Now with Fast Mode
FASTMODE is an optional parameter to be used with CamSoft's spline feature for 3D mold
making machining centers, lasers and routers. The new command reads far ahead in the G
code program to break down and place movements in the motion card's memory buffer ahead of
time. Therefore, as the CPU on the computer is reading ahead and breaking down the G code
program, the onboard 32 bit servo processor is closing the servo loop at a rate of up to
16 Khz independently of the computer's CPU. Thus both operations happen simultaneously
using dual micro processors.
Take at look at CamSoft's SmartPath feature that will read ahead to automatically
interject new velocities and decel rates based on a set of rules that are user defined.
Click Here for info on SmartPath
3D mold makers benefit by executing large files quickly with moves that average between
.001 and .025 on splines. Laser and Router OEMs can now crank through curvey patterns with
look ahead and finally have an affordable PC based controller that will keep up and beat
the competition with an open CNC controller that they can service, repair and maintain
Be careful, not all the PC based controllers on the market today use a 32 bit dual
processor design with a sizable on-board memory buffer. Not all motion cards have a
separate micro processor or huge buffers. These cards use the same CPU that is running
Windows or DOS to close the servo loop to your motors. Some even run another operating
system over Windows. There are still others using 12 bit DACs at servo update rates of
only 1 Khz.