gantry - LinuxCNC HAL component for driving multiple joints from a single axis.
loadrt gantry [count=N|names=name1[,name2...]] [personality=P,P,...]
Drives multiple physical motors (joints) from a single axis input
The ’personality’ value is the number of joints to control. Two is typical, but up to seven is supported (a three joint setup has been tested with hardware).
All controlled joints track the commanded position (with a per-joint offset) unless in the process of homing. Homing is when the commanded position is moving towards the homing switches (as determined by the sign of search-vel) and the joint home switches are not all in the same state. When the system is homing and a joint home switch activates, the command value sent to that joint is "frozen" and the joint offset value is updated instead. Once all home switches are active, there are no more adjustments made to the offset values and all joints run in lock-step once more.
For best results, set HOME_SEARCH_VEL and HOME_LATCH_VEL to the same direction and as slow as practical. When a joint home switch trips, the commanded velocity will drop immediately from HOME_SEARCH_VEL to zero, with no limit on acceleration.
gantry.N.read (requires a floating-point thread)
Update position-fb and home/limit outputs based on joint values.
gantry.N.write (requires a floating-point thread)
Update joint pos-cmd outputs based on position-cmd in.
gantry.N.joint.MM.pos-cmd float out (MM=00..personality)
Per-joint commanded position
gantry.N.joint.MM.pos-fb float in (MM=00..personality)
Per-joint position feedback
gantry.N.joint.MM.home bit in (MM=00..personality)
Per-joint home switch
gantry.N.joint.MM.offset float out (MM=00..personality)
(debugging) Per-joint offset value, updated when homing.
gantry.N.position-cmd float in
Commanded position from motion
gantry.N.position-fb float out
Position feedback to motion
gantry.N.home bit out
Combined home signal, true if all joint home inputs are true.
gantry.N.limit bit out
Combined limit signal, true if any joint home input is true.
gantry.N.search-vel float in
HOME_SEARCH_VEL from INI file