Custom machine to be build from scratch
I just picked up a 3 axis older inspection machine. It was converted to a CNC 15 watt blue diode laser. Since this machine is really stout, what I would like to do it make it into a combo Laser engraver with the blue diode and CNC machine for soft metals and wood. I would love to use the C3D board since I like how it interfaces with lightburn and has proper PWM control at good speeds. I have the following questions.
I assume I can run a PWM output to the Blue Diode Laser to get true grayscale engraving using
lightburn. Is this a true statement?
I am totally in the dark in terms of what to do for the router control. I am new to this realm. I assume
that features I need for running router control are as follows:
a. Can I do bed leveling compensation with the C3D?
b. Can I have it stop for tool changes?
c. Can I run a Spindle on/off as well as spindle speed control from the C3D?
d. Please list any other features I might be looking for?
I am running Fusion 360 for mechanical design. I see there is not a gcode post processor specifically
for C3D but it seems there is a smoothie post processor. Will this work for the C3D?
If I have an STL file that I want to cut using the C3D, what software would I need to create the
toolpathing and get true 3D engraving(not 2-1/2d)
Mainly, my concern is running a router and a laser from the C3D board and having success with both. I am looking for the best option in terms of hardware and software to be able to accomplish this.
Thanks in advance for your support