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CS-Lab / Which Laser to Choose!!!!
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:34:47 PM »
Hey guys!!!!

It's been a bit since my last post.  I am currently debating adding a laser to my existing machine, or just building another one.  I have most stuff to build a new one, but would rather integrate to the other machine to see how it works before building a stand alone.

Here are my current choices:

1)  Opt Laser
2)  J tech Laser
3)  Endurance Laser

I will be controlling with a CSMIO/ip-m.  Pros and cons, or any other information would be greatly appreciated.


General Mach Discussion / Lathe control panel!!!
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:09:33 PM »
Hey guys!!!  I'm looking for some feedback. I'm going to start on my lathe control panel. I have plenty of inputs available so I plan on adding manual push buttons.  What type of controls did you all add?  What do you wish you would have added?  I'm planning on the following:

1). MPG wheel
2). Start/Stop and Feed Hold
3). Spindle and Feed override pots
4). Axis Zero
5). Reference All Home

I'm sure that I'm missing something, so feel free to provide input. Thanks in advance for feedback!!!!

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 and CSMI0/IP-A
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:05:30 PM »
Hey guys, just though I would throw this one out there and get some feedback.  I have been working on a retrofit of the first machine I built.  I have done a bunch of upgrades with the CSMIO/IP-M.  Since I had originally set it up with Mach3 I stuck with that.  Since this is fresh on my mind I thought it would be a good time to go ahead and pick back up on my lathe project.  I already have a CSMIO/IP-A controller new in the box.  Also about everything else I need including the servos.  Thought I might my start building the control panel and get motor movement.  Has anyone else used this controller on Mach4??  Any thoughts and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Hello everyone!!!  Hope all is well.  I'm going to try to keep this short, but it will likely be long in order for me to provide all the information and the steps I have been through.  I built my first machine with the help of everyone here ;D ;D.  Four years later what I intended doing versus what I was doing was two totally different stories.  I design and build equipment at work, so I thought at first I would just build a bigger machine.  After much investigation, I decided I could purchase a Chinese machine(Roctec) servo driven.  Yaskawa servos, HSD Spindle, so on so forth.  I drove a few hours from here to look at one and I was impressed.  Unfortunately they were having control problems so I didn't commit.  Later decided that with as well as everything else was built, if I had to do a controller upgrade I would.  Took several months to get here and unfortunately.  One of the selling points to me was it was Mach controlled.  I had some familiarity and a great support forum.  Of course when it finally got here I was so excited.  Only bad thing is it wouldn't run.  Hood told me I should try a CS-Lab controller.  I did and for the last four years it has ran like a champ.  I purchased another controller for a lathe project, that I haven't finished yet but its in process.  I haven't run the other machine in some time.  My dad lives in Texas and is a big wood worker.  Hes been going nuts to get a cnc for awhile now and talked me out of this one.  Of course he asked me if I would put the same control system on this.  So it got CSMIO/IP-M, MPG Module, hard wired pendant, and all new digital stepper motor drives.  Essentially I rewired the whole panel.  Finished up soldering the db-25 connectors to the pendant this weekend and was ready for power.  Powered up nicely,  all led lights on the controller and mpg module were as they should be.  All the inputs that were suppose to be on were.  Checked the estop on the machine and the pendant.  All was well.  No problem I thought lets get this pc hooked up and start communicating.  After a little time I had established communication. I set all the inputs up and made sure they were flagging via the plug in screen.  Next I went to the diagnostic screen in Mach and verified.   Next I set up the mpg.  Hit the tab key on the keyboard and checked axis and increment selection.   Okay thats all good, now lets get these motors moving and tuned.  I thought Ill have this thing running tonight.  WRONG!!!  Now i went through the plugin and Mach and set the motor outputs up.  Turned my speed down and hit the arrow key.  Nothing happened.  I checked all my wiring again.  Must have done it a dozen times before powering up.  Check power supplies and drives have no errors.  I must have missed something I thought.  Go over to my other machine to verify and still cant find anything.  Jog is enabled, the E stop is working, what am I missing.  Then I noticed when I hit the jog keys that the DRO numbers dont shift.  Well the motors arent going to move unless Mach tells it too.  I called it quits for the night.  Next day at work I put mach on my work station at lunch.  Done a real quick set up, hit the jog key numbers on DRO moved.  Okay thats an older XP computer that I built.  I will install the newest version of Mach 3 and start over.  After doing that when I hit the jog key the motor moved, but then the pc locked up.  Restarted everything and when I hit jog pc locked up.  Must have a pc problem, its been in the dusty shop for several years now.  Night 3 of debug I get a new hard drive and put Windows Seven on.  After all its whats running flawless on my other machine.  Go through the whole set up on the pc then start with mach.  Plugin is done, firmware is done and matches and we have communication.  This time I just do the basic setup to test the motors.  Nothing. DRO doesn't shift either.  Next I disconnect the mpg module and wire around the estop that was on it.  Maybe thats it.  Same old story.  By this time I am at the end of my rope.  One last thing to try.  I get my pc off my big machine and connect it.  I boot it up off the backup  drive because I dont want to make any changes that might cause me problems when I put it back on the other machine.  I had to change the plugin so the firmware would match up but thats it.  The machines are wired identical with the only difference being a servo enable output.  Now I know this is a working system.  I run it every week.  Same problem.  This is an Ethernet controller but I am beginning to think it is a controller problem.  I haven't contacted CS-Lab yet because I thought there might be something silly I missed, but it should have took off with the other computer.  If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.  I attached my xml file to a no motor movement post under CS-Lab.  Thought I might get more response here.  Thanks for all the help.

