Board Selection For Closed Loop Scale Feedback?

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08 Mar 2023 20:05 #266143 by valley
Hello,

I have been looking to build a CNC machine for some time now. I began collecting parts before realizing there would be difficulty collecting certain parts.

The primary oddity of my design is that it is designed to use 1um magnetic scales for closed loop positioning feedback. My understanding is only LinuxCNC can handle this. Thus I am looking at LinuxCNC boards.

4x Stepper motors (Nema 23)
4x Digital controllers (DM556T)
3x 1um magnetic scales (Ditron heads TTL/RS422 output)

It seems that the 7I95T would be ideal but is out of stock.
I did not purchase a 7I97 I could have as it appears it would not be able to send the digital signal my stepper controller expects.

Am I essentially in a waiting game, spending many times the money, a HW redesign, or a roll-my-own electronic HW interface?

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08 Mar 2023 20:11 #266145 by tommylight
Try :
7i92 + 7i76 + 7i85
7i96S + 7i85
7i76E + 7i85
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Please do check about 7i85 as there is also 7i85S, and if i recall one is for steppers and the other for encoders, you would need the one for encoders.
Also, do check if the scales output usable signals like normal encoders.
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08 Mar 2023 23:25 #266158 by jmelson
Another option is the Pico Systems Universal Stepper Controller, which is in stock. It can accept encoder inputs (or run open-loop) and uses the parallel port to communicate with the computer. (Full disclosure, I make these.)
Jon
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09 Mar 2023 01:57 #266171 by valley
Thank you both for the options and quick response. I'll look over them.
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