We like to go back and revisit the Parallel CNC module http://ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/374
The driver that come with at are too basic and need to be updated and we are seeking some community contributions.
Do you have a CNC base or are you buying one? This includes milling ,lazer cuttong, plotting, 3D printing…etc. Are you interested in controlling your CNC from a NETMF system? If answered yes, proceed reading
What doe the module need? This module hosts a tiny but powerful 50Mhz microcontroller. This micro generates pulses, where each stepper-step is controlled by a pulse. Right now, the firmware has a simple position for X, Y and Z where setting a new number causes the module to keep generate pulses until the it reaches its destination. Sound like everything we need? I am sure there is much more to it and we need an actual CNC setup to test the functionality. We have a CNC setup at GHI and we will be doing some testing on our end as well.
Are you interested in contributing/testing? Do you have Parallel CNC and some gadgeteer gear? If answered yes, what can we do to help you contribute? How can you contribute? Note that this module is programmed naively in C, not C#.