I am building a small rig that has 2 parts: (A) Movement platform: up to 4 axis stepper with full end stop (min & max) (B) Accessory platform which will have 4 more steppers with min & max end stops, also some additional valve controls that can either be solenoid or servo driven.
I am pretty sure it can be done with a stand alone CNC controller using Gode but I am looking for a route that gives me more future freedom with possible stand alone, network in, nice user interface. Initially I am fine with just a line by line code which I will amend as I go. The movement will initially be just rastering while the other steppers feed material at controlled rates.
One solution I had in mind was using 2 of the Arduino 3D printer set ups (like the makerbot 2.4) and linking them together if this can be done so one controls the other? eg to simplify it I would get 10 axes to set up and control. Another way would be one of the 4 axis cnc boards and control it via an arduino.
If anyone has any suggestions and links to hardware it would be much appreciated as I'm currently stuggling to fight my way through the mass of information and DIY CNC and 3D printers are dominating the searches and not quite right for what I need.