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General Mach Discussion / Re: animatics motors
« on: May 03, 2008, 02:50:33 PM »
Please keep me informed if you will.
these motors are great and I really want to use them.

General Mach Discussion / animatics motors
« on: May 03, 2008, 02:34:08 PM »
I have asked this before and got a response but I lost the email.
I am putting animatics motors on a manual mill.
Who is developing a MACH3 system to use these serial motors?
I think it was one of the moderators that responded but I cannot remember.
You may email me at jimwea@gmail.com.

General Mach Discussion / D R O mode
« on: March 16, 2008, 02:36:09 PM »
I only have one mill.
It is a nice little grizzly vertical mill.
I would like to put a cnc package on it but I do not want to loose the manual functionality.
In short, I would like to turn the motors off and use the encoders for manual positioning.
in a DRO (directional read out) mode.
Is this possible now?
can it be added?

It would be really sweet to be able to square up a block real quick and then zero at a point and cut a bolt patern or a pocket.

Am I missing something?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Animatics motors?????????
« on: March 04, 2008, 11:06:34 AM »
I don't have the original documents but I might be able to get them.
I was hoping to use a laptop to run it.
I have the power supply and break out board.
I think that the software needs to run on NT or better so I will need a new tower to put in the shop.
that just means more$$.
It would be worth the effort for a more robust system.
I will need to think about it.

General Mach Discussion / Re: usb to parallel
« on: March 03, 2008, 11:44:52 PM »
A rose by any other name doth smell as sweet.
What's in a name?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Animatics motors?????????
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:45:36 PM »
I have to admit that I am somewhat ignorant on the PC side.
It is a fear tempered by a lothing of learning another program.
I get no joy from that part but sometimes it is a necessary evil.
I put together one complete system about 10 years ago that used Parker amps and motors with an industrial computer and Galil 4 axis controller.
2 inter connected xy tables.
I hammered my way through it with alto of help from the reseller and it worked well for its intended purpose but having not used it for a looooong time I am afraid the visual basic I leared is gone and I have no interest in going back there.
I am not afraid to use the smart motors but it still looks like I need a controller and amps of some sort.
I have the parts for a maxnc 4 axis setup and will start with that, but I do have these smart motