and ppi settings + speeds from within this file.
Hope I made it clear what I'm looking for and hopefully somebody recognises my needs and knows a solution for it.