Hardware Comparison


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Following tables give a quick overview about all hardware available from HALaser Systems. This includes an overview about all electronics and control boards. To check out which controller cards are supported by BeamConstruct laser marking software, please go to page of supported hardware.

E1803D
E1701A
E1701C
E1701D
E1701M
Type Compact Digital XY2/100(E) and XY2/200(E) Scanner and Laser Controller Modular Analogue Scanner and Laser Controller Modular 5-Axis CNC Controller Modular Digital XY2/100(E) Scanner and Laser Controller Motor Controller
Controllable Devices / Interfaces
  • XY2/100 Scanhead
  • XY2/100E Scanhead
  • XY2/200 Scanhead
  • XY2/200E Scanhead
  • Laser
  • Stepper Motors (requires power driver)
  • RS232/RS485
  • XY/XYZ/5-Axis CNC Gantry/Table
  • Laser (may require extensions)
  • additional Stepper Motors (requires Digi I/O Extension Board and power driver)
  • XY2/100 Scanhead
  • XY2/100E Scanhead
  • Laser (may require extensions)
  • Stepper Motors (requires Digi I/O Extension Board and power driver)
  • Stepper Motors (requires power driver)
Production state
Active, can be used for new designs

Active, can be used for new designs

Active, can be used for new designs

Active, can be used for new designs

Active, can be used for new designs
Interface to Scanhead
XY2/100 (digital) D-SUB25 and 26 pin

±2,5..10 V (analogue)

XY2/100 (digital) 26 pin
Secondary Scanhead
One via Multi-IO Extension Board

Up to three via Secondary Head Extension Board
Interface to Laser
may require extension boards

may require extension boards

may require extension boards
Motion Axes
up to four independent axes via integrated digital IOs

up to four independent axes via Digi I/O Extension Board

five CNC axes via baseboard,
up to four independent axes via Digi I/O Extension Board

up to four independent axes via Digi I/O Extension Board

up to four independent axes
Expandable by Extension Boards
Supports stand-alone operation
manual jog-mode
Supports marking on-the-fly
requires Digi I/O Extension Board

requires Digi I/O Extension Board
BeamConstruct PRO License included
Power Supply ±12..24 V or USB ±15 V +5 V or USB +5 V or USB +5 V or USB
SLS/3D Printing (Rapid Prototyping)
Laser via scanhead

Laser via scanhead

Laser via XYZ-table/gantry

Laser via scanhead
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The table below gives an overview about the possibilities to drive (stepper) motors, their advantages and features. This list contains only these solutions which are made by HALaser Systems, for other motion controllers which are available from within BeamConstruct please refer the hardware support page.

Software driver E1701M
E1803D Intelli-IO Extension
Type BeamConstruct plug-in, can be used with E1803D, E1701D, E1701A and other scanner controller cards Motor Controller Add-on board for E1803D scanner controller card in motion control mode
Acceleration modes
  • logarithmic
  • logarithmic
  • linear
  • s-shaped
  • linear
Acceleration one acceleration value for all situations, no stop acceleration separate values for acceleration, deceleration and stop one acceleration value for all situations, no stop acceleration
Motion mode sequential, only one axis at the same time all axes parallel and independent from each other combined, all axes parallel, starting and stopping at same time
Referencing modes simplified:
  • enter reference switch in one direction or enter and leave reference switch in different directions
  • two separate referencing speeds for entering and leaving the reference switch
  • positive or negative direction
complex:
  • up to four referencing steps combineable out of direction, entering and leaving reference switch
  • up to four separate referencing speeds for referencing steps
  • positive or negative direction
  • search for reference switch (automatic direction change)
predefined:
  • enter and leave reference switch
  • two different referencing speeds
  • positive or negative direction
Stop of running motion delayed, may be dropped in case of short movements immediate reaction (realtime operation) using configured stop acceleration value immediate reaction (realtime operation)
Hardware I/Os uses digital-IOs of scanner controller card (of Digi I/O extension board of E1701A/D or on-board IOs of E1803D) provides own, additional IOs provides own, additional IOs
Axes up to four up to four up to four
Maximum step frequency 100 kHz (jitter-free) 500 kHz (jitter-free) 38 kHz / 45 kHz (jitter-free/maximum)
Other encoder inputs for two axes,
motion controller is completely independent from any scanner controller cards
uses own microcontroller, movements can take place fully parallel to main controller operations


The table below gives an overview about the different ways to connect a scanner controller card with a scanhead. It compares the different interfaces, their possibilities, their advantages and features. 1)

Analogue interface XY2-100 digital interface XY2-100E digital interface SL2-100™ digital interface 2) RL3-100™ digital interface 2) XY3-100 digital interface
Working Principle Analogue voltages specify mirror positions Mirror positions are transmitted real-time as digital information
Accuracy limited by noise and resolution of the data source 16 bit
(65.536 digital steps)
18 bit
(262.144 digital steps)
20 bit
(10.485.576 digital steps)
20 bit
(10.485.576 digital steps)
16 .. 26 bit
(65.536 .. 67.108.864 digital steps)
Interoperability scanner and controller need to use same voltage range vendor-independent, all XY2-100 supporting devices can be combined vendor-independent, all XY2-100E and XY2-100 supporting devices can be combined unknown (only few vendors available) unknown (only very few vendors available) vendor-independent, all XY3-100 supporting devices can be combined
Acceptance widely accepted through the whole laser marking industry widely accepted through the whole laser marking industry used by some scanheads and control card used by few vendors only used by very few vendors only new standard
Backwards Compatibility / / 100% compatible to XY2-100, different data format only incompatible in both, hardware and data format incompatible in both, hardware and data format pin-compatible to XY2-100, can be implemented via firmware upgrade
Protocol bipolar, analogue voltages commonly known, open standard commonly known, open standard unkown, proprietary and closed unkown, proprietary and closed open and well-documented
Error Detection/Correction none parity bit parity bit unknown unknown parity counter / protocol data structure
Maximum number of axes 2 3 3 unknown, probably 3 unknown, probably 5 5
Backchannel no synchronous, 20 fixed data bits synchronous, 20 fixed data bits unknown unknown asynchronous, variable multi-purpose data
License fees none none none unknown / not licensed to 3rd parties unknown / not licensed to 3rd parties none
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1) Information shown as far as they are available, errors expected
2) As these are proprietary, non-open interfaces, specifications given here may be incomplete or inaccurate. Please let us know when you have additonal information!