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Hi! I am Dennis Bohlke the Super Tech behind the pages.
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If memory is correct it was 1994 when I registered the super-tech domain name.

It all started in a computer repair shop on Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, Arizona.

Watching a pen plotter make drawings on velum made me think about making a more powerful machine that could move a power tool around.

At the time a computer to control a CNC machine could cost upwards of $20,000. I was fixing those computers for a living and realized they had a processor rating of 1 mips where a desktop 386 could do 4 mips but cost about $800. The missing piece was the software to move the motors. Hence SuperCam was born.

At first it worked only threw the parallel port. Now it only works threw the USB port with another processor at the end of the USB cable for signal generation.

I created the SuperCam program so that I could draw the toolpaths of a computer controlled tool whether it be a Plasma Torch, Laser, Milling Cutter or Engraver. I wanted to see graphically on the screen an animation of the machines movements and I did not want to have to deal with G&M code files as is the common practice.

The object was to be able to draw with AutoCad or CorelDraw and transfer the drawing to SuperCam which would cause the attached machine to move. Early on I could see that it would be a great benefit to be able to edit and create drawing items. So, as the needs came up I would find a way to make a command do what I wanted done.

The firmware needed at the end of the USB cable has now been written for the Rabbit 2300, SAM7S256, STM32F3, STM32F7 and the Arduino Due. The STM32F7 Discovery board has very exciting possiblities with a touch screen display.

The web site is a work in progress as always.

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