I purchased a small, partially completed CNC router table. The mechanicals are supposedly all done (I haven't received it yet), and the motors (steppers) are mounted. It is up to me to wire the motors to driver(s), add a power supply, and perhaps wire some limit switches. Basically, I have to do all the wiring and tuning.
I would like some sort of integrated driver which will work via the parallel port, support the three stepper motors, perhaps have limit switch input(s), and work with a variety (two or three) software packages which are readily and cheaply (:-) available. I realize this is a tall order, I'm hoping for suggestions.
Many of the commercial CNC routers I've seen don't refer to limit switches, so I have no idea how they know where they are. I do need limit switches, don't I? One for each axis?
I'm not sure where to get started. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.