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AMC1280USB Motion Simulator Controller

Discussion in 'SimTools compatible interfaces' started by Thanos, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. Milton

    Milton Well-Known Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello Joanne (Thanos), I Pre-order one of the AMC1280USB Deluxe and I just want to make sure that this unit is going to work with my setup I currently have 3 Pololu Jrk 12v12 USB Motor Controller with Feedback my motors will take 12Vdc or 24Vdc I have a potentiometer connected to the shaft of the motor.
    Been said that I have some questions on the MC1280USB

    1) The six outputs Will it control a bi-directional DC brush motor?
    2) If Yes What is Voltage operating supply range capabilities?
    3) And What is the Peak output current?
    4) Does it have feedback inputs and what kind?
    5) This is important to me, Will it have a Software to Setup and Calibrate and tune the PID?
    6) and last what will be the tuning PID algorithm? there is 3 Algorithm: Parallel, Series and Ideal, see screenshot for references.


    tuning pid algorithm.png



    Please let me know
  2. Milton

    Milton Well-Known Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello Thanos, I just saw your youtube video "explaining the Kickstater " and you mention about the for the deluxe I will get a complete set! is that mean I am getting the Mega 2010 board with it?

    I am confused!


    Here is the video:

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    Thanos Building the Future one AC Servo at a time... or 6

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    Hi Milton,

    This is just the motion controller. It creates the appropriate signals to control the motor drivers. You will still need drivers (hbridge) that provides the power to the motors. See here a great example (with older prototype of AMC1280USB v1.g ): http://6dof.my.primusnetz.de/thanos/

    You can connect to the AMC1280USB any driver you like, from drivers for small 12v or 14v motors (even RC servos for model), up to VFD inverters for AC motors (220v).

    It takes several type of sensors for position feedback with the most common analog sensors 0-5v and digital hall effect sensors 12-bit. You can use the potentiometers you already have on your platform.

    All the setup and PID calibration can be done using the LCD user menu on the controller


    Also there is autocalibration software available, that will be also updated soon with the additional sensors and output resolutions.
    Have a look on the AMC1280USB support forum for it under software section.

    Thanks
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    Thanks! @Zed that helps, I want to get rid off the JRKs, my configuration is 3 motors question to replaced the JRKs all I needs is the AMC1280USB and 3 sabertooth 2x25? or sabertooth 2x32?
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  5. Milton

    Milton Well-Known Member Gold Contributor

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    @Thanos - I want to get rid off the JRKs, my configuration is 3 motors question to replaced the JRKs all I needs is the AMC1280USB and 3 sabertooth 2x25? or sabertooth 2x32?

    Let me know?
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    Your question is not on topic, so please open a new thread in the appropriate forum. Thanks.
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    Milton Well-Known Member Gold Contributor

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    Ah! I understand this is for updates for the deliverable of the product not for questi0ns. got it... thanks.
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    September passed, October and November... any news on the "Barebones September release" controllers? o_O
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    Hello Thanos,
    I have been out of action for the past two months recovering from an eye surgery.
    I know December is approaching for shipment -
    My question: Will you be contacting me before you ship? You had asked me to remind you that I am running GS-1 VFD's, 3DOF, 230V, as you had to do some modification to my board.
    Thanks so much. I am so anxious to get up and running again after ten months of sim not working.

    My kickstarter name; C.T. Higginbotham
    Tom
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    Hi @Thanos , any chance of a ETA in 2017, as if it is going to be longer, I will start wiring up the Sabertooths using my old 1280?
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    Jerry Atrick this is my sim Gold Contributor

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    Hi all, my unit arrived on Tuesday, maybe yours will come soon:)

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    I just don't understand why if it is open a special thread in our forum, we don't we have the proper updates.
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    Kickstarter rewards started shipped out Nov 10. Trying to share time between finishing order, packaging and labeling and shipping. Shipping is usually done every Friday or Saturday in bulk. Notifications of shipments may go out a day or two after the order is shipped. Its not been easy especially for international shipping that I have to hand-write customs forms.

    I apologize for the delays, there a few manufacturing errors and damaged pcb boards during shipping that had to be rectified. Most of the barebone controllers should be on their way by now. I'll shipping more as fast as I can.

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    Hi Tom, your controller with Sink outputs is to be prepared this weekend, and will be shipping out next Friday. It should be arriving to you 2-3 days after shipping (Much faster for US shipping).
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    Thanos,
    Thank you for your welcome reply
    Blessings,
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    Hi Guys just a shout out to say thanks to Thanos ,, Second AMC128USb kit arrived and looks great , I now have the original AMC128USB connected to and used as the controlor for my 6 DOF motion platform but using BFF software .. My New Barebone AMC128USB will be used to do the same but this Time Using SIMTOOLS which has far more flexibility simulation software wise ...both platforms have merits so between the two solutions a sweet spot will be achieved .. now my Xmas wish wuld be Encoder feedback as an option LOL ...but as Thanos mentioned , "watch this space he's working on it and a Userguide update " Cheers Crew

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    @cthiggin - Tom - You may want to remove your full name and address from this forum. Given the recent Equifax breaches in the US around data privacy, your address and full name can reveal more than where you live. ;)

    Post #89.

    Just a heads up :)

    PS - Your lawn is immaculate! Good job!
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    Thank you Archie for the info.
    When I posted the thread, I "thought" it was going to a pm for Thanos.
    Appreciate you. Tom
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    Trying to get the encoder adapter done soon too, posted a video today showing how this works so far...




    Thanks
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    Oh there's definitely great interest trust me a lot of potential with this development :) so please Keep up the great work on this , it will be a great step forward in terms of Linear actuator feedback Control ..Thanks for looking at this for us Thanos Cheers
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