This is a Breakout-Board and Driver-Board assembly, this PCB has three TB6560 driver IC's and one DB25 COM port.
Any driver board used in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) is a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) with an IC (Integrated Circuit).
The "Driver-Board" connects to a "Break-Out-Board" and allows you to connect a motor to a computer.
Sometimes these driver integrated circuits come complete with a break-out interface, other times not. In the case of the boards found on this page, the Driver and Breakout are all on one PCB.
This image is the "Red" TB6560 board, this PCB assembly has three TB6560 drivers, a DB25 interface, aluminum cooling fin heat-sink ready for the fan that will keep those TB6560's cool while operating. The PCB even has a Relay interface so you can control a 120V - 220V spindle with Mach3 or EMC.
Speaking of Mach3, if you need the configuration file to get started just click on the "Buy it Now" button to download the .XML file for a cost of $1.88.
How do you use the .XML file?
Just extract the contents of the .Zip file, you will now have a file called "red.xml", place this file into the Mach3 install directory. Then just load the "Red" profile opposed to the "Mill" or "Lathe" profile and your good to go!
Note: The .XML file is for a Mill configuration, if you need something for your lathe just send an Email.
Pinout out of the "Red" PCB with the TB6560's . Notice the difference between the Blue PCB (below) requires a completely different set of pins to function properly.
This video is of a 3D printer using Mach3 software and some TB6560 drivers. It runs like a milling machine does and is not setup to print yet.Using the Relay sheild attached to the TB6560 board a person could hookup an extruder, it would just be a matter of configuring Mach3, once it works the configuration file (.xml) file in the case of Mach3 can be distributed to other people interested in running a RepRap as a mill or printer and run it off a parallel cable like the DB25 or COM port.
Attached to this machine is a "Blue" PCB found on E-Bay. Details can be found below, another alternative is the "Red" PCB found on E-Bay, a pinout for that board has also been included below. You can also find boards made from SOC robotics, these will also work, however you will need a different DB25 cable, it will have two ends the same. Also the driver boards are removable, and the breakout board does not receive logic power from the DB25 cable, instead it needs logic power of 7volts from an alternative source. Details are loacated on other pages of this website.
This is the "Blue" board noted above and the board being used on this machine.
Get the XML File for your board
Setting up the tb6560
Pinouts change for each board, it is important that you know the pin-out for configuration reasons, otherwise the motors will not respond as you would like and the GUI may also not perform the way you would expect.