CS-Lab / No motor Movement
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:43:18 PM »
Hey guys!!! Hope all is well.  Its been awhile since my last post.  Im sure some will remember me.  I started on lathe project a couple of years ago, but the lathe kept getting backordered.  I tried a couple of different brands but same old story.  I got all the controls, but my wife had ambition of an addition on the house so everything got put on hold.  Two years later I've finished that project.  Probably shouldn't have tried to do all the work myself. ;D ;D  My dad had been wanting my first router I built  and since I have not ran it since I put the CSMIO/IP-M on the big machine I decided to let him have it.  Of course he wanted the same controls I had on the big machine with a mpg module, new digital drives, and all the bells and whistles.  He said he would pay for all the upgrades so I decided why not.   Besides it would refresh my memory so when I picked back up on the lathe project I wouldn't be totally lost.  I totally gutted the panel, put the new controller and drives in, and rewired everything.  Finally finished the wiring today and got the mpg pendant all soldered up.  I had checked all the inputs on the controller and mpg module and was filling pretty good about everything.  After an hour or so I had the pc connected and had established communication.  I flew through all the limit switches home switches etc.  Thought to myself Ill have this running in no time.  WRONG!!!  For the last four hours Ive double checked all the wiring to the drives.  All appears to be in order.  I have been through all the configuration and plug in screens and checked that all channel settings are correct.  Still no motor movement.  The motors are locked and green lights on all the drives.  Im using KL-4042D Drives on 3 of the axis.  The z axis is larger.  Its my understanding that the ENable pins do not have to be wired, but I could be wrong.  Next odd thing that I noticed is when I hit the jog key on the keyboard Im not seeing the dro shift.  So I am not sure that its getting the command.  I tried jogging with the mpg with same result even though the leds were flagging like they should on the mpg module.  I am going to attach my xmL file and maybe there is something silly Ive missed.  Its hard to remember everything doing this only every few years.  Ive combed through the manual and even went back and checked to see if I wired something different on the other machine but cant find anything.  Im hoping its the enable on the drives.  Ive got some time to get this machine finished up, but it will be headed from Kentucky to Texas in April.  I would like to run it some and verify there are no bugs before then.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  By the way I did update all the firmware just in case that was the issue.  Thanks in advance!!!

