I am in need for a z-measurement device for my cnc. So I checked ebay and got me a used mitotuyo depth gauge for ~60â‚¬. It has an ‘SPC’-Interface for digital readout. Fortunately there is some information on the Web on howto access that interface.
I didn’t want to buy an expensive Mitutoyo-cable, so I decided to solder on my own connector.
1. GND (red cable)
2. Serial Data Out (OpenCollector)
3. Serial Clock Out (OpenCollector)
5. Request In
The USB-Conversion is done by a tinymega microcontroller board which features an Atmega32U4 CPU. With the LUFA USB-StackÂ it presents itself to the host as a virtual serial port.
The implementation ofÂ the SPC-Protocol decoding is pretty straightforward. Send a request on one pin, read in data via SPI. I chose to do all of this in software with one interrupt (not using the SPI peripheral of the CPU). You can see my implementation here on github.
Now all that is left is to hook it up to linuxcnc. I haven’t done that yet, but most likely it only requires 10 lines of python to generate a HAL-Module.