We have just sold an old Digital Tool machine and I need the proper software to make it run(The old computer was fried). It is a 4 axis(XYZW) machine that is driven by a 1994 model Anaheim Automation "Blue Box", Model# DPF605004. Naturally, the buyer is looking for the least expensive way to get this machine up and running, but I'm Quite Positive the Upgrade would follow soon.The drivers and stepper motors worked perfectly before the computer went south! It was running on a very old ver. of BobCad(dos) and Indexer LPT controller software. They have thier own design software that will export a .dxf file. A fully functional CadCam system is not neccessary; Only something that can import .dxf and generate a tool path and g-code would work for now. That along with the controller software of course!!
By the way! I am one of those who have been lurking in the background for awhile, and this is my first post! I love this site and have learened alot by Lurking....
I look foreward to any and all replies..
Last edited by Stratoscat; 07-20-2004 at 10:45 PM. Reason: To make thread title bold
Wow - it's been a while since I logged in, so I apologize for the delay. I'm usually not hard to get in touch with over the telephone, via email at email@example.com or from the "Contact" link on our web site at www.abilitysystems.com. I hope you, or your customer had called.
In case not, the latest Indexer LPT software is 100% backward compatible with your (customer's) hardware, even if you migrate to Windows XP - so none of the wiring will need to change.
If you plan to use Windows 95/98/Me, you might your old Digital Tool software (used to convert G Codes to Indexer LPT commands) will work in a DOS window, though there is only a limited amount of support that we can offer, since we did not write this portion of the software.
Alternately, your customer might consider using our G Code Controller, which runs under Win 95/98/Me and XP.
Manuals are available in .PDF format on request, and I am generally available at (215) 657-4338 between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern time to help.