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    Need Help with old Controller Change

    A friend is looking to change out an older Gerber Sabre 408 controller to something modern. The controller box is massive nearly 2' cubed. He wants to go to something that doesn't require their proprietary software to run. The software is $1000 to upgrade and isn't that good for the money. Trying to find something to change it out with. His 408 only has the large router on it so no speed control or anything. It has pretty big servos they are Parker RX320ER1000 (LINK) They are 54vdc 6.3A servos. This thing surprisingly is screw driven so it only has 1 x motor.

    I wanted to make sure my thinking was correct and see if anyone has done anything like this.

    I was looking at using Gecko G320X for drivers.

    Not sure what is the best controller for Gecko's is? Smooth Stepper?

    Not sure how big of a power supply is needed?

    Any help would be great.

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    No one? Anyone got anything?

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    I had such hope in this thread, and it just stopped!

    Dunno will you get an email notification from this reply, but if you do, what did you end up going with?

    I put a deposit on a gerber 408 with a busted controller, I'm buying it for 1200 euros, which i think is amazing given that its a really nice table.

    Looking at my options for drives and a controller. Mine has different servos to yours, mine are out of production - but, they still work, so I'll try use them. I've seen a really nice retrofit to steppers on this table. I'll ask the guy can I post his pic.

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    have persons permission, pics of the gerber 408, Y axis leadscrew, rotating nut drop-box, machined to accept a stepper )






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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    Rewire jobs aren't as easy as all you gotta do. But I'd be more than happy to help with what I can. Gerry has some good comments about uc's products for motion controller and cutting software. Id look into the leadshine dcs 810 on ebay for drivers.

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    Cheers Davy ) had a look at the Leadshines, certainly cheaper than the geckos. I'm afraid I dont know who Gerry is?

    Looking at the various software / controller combos now... its interesting, confusing. A whole new realm beyond the mechanics. It will keep me occupied for a while )

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    Ger21

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    I'm rewiring my Gerber Sabre 408 with a UC300ETH and UB1 board to Gecko 320X. I'm up and running but still need to figure out how to make the ATC work & speed control of VFD. How's yours running?

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    After finding the correct manual for my VFD I was able to connect to the UB1 and get speed control. Now onto the ATC.

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    Re: Need Help with old Controller Change

    I didnt get there yet man. I'm building a 6x10 plasma table. It seems like I'm actually moving backwards at times. Will post updates in the near future I hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinweight View Post
    I'm rewiring my Gerber Sabre 408 with a UC300ETH and UB1 board to Gecko 320X. I'm up and running but still need to figure out how to make the ATC work & speed control of VFD. How's yours running?
    I'm considering converting my used 404. How expensive/hard was your conversion? I want to do it but I think it would be easier to throw $1000 at a copy of artpath and run it stock. Any advice?
    Thanks, Chris
    Utah, USA

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