I have a question:
Recently i've bought a CNC Wire EDM machine, to fabricate all kinds of parts, mostly Watchparts.
The machine is a Brother HS-100, from 1985.
In the past i've worked a lot with such a machine in the toolroom where i used to work.
I have my own company now, and the Wire EDM machine is a welcome device in my workshop, as i can do a lot of specialized parts on it.
programming the machine is pretty straight forward, it has a decent keyboard, and a nice CRT Display, that still functions like a charm.
Back in the day I simply used to "key in" small programs, if the contour wasn't that complex.
For more complex contours we'd make the program on the Computer using CAM Software, and then "Send" it to the machine over an RS 232 Connection.
We'd open the file in the Terminalprogram, and we'd set the machine up for file reception, then we'd send it from the Computer, and select "Receive" on the machine.
This always worked flawlessly.
I could make an RS 232 Cable, and use my Laptop, or make a longer cable fixed to the PC and the Machine.
However, on my other CNC machines, i can use USB Sticks to transfer programs.
and, it would be nice if i can use either USB Sticks or SD Cards to transer programs to my Wire EDM.
Now.. What i would like:
There is some space left behind the controlpanel of the machine, inside is a metal casing around this void, to block out any EMC.
In front of this void is a panel in the controlpanel, covering an opening of 46 x 96 mm.
I'd say that's plenty of space for an SD Card Reader, or USB socket, a small screen, and 3 buttons.
I Know that an Arduino can read from SD Cards, i've seen some examples of that in 3D printers.
So, Is it possible to display the filenames on the screen?
I'd like to be able to scroll up and down through the list, and highlight the selected file.
Then, i can set up the machine for file reception.
After that, the Third Button comes in to play, by hitting that, i want to send the selected file through the RS 232 to the machine.
It is not as easy as plugging in some SD Card or USB stick, but it will be quite an improvement, not having to walk back and forth to the machine when sending multiple programs
Also, if this is possible, i can make a panel that fits in the controlpanel, install the screen, the buttons and the "Media reader" either an SD card or USB stick, or if that's possible, both.
That way, also don't have to carry around a laptop.
Someone suggested mounting an Intel NUC in there, but then i'd need a full size screen, a Keyboard and a mouse.
That's what i don't want.. because i'd still have to fire up a PC to transfer a file.
This is the controlpanel of the machine.
behind the bright white panel is where everything should be installed
Thanks in advance.