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Mach4 Videos / DIY ATC
« on: November 26, 2018, 01:36:36 PM »
Hi guys,

I've mostly finished adding an ATC to my router running Mach 4.  
I created the M6 by watching Daz's videos and piecing stuff together.  The spindle is a JGL 80 2.2kw and is a direct replacement for anyone with a current 2.2 kw spindle.  If you already have a vfd setup you are 80 Percent there.

Here is it in action: https://youtu.be/OVnkXSxmBOc

The spindle uses 2 sensors for checking whether the drawbar is open and closed and the macro waits for those signals.  If you forget to turn on the air, the M6 estops.

Tool offsets are setup and working great but setting them is a pain.  The spindle has ceramic bearing and is no longer grounded to the machine.  That means I have to attach a ground Everytime I touch a tool off.  It's a minor inconvenience.  I actually bought a fork sensor to test out tool setting with.  I'm in the middle of adding that and writing the macro.  Hopefully it is repeatable enough.  

I wonder if Daz is around and can check my macro, maybe clean up my mess?

I also added an automated dust shoe that uses registers to automatically lower after tool changes.  It uses part from a 3d printer build I haven't completed.  

Lemme know what you guys think.

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