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1  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: I'm in Hog Heaven on: October 29, 2014, 08:09:41 AM
Thanks, but I'm looking forward more to 3D laser burning using Arts new planned project, and to have additional control of depth of burn. Some of the signs I make have a lot of relief and having the z axis focus control I can create some interesting detail. (Least that's my hope)
2  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: I'm in Hog Heaven on: October 29, 2014, 06:13:32 AM
Took a CD reader carriage and adapted it to control the Z axiis focal plane to my laser build/upgrade. Small screw with jam nut for limit switch home position. These use a stepper motor that adapt well for cnc control.  Pretty much an all day project, but does work very smooth.  I was pretty happy with the outcome, using an out of date CD reader that was just collecting dust. Grin
3  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: I'm in Hog Heaven on: October 27, 2014, 08:25:43 AM
Good catch, the Lamp on top was the first thing i every built 1965 Jr High wood shop.
It is plugged in the the PLC as my controlled night light.
I'm not one to read manuals off a computer real well (bifocals  Shocked)  So they are all reference documents. Just not labeled as of yet.
The musical instruments are for a lamp I hope to make some day. Items I picked up cheap at garage sales.

Figured giving a wider view in the photo, that people would be looking around,  Roll Eyes
Most of the books that are in the hutch now are all technical reference material. Keeps them handy as my mind goes from one idea to the next.
Always seems like I have 14 projects going on at a time.
Working on an upgrade to a CO2 laser table now. I have Arts new laser control box built but the working area of the laser table I had was just not to my dreamy needs.
Hoping I can make double duty out of the new project and add a 3d filament print head option to it too.
Looking forward to a productive winter.
4  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Screen Set Ideas on: October 25, 2014, 06:57:42 PM
Art's Darwin is available and runs great, I'd seen at the IMTS show that machmotion had I believe ESS, Galil and Hycon running. Thou at the time only three axis were active. As far as a lathe screen one is provided with mach4 and you do have the option to alter or create your own. I have one in progress along with my Mill screen, and try to keep them somewhat updated as I learn more and apply what i feel I will need for my future projects. Thou have to admit, have not even tried whether they are touch screen compatible. Good question. I have tested Darwin, Galil and the ESS Plugins. So have to say they are closer then you might think. But still a ways to go before all is ready for prime time.
5  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: I'm in Hog Heaven on: October 25, 2014, 09:27:54 AM
Had to get away from Lua coding for a few days.  Shocked

Neighbor was throwing out an old hutch that was in his barn, was missing the lower two glass panels and needed refinishing bad. But "if it's Free it's for Me" Then of course I had to make a stand to put it on and find a design that might give it a focal point. Internet search found an image that might work. Created a vector drawing and cnc program to cut out the panels. Found the local fabric store had speaker grill material to put behind them to remove the distraction.  Seems to work for me. Functional.  Grin
6  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Screen Set Ideas on: October 21, 2014, 12:42:50 PM
I'm now letting the Arduino do all the tracking and just passing the results thru Modbus for the mpg's

In this case using 0.001 per step 18 clicks gives me 0.018 increments Changing the step increment, automatically updates the step value for all mpg's

now to get the other two mpg's hooked in with the switches and LCD on the remote enclosure.

Lot of reading, coding and trial and error in this adventure.  Grin
7  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Screen Set Ideas on: October 18, 2014, 06:09:53 PM
Looks like TCP modbus, Ardrino Ethernet and the MPG's will work  Cool
8  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Screen Set Ideas on: October 16, 2014, 10:30:45 AM
As a heads up to all:
Noticed that the machine units DRO display in the setup units only.

I had set up Mach4 in inch and MDI changed using g21 (metric) to run a test program. Found that I needed to create a new popup Wizzard that displays the Fixture & Machine DRO's in the units I am running in. As a side note also found that using the Jog Step feature increments to the setup units, so I guess I will have to address that by using a scaling function.

Scott suggested I compute to a more accurate value then the standard 25.4 (thou my wood don't seem to care  Roll Eyes)

local metricval = 25.4000508001016
if (defaultunits == 200 and currentunits1 == 210) then
    WriteReg("iRegs0/XMachineValue", XMachineVal*metricval); --convert to metric
    WriteReg("iRegs0/YMachineValue", YMachineVal*metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/ZMachineValue", ZMachineVal*metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Xvalue", Xval*metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Yvalue", Yval*metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Zvalue", Zval*metricval);
elseif (defaultunits == 210 and currentunits1 == 200) then
    WriteReg("iRegs0/XMachineValue", XMachineVal/metricval); --convert to inch
    WriteReg("iRegs0/YMachineValue", YMachineVal/metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/ZMachineValue", ZMachineVal/metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Xvalue", Xval/metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Yvalue", Yval/metricval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Zvalue", Zval/metricval);
else
    WriteReg("iRegs0/XMachineValue", XMachineVal);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/YMachineValue", YMachineVal);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/ZMachineValue", ZMachineVal);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Xvalue", Xval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Yvalue", Yval);
    WriteReg("iRegs0/Zvalue", Zval);
end


This had a fixture offset of x=1" y=1" just to check values
9  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Screen Set Ideas on: October 13, 2014, 07:44:18 AM
See latest update I posted:  Smiley

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,27162.msg194707.html#msg194707
10  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Screen Set Ideas on: October 08, 2014, 09:13:18 AM
Sorry had to move this, Scott did not want me to post this in his thread. Asked me to remove it.   Cry
whatever  Huh

Cool, thanks guys
Added them to a panel script and used the fit too feature (that Freeman & Scott wrote)

now to get them associated to actual movement

Here are the images at 100x100
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