30 Sep '13, 5pm

Smoothieboard, The Be-all, End-all CNC Controller

Smoothieboard, The Be-all, End-all CNC Controller

A while back we took a look at electronics boards for 3D printers , going over the cost and benefits of the most common electronics boards for printers, laser cutters, and mills. One of the most impressive boards was the Smoothieboard, but finding a supplier back then was a little difficult. Now, the Smoothieboard is up on Kickstarter , giving everyone the opportunity to get their hands on this very cool CNC control board. While most RepRap and 3D printer controller boards use an ATMega or other 8-bit microcontroller, the Smoothie uses a 32-bit ARM chip in the form of an NXP LPC Cortex-M3 chip. Not only does this allow the Smoothie to do some very cool things with your machine – native arcs and circles, for example, but this better hardware also allows for Ethernet, drag-and-drop firmware, and exposing the USB port as both a serial port or mass storage device. The Smoothie...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/09/30/smoothieboard-the-be-all-e...

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