Alright, kind of a tall order but here is where I am at and would love some help or points in the right direction from the community.
I'm building a machine with crazy unusual kinematics. I have 4 typical G9 tower micro servos and 13 separate nema 17's. Due to the nature of the machine, they had to be steppers ( which is unfortunately where the complication starts. )
I have Dual L6470 Stepper motor controller driver boards. each handles two steppers over SPI, which is sweet. attached is the datasheet and schematics.
Now I've animated the CAD model I made to print my parts via Auto Desk on 3Ds Max and used to mo-cap data to manually set key frames and such to get the machine to move exactly as desired in the animation.
Here's where Im starting to hit a wall. Original intention was to use 3Ds Max to inform ARC what to move and how much. I saw a member of the community already working on it. Then once I have my model in EzBuilder with its new positional data, send that over to the boards through a micro-controller like the ezB4 or Rpi3 or something. I've gotten stuck on multiple points and would love some advice, either on solving these problems or alternate solutions?
Basically I have a machine with no feasible nor timely way to work out kinematics, an animation of that exact machine moving exactly how id like the physical machine to move, Id like to use the animation to tell the nemas and servos how much to rotate and how fast by simply having it reproduce the movements of the animation after Ive set the points then take that and run it through the hardware to the actual machine which is made and waiting dumbly to be told how to move.
1) method for uploading my model to ezbuilder and using 3ds max to program motion.
2) method for taking that data and relaying it to boards/nemas.
not really an expert in this field, have an electrical engineer working with us but due to a deadline he is swamp with other aspects so yeah, thanks again.
I should add, the nema's all need to work independently from each other as each control an entire axis of movement. I haven't said exactly what the machine is for 2 reasons 1) it doesn't impact how well the question can be answered and 2) Im not allowed to.
Id really appreciate any help on this, any part of it and and pointers or suggestions ! thank you.