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NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: January 28, 2008, 05:23:12 PM »
Spindle set up is now working, after entering a spindle speed in the mdi screen :)

It is a Portercable 3.25 hp router directly driving a precision jewel makers lathe spindle.  I'm guessing it will be perfect for high speed milling up to 15,000 rpm or so.

NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: January 24, 2008, 12:11:07 PM »
Ok kbcc is now tuned and wired to the Digispeed again.  This time when I click self calibrate in Mach3, it actually starts off slow and gradually speeds up to maximum speed, when it was finished self calibration I saved it.   However, when I go to move the speed bar up or down in Mach3, it just stops the spindle.  So, I am stumped again!

NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: January 18, 2008, 11:01:37 AM »
I put a pot on the kbcc dc spindle control  p1, p2, p3, connectors (the same terminals that I had the Digispeed connected to), and found that the kbcc wasn't tuned at all for my motor, so I am working on that at the moment. 

Once I get the motor running well with the kbcc using the pot, I will get back to the Mach3/Ncpod/Digispeed control interface.  So far I have control of the motor speed with the pot, but I only am using about a tenth of the full clockwise rotation, so it is very sensitive.

NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:50:38 AM »
I can take some pictures tomorrow and put them up.  The spindle is actually direct drive and motor is running free at the moment (no belt) no "mawashi".  I'll try to give some screen shots of the settings as well.

NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: January 13, 2008, 05:35:01 PM »
Well, I got my ncpod back from Carl at Oemtech (good guy), found a psp game 5 volt supply and hooked everything up according to the new instructions at http://www.artsoftcontrols.com/PlugIns/NcPodUserManual.pdf and now all three servos are working with Mach3 on my mill ;D  It seems the problem was the labeling on the board was different than in the new instructions with certain board versions that have back to back step and direction connectors.  Bottom line is, go by the new instruction wiring diagram.  I'm likely going to need to mount my g320 drivers on heatsinks since they get pretty warm.  I can touch them and keep my fingers on them without pain.  That's about how hot they get.

Now I am trying to get my kbcc-125r dc spindle motor drive working with the dc-05 Digispeed-nc digital to analog converter, in order to control rpm via Mach3.  So far all I'm getting is my spindle turning without any control over speed or torque.  If anyone has any clues, I'd like to hear from them.



NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: November 13, 2007, 11:22:48 AM »
I will check into that thoroughly when I receive the replacement ncpod, though I thought I had wired that correctly.  I'm guessing it will be a couple of weeks before I get my replacement up here in Canada.


NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: November 08, 2007, 12:20:34 PM »
That would be great if he would chime in Bret.  In the mean time I have to deal with a fried ncpod.  The so called regulated 5 volt supply that I was using for the pod suddenly began to output 7.6 volts.  Blue light no longer comes on.  Thankfully Carl at Oemtech is going to send me a new one, so when I receive the new one I can get back to the setup task again.  Also, as Drew suggested it might be good to try to convey more details of my setup when I am ready.  Maybe Carl will give me a few hints too.


NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: November 05, 2007, 12:19:26 PM »
Yes, I have been there and have followed directions to no avail.  I also have read pretty much everything out there and and have set up ports and pins accordingly.  It may be something simple, but without an active user forum I am stuck.


NC Pod / Re: what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: November 05, 2007, 11:25:11 AM »
Hi Pete,

Sorry, I must have been tired the night I made that post.  I completely forgot to mention that I am using an ncpod along with Mach3, but because the ncpod is still experimental and there is very little information on getting it up and running, I am at a stand still.  My servos are set up with Gecko drives and holding strong, I just need to get a step and direction signal from Mach3 into the ncpod via the usb port. 

I actually had no problem getting a servo system running on Mach via the parallel port a few years ago, but wanted better performance this time around, so I decided to go with the ncpod controller board and take advantage of its reported better performance.  I may end up having to throw away the ncpod and just use the parallel port due to lack of information.



NC Pod / what version of Mach3 do I need
« on: October 31, 2007, 05:33:15 PM »
Can someone (if there is anyone out there) please tell me what version of Mach3 I need, what plugin version and what firmware version I need presently to get my servo system running, at least just a little.  Ports and pins numbers?  I can pay you for 50 bucks for enough information to get things working! 

As you can tell I'm getting desperate.  I don't even care if I can't do homing etc.  Just want to move an axis or two, or even get my dro to show a jog move,...SOMETHING!  Sorry for sounding upset about things.  It just gets to you after a while.  There's precious little information to go on.



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