That's a tough one. A friend of mine bought one of those at a local school
auction and it didn't include the PC interface card or software. He called
Light Machines and they wanted something like $1200 for it!!
I did a bit of searching on the Web and found that nearly everyone that had
one of them either removed the CNC motors and used it manually or converted
the electronics to more modern and common drivers.
He ended up finding a complete system online for $500 and then he sold both
systems to a friend of his and I have no idea where they are now.
For the most part, assuming you have the same version he had, which is a
pretty old one, it's worth a fair bit if you happen to find someone that
needs it. If not, it's not likely you'll get much at all for it. :-(
His system was pretty old and had the name SpectraLight on it. It was based
on a Sherline mill. If you search eBay for SpectraLight you'll find that
there is a mill and a lathe listed and they're bid up pretty high. I also
see a MUCH newer system listed.
"I'm not grown up enough to be so old!"
The systems I have also require a hardware security block or "dongle"
attached to the parallel port for the software to run. If you have it or can
get it, it needs to stay with the system also.
Very expensive but pretty limited capability and low demand for the older
stuff. If mine gives trouble I can't fix, I will surely change to another
Thanks for all the comments- still doing strategy, but
I'm recommending (because cost is paramount) that we do the
simplest upgrade - put a Xylotex board in the box, s**tcan the rest of
the stuff for now, later tie in the limit switches, spindle control
etc. Original uses L297/298 chips, which I suppose one could interface
at a logic level to a parallel port, but why bother.
So, I'm guessing that one EISA interface card (not PCI, sorry) will
be coming available, and maybe the board from the electronics box,
depending on how easy or hard it is to get at the control logic for
said limit / spindle interface stuff. Stay tuned.... /mark
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