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The PMDX-410 has been replaced by the
which adds direct to panel mounting and screw terminals.
Support for the PMDX-422 has NOT
gone away. It continues to utilize the same Mach4 plug-in as our other SmartBOB
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The PMDX-410 is a motion control pulse engine for connecting CNC machines to the Mach4 family of software using a USB
The PMDX-410 is designed to be connected to your existing
breakout board or driver box such as the PMDX-340 or a Geckodrive G540 using a 26 pin ribbon cable
that emulates a parallel port. It will support the features of the
breakout board or driver box including (if provided) optical isolation, a "charge pump" and spindle speed control.
It also provides 3 additional inputs via a terminal strip.
Purchase as a bundle with a Mach4Hobby
license and save
an additional $5 on our already discounted price for Mach4.
Features of the PMDX-410 Rev A
1) A single board implementing both the breakout board function AND the
motion controller function saves cost and makes installation simpler. Use of
option jumpers has been minimized by controlling features via software.
2) The motion control pulse engine generates pulses independent of the host
computer timing and provides real time control for smooth step pulse signals up to
100 KHz on 4 axes.
3) Simple USB connection to the host computer supports both CNC operation and
4) Power can be supplied via the USB connection or by a local power source
connected to the terminal strips. Also, a jumper
can enable or disable +5 volts on pin 26 of the ribbon header interface for use
with devices that supply power on this pin.
5) The machine interface provides equivalent signals to one parallel port
including 8 step and direction signals, 8 input signals including one dedicated
to emergency stop, and 4 output signals. The first 5 inputs equivalent to those on a parallel port are
available on the ribbon header. The extra 3 input
signals are available only on the terminal strips. In the future these inputs
will also function to provide a single encoder input supporting phase signals up
to 1 MHz using a hardware quadrature decoder. The index signal will also be
supported. This will make lathe CSS and threading possible. The functional capability of
the PMDX-410 is very similar to the capability of
a PMDX-122 breakout board plus 3 additional input signals
but uses a 26 pin ribbon header for most interface signals.
6) The input signals have a pull-up resistor to allow use with simple
mechanical switches or three-wire NPN proximity switches. These signals are filtered to reduce noise sensitivity. The
inputs will also accept 5 volt logic signals. PNP proximity switches will
require external adaptation using a PMDX-105 or similar. The first 5 inputs are protected against
voltages up to 50 volts above ground. The 3 extra inputs are protected against
voltages up to 7 volts above ground.
7) The PMDX-410 also supports the PMDX-126 breakout board running in
Expanded Input mode to allow 10 inputs including emergency stop from the
PMDX-126 and also the 3 extra inputs on the PMDX-410, giving a total of 13
inputs when used with a PMDX-126 in Expanded Input mode.
8) The step and direction outputs are 5 volt logic signals with up to 24 mA
of drive current available. In addition to interfacing to a breakout board, they
can also directly drive the step and direction inputs of motor drivers.
9) The 4 control outputs are 5 volt signals with up to 24 mA of
drive current available. In addition to interfacing to a breakout board, these signals can
also drive solid state relays
or the PMDX-104 light duty 4 channel relay board.
10) All outputs are turned off in the event of loss of communication from the
host, or if the emergency stop input is activated.
11) The emergency stop input is a normally closed circuit for failsafe
operation. A break in the circuit will signal an emergency stop.
12) An LED is provided for "Outputs Enabled" to indicate that the
unit is ready to run the machine and as an aid in troubleshooting.
13) The board can be mounted against a panel with holes to allow access to
the USB jack, pushbutton, and status LEDs.
14) Externally visible LEDs show status of host connection and the SmartBOB-USB
15) An externally accessible pushbutton is provided for firmware setup and
16) The USB interface is protected against back feeding of power from a local
17) The USB interface has jumper selectable termination of the shield
conductor of the USB cable.
18) The PMDX-410 is a compact 2.75" by 2.0" board that fits in tight spaces.
A low cost companion PMDX-407 spindle speed control
interface is available to work with the PMDX-410.
PLEASE NOTE: The available step and direction signal pinouts work with most common
breakout boards and with the PMDX-340 and Geckodrive G540, but
they are not totally assignable at random. Please verify that your device is
compatible before purchasing. Available configurations are Step on pins 2, 4, 6, 8
and Direction on pins 3, 5, 7, 9 <<OR>> Step on pins 3, 5, 7, 9 and
Direction on pins 2, 4, 6, 8.
Our future plans include a SmartBOB-Pro industrial grade board that can connect using either
thernet or USB and for machines needing more I/O or specialized interfaces like MODBUS.
User's Manual Pending
Quick Start Guide Here
(Revision 0.3, 11 May 2015, 124 KB)
Setup files here
getting Mach4 and your License File (bundle purchase only)
Software, coupon for license file, and documentation are delivered by e-mail
and web download only. No physical disks or manuals are supplied.
To obtain your license file, please follow the instructions here: http://www.pmdx.com/Mach4-License