What is WinCNC? Simply put, WinCNC is a software and hardware package that allows control of a CNC machine using a Windows PC. "CNC" stands for Computer Numeric Control.
Our hardware consists of a PCI card and daughter board, which are installed inside of the PC. Both items are required to run WinCNC. The PCI card is a 64-bit high-speed digital IO device and the daughter board is a small circuit board which adds a high speed microprocessor for pulse buffering. The high speed pulse buffer allows WinCNC to output pulses with 100% accuracy at high frequency and prevents problems with other applications or processes running under Windows. The CNC machine components such as stepper/servo drives, limit switches, or output relays are connected to the PC via 37-pin (standard) or 25-pin (optional) connectors at the back of the PC. WinCNC outputs TTL step and direction signals to the motor drives and includes additional TTL input and output pins for auxiliary functions to interface the I/O from the CNC machine.
For simplifying the process of wiring of your CNC machine to the PC, without soldering or making custom cables, we highly recommend our screw-terminal based WinCNC Interface Board.
WinCNC Controller sets the standard for PC based motion control. Incredibly smooth acceleration and machine motion are the result of our advanced algorithms. WinCNC uses a large look-ahead buffer, reading thousands of lines ahead while running GCode files. Reading ahead allows WinCNC to accelerate or decelerate through many small arc or line segments producing smoother motion and faster completion times. Each move is buffered and processed using proprietary real time vector matching routines. The result is that your machine runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible, slowing down only when necessary and producing high quality parts. Adjustable velocity, acceleration, and smoothing allow you to configure WinCNC to operate any size or type of CNC machine as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Compatibility and Performance
WinCNC is a Windows CNC Software package, compatable with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 - 32 bit AND 64 bit versions.
WinCNC requires a Pentium 4 or faster CPU, 1GB of system memory, an enabled USB port, and an available PCI slot.
WinCNC Controller is capable of driving up to 6 axes of motion simultaneously at 75khz
while remaining incredibly smooth and never missing a step.
Any stepper, micro-stepper, or servo system with step and direction inputs
can be interfaced using the included PCI card and microprocessor daughter board,
or one of several available PCI I/O expansion cards.
In addition to axis motion, up to 128 auxiliary outputs and 128 separate
inputs may be defined. The intuitive user interface is easy to learn
and convenient to use. All the features you need and expect are readily
accessible via industry standard G-Codes. Simple keystrokes provide
the ability to start, pause, restart, jog, and rapid transit any axis
without navigating multiple screens and windows. Programs may be run
from any line as needed. The programmed feed rates may be adjusted from 1%
to 200% without stopping machine motion.
Software Customization Capabilities
WinCNC Controller is running machines with routers, drills, tapping heads,
rotating saws and knives, plasma cutters, gas cutters, nailers, grinders,
water jets, and lasers to process materials ranging from hardwoods,
composites, and plastics to metals, glass, and stone. All major CAM
packages can produce G-Code files ready to run on WinCNC Controller.
motion control system is only as good as the support available when
you need it. Our technicians use our products every day for production
and prototyping. This means that we can speak your language when it
comes to providing the support you need, either by phone, Internet,
or onsite worldwide. WinCNC retail software packages include 30 days of free technical support via phone/Internet/email. Support techinicians are available via phone
or email Monday thru Friday 9AM-5PM EST excluding holidays. Support contracts can be purchased to renew or extend support on existing
WinCNC software licenses. Customers must have Internet access and must be able to send/receive files via email in order to receive technical support.