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    Default Floppy Disk Reader Replacement

    Hello fellow Botters,

    I have a friend that recently bought a old (2002) non ShopBot CNC router.
    The Controller on the machine is a Siemens and it uses a Floppy Disk Reader for input of the cutting files. The controller works on G-Code and my Aspire software will output to G-code for a Northwood CNC Router.

    The problem is that Floppy Disks are practically extinct and non of my computers have a floppy drive.

    So... the question is: Can anyone point me to a solution or Retrofitter that can convert the controller to a more modern communication system.

    I would appreciate any suggestions or comment on this issue.
    The machine is located in Northern Utah.

    George

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    do an ebay search and you will find plenty
    Kenneth

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_rychlik View Post
    do an ebay search and you will find plenty
    Ken,

    If you mean I can find plenty of Floppy Readers, you are right.
    What I am looking for is to remove the Floppy Reader from the controller and replace it with something more modern, like USB or Ethernet Cat-6 system.
    I am a machinist not a electronics geek, so I may not be saying the right thing.

    George

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    George,

    You could check with Siemens. It would appear that they may have a CF (compact flash) reader replacement.

    http://support.automation.siemens.co...ard&viewreg=WW

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by srwtlc View Post
    George,

    You could check with Siemens. It would appear that they may have a CF (compact flash) reader replacement.

    http://support.automation.siemens.co...ard&viewreg=WW

    Scott
    Thanks Scott, I am now in direct contact with Siemens about this subject and things are looking up.

    BTW, I love the simplicity of the ShopBot system.

    George

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    TRY GOOGLE floppy disk drive 3.5

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    They have USB 5.25 froppy & 3.5" drives, yanno

    -B
    High Definition 3D Laser Scanning Services - Advanced ShopBot CNC Training and Consultation - Vectric Custom Video Training IBILD.com

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    I realize this is an older thread but in the off chance a suitable solution was not found you might check out something like this. I know nothing of this firm other than I found them on an internet search.

    gerald

    http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=42

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