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361  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: BT30 spindle from scratch - with power drawbar and ATC of course on: August 29, 2012, 08:19:23 AM
Yes, Steve, I was talking about the Bridgeport right angle head attachment.

Regarding the backlash in rigid tapping, compensating it in software should work great. I do rigid tapping on a lathe that has about 0.1mm backlash on the Z and compensate it in Mach and it works very well.

Dan
362  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: BT30 spindle from scratch - with power drawbar and ATC of course on: August 29, 2012, 03:22:45 AM
Like your solution! Especially the fact it turned out relatively inexpensive. There are such heads ready available, but are very expensive.

By the way, don't see a reason for preloading the bearings if all it's going to is drilling. I think there would be much more backlash in the gears that could be a problem for rigid tapping.

Dan
363  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: Conect 121 lathe retro on: August 28, 2012, 02:38:49 AM
OK, I see now. Thanks. Although I would have to check to be sure, but I think I could get here a Delta PLC for at least half that price.

Dan
364  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: Conect 121 lathe retro on: August 27, 2012, 01:39:57 PM
Hi Hood,

Have a question for you. I know you usually use PLCs on your machines. So it made me wonder why were you after a controller with lots of I/O and being 24V? Wouldn't an ESS/PLC combination make up a much cheaper solution? And possibly lots more I/O?

Dan
365  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: O3N250 on: August 27, 2012, 01:21:37 PM
Cabinet looks neat. What are the drives you're using?

By the way, don't think you got any room left for another drive...

Dan
366  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: O3N250 on: August 26, 2012, 05:54:34 AM
Looks very good Peter.

Dan
367  Third party software and hardware support forums. / CS-Lab / Re: First impressions of CS-Lab products on: August 26, 2012, 04:52:22 AM
That's good, Hood. Still want to see what you'll have to say about the threading.

Dan
368  Third party software and hardware support forums. / CS-Lab / Re: First impressions of CS-Lab products on: August 26, 2012, 03:29:41 AM
Sounds very good so far. I like very much the way you say the plugin works and the ease of setup there.

Thanks for posting the feedback. Waiting forward to seeing how it works in actual life.

Dan
369  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: Denford ORAC lathe retrofit. on: August 22, 2012, 03:48:14 AM
Looks good! Offsets and programming should be easier than what you've done so far Smiley

Dan
370  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: BT30 spindle from scratch - with power drawbar and ATC of course on: August 22, 2012, 03:12:08 AM
LOL... Hood said "Not familiar with VFDs" and somehow in your quote it appeared as "Not familiar with DVDs" Wink

Dan
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