build a 3d printer with a standard stepper motor controller? Answered
Hey Im thinking about building a 3d printer, so I'm looking at the (endless) possibilities out there.
Can I build one with a standard (4 or 5 axis) stepper motor controller (like the ones on ebay)??
instead of using an arduino (I saw on the internet that that's what they use on RepRap)
(and since I'm building a 3d printer/ CNC I think it would be more convenient for me to use stepper motor controllers for "both" the machines, and besides that it appears to be simpler since I know nothing about arduino :( )
I was thinking I maybe could use a controller with 4 or 5 stepper motor outputs and then use 1,2 and 3 for the axis and then use the other one to "tell" the machine how much material it should "spit out"
any advice?? or any other ideas for a SIMPLE 3d printing curcuit??