Supported Hardware

This section describes hardware that is specific for use within BeamConstruct. For a general overview of hardware supported by components of the OpenAPC software package please refer to list of supported hardware.

Supported scanner controller cards:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks Multi-card support
HALaser Systems™ E1701A Scanner Controller stable Accessible via Ethernet or USB; modular, low-cost analogue scanner card
E1701D Scanner Controller stable Accessible via Ethernet or USB; modular, low-cost XY2/100 scanner card
E1701P Plotter Controller stable Accessible via Ethernet or USB; low-cost plotter/XY-table/XY-gantry controller card
E1803D Scanner Controller stable Accessible via Ethernet or USB; compact, low-cost XY2/100 scanner card
3rdEye™ PSC141P experimental Linux support available on request
requires software version 2.6 or newer
PSC142P experimental Linux support available on request
requires software version 2.6 or newer
CTI™ / GSI™ EC1000 stable to be used via RTC compatibility library only (provided by vendor)
SC500 stable to be used via RTC compatibility library only (provided by vendor)
generic GCode-output stable Outputs laser marking data as GCode (CNC) control commands
printer-driver-based stable Supports all scanner systems that are accessed via installed printer device
JCZ Beijing™ LMC discontinued Windows only
Makeblock™ XY-Plotter development does not apply
Raylase™ SP-ICE2 discontinued PCI: Windows only
Ethernet: all platforms
supported in software versions prior to 4.5
RLC USB experimental
Scanlab™ RTC3 stable
RTC4 stable Requires PRO-license
RTC4Scanalone stable
RTC5 stable Requires PRO-license
RTC6 stable Requires PRO-license
SCAPS™ USC-1 stable Windows only, requires SCI license from SCAPS™ planned
USC-2 stable Windows only
no support for Ethernet connection
requires SCI license from SCAPS™
Requires PRO-license
planned
Sintec Optronics™ ETH6608 stable
Sunny™ CSC-USB experimental

Supported laser controllers:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
miscellaneous CO2, YAG, IPG™, SPI™ and similar stable directly supported via scanner controller card, no separate laser control interface necessary
Coherent™ Avia stable
generic stable basic support for all lasers with serial interface and ASCII communication
SPI™ G4 stable ASCII-commands via serial interface

Supported motion controllers:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
HALaser Systems™ E1701M Stepper Motor Controller stable Multiple axis controller for motion operation and single axis controller for Z-Shifter elements
Faulhaber™ MCBL 300x RS, MCDC 300x RS, 3564...B CS, 32xx...BX4 CS, and 22xx...BX4 CSD series stable
Schneider Electric™ MDrive+ stable
Sill™ Focus Shifter development Single axis controller for Z-Shifter elements
Stepper Motor (via scanner controller card) stable

Supported video controllers:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
generic development supports all video capture devices that are known to underlying operating system

Supported devices for process parameters:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
Optris™ LT Pyrometer development retrieves temperature and halts marking process