General Mach Discussion / Shop Fox Lathe Retrofit
« on: September 16, 2015, 07:06:07 PM »
Hey Everyone!!!  Hope all is well!!!

I am getting ready to start a new project. I've been wanting a lathe to go with my two routers for some time. Would have liked to have a larger lathe, but my shop is so full I've decided to settle for a bench top instead. Besides all the parts I am making are small. I was going to buy a grizzly g0602, but an industrial supplier I use hooked me up with a shop fox m1049 at his cost. It was a great savings. There back ordered through mid October, but that gives me time to prepare anyhow. Here's my plan so far. Ball screws on both axi, replace motor add vfd, and control with csmio/ip.  Not sure which controller yet, depends on whether I use servos or steppers. On my original machine I changed my z axis to a larger stepper and digital amp and was pleased with how it ran. My large machine is servo and I love it. I know there are pros and cons either way. My question is what do you guys think?  Steppers?servos?  What size of each?  Now I do have two mrj2 drives, but I'm pretty sure the are 3 phase input side. I'm going to dig them out and check them later and I'll post specifics. I'm open to suggestions from everyone. Thanks for all the input.

General Mach Discussion / Ballnose Bits
« on: March 10, 2015, 03:03:03 PM »
Hey guys!!

I wanted to get everyone's opinion on ballnose end mills for wood. Traditionally I have always used general purpose uncoated cutters for finishing. Mainly because I have been in the tool die field for years and had an abundance. Most of the time finish was acceptable with a light touch of sanding. I find myself getting into more intricate work these days where sanding the geometry is not so easy. After a slough of different sanding equipment I've decided it's time to bite the bullet and get some cutters more specialized for my application. I've purchased some onsrud roughers and a few other brands. So far I've been pleased, but I haven't tried any of the ball nose. I wanted to get your guys thoughts as wood working has its demons as well. Mainly I cut a multitude of different hardwoods and epoxy laminated wood. Spindle speed and feed rates won't be a problem even with chip load being high on some cutters. I'm looking for different brands to compare by as well as personal experience from different people.  I use from a 1/16 to 1/2 ballnose depending on the work.  Most of the time I try to get my cut direction and wood grain in the proper orientation, but sometimes it almost impossible. I'm aware that the woodworking bits have a much more aggressive rake that wood brake in metal cutting. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated. As always thanks for the help

General Mach Discussion / Grizzly lathe retrofit!!!
« on: February 15, 2015, 09:43:31 PM »

I've been studying on purchasing a 10 x 22 grizzly lathe and retrofitting it. I've stumbled upon some small lathe work that would be a perfect fit for it. Also I think I need one

CS-Lab / MPG Wiring
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:32:31 PM »
Hey guys!!!!

Would someone please enlighten me on this diagram where it says COMMON CATHODE CONNECTION FOR DIGITAL INPUTS.  Pin 12 to 19.  Looks likes just a jumper to me but am not an electrical guy.  I finished my pendant tonight.  Didn't realize that the MPG(Free from Old equipment at work) was 12 volt instead of 5volt.  Since the rated voltage was higher than the input voltage I was pretty sure no damage would occur and wanted to give it a try in the chance that it might work.  All my selector switches worked and the MPG worked except when you spun it slow.  I'm assuming that is because of the voltage rating difference.  Was going to order me another MPG tonight but wanted to make sure that common cathode connection being just a jumper wasn't causing this problem.  This is a CS-Lap MPG module that it is hooked up to.  Thanks for all the help.

General Mach Discussion / Motor Tune Graph
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:00:28 PM »
Hey Guy!!!

I remember having a problem once before and only being able to see one side of my motor tune graph.  I remember finding the solution to get it back where I could see it on the forum, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.  I remember it was simple.  All I can see is the ramp up in the motor tune profile.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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