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05 Feb 2019 15:00 #125739 by TheFabricator
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Hello friends, which control board do you recommend for a 3-axis router and spindle, other than a parallel port?
I want to start the manufacture of cnc routers.
keep in mind that I am from Argentina and the economic situation is very bad has to be compounded low cost.

Best rigards.
Rodrigo.

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05 Feb 2019 21:22 #125765 by Todd Zuercher
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For a simple 3 axis router the parallel port is hard to beat for cost.
A Mesa card is probably about the next cheapest option, but getting them in Argentina might be difficult, and expensive. (I really don't know.)

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05 Feb 2019 22:39 #125772 by TheFabricator
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Thank you Todd for reply.
The parallel port is true. The proble is the motherboards that difficult to get with parallel port, or in their defect PCI-E LPT cards that are not of good quality.

I will try to sell the machines that incorporate the mesa boards.

Best rigards.
Rodrigo.

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05 Feb 2019 22:49 #125773 by Clive s
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TheFabricator wrote: Thank you Todd for reply.
The parallel port is true. The proble is the motherboards that difficult to get with parallel port, or in their defect PCI-E LPT cards that are not of good quality.

I will try to sell the machines that incorporate the mesa boards.

Best rigards.
Rodrigo.


If you can get them the Mesa 5i25/6i25 are great value and you could then run a couple of cheap bobs off that or a 7i96 Ethernet card.

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13 Feb 2019 17:38 #126362 by andypugh
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Have a look here:
store.mesanet.com/index.php?route=produc...rt=p.price&order=ASC

Depending on how much custom hardware you want to use you could look at the 7i92 or the 7i76E. I am suggesting ethernet-connected devices as customers are likely to want to upgrade the PC.

The alternative is to hide a PC motherboard in the box so that they don't realise it is a PC. That tends to avoid the temptation to "upgrade". In that scenario a 5i25 or 6i25 connected to a generic BoB can give very good results.

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