You’re correct on both fronts Grant. The SLB that I’ve been showing and plan to ship will all fully abide by what I mention in the video and be aimed toward the LongMill, those aspects are fully locked in.
Meanwhile the execution of the AltMill’s electronics are still a bit up in the air but are actively being explored as have pairing with the right motors. Making an alternate version of the SLB compatible might not be feasible but it certainly is possible, as are some other board options.
Looks really good! Wondering if the new SLB has any onboard provisions for changing step rates and current settings for users having stepper motors other than for a LongMill. If it does are they accessed through software or firmware on the board?
Yes all the configuration for the motor drivers are being made available directly to users without needed to recompile. This has been helpful for us during testing, and I think is very valuable to keep in for using the SLB for other CNC setups. This includes things like current, microstepping, hold current %, and some of the nitty gritty TMC driver settings
Apologies, I joined the SLB launch a little late. I thought I heard Andy speaking about the “ALT Mill” motors being closed loop and those are what I was thinking about in terms of my question. Should I direct my question to him and Daniel. I am aware of these particular motors, but i didn’t see any of the closed loop ones Andy referred to when i first looked at LDO.
Ah! Yes in that case Andy or Daniel would be able to answer your questions. They’ve got a thread on the AltMill announcement here, as far as I’m aware though they’re still in the process of selecting the motors they’d like to use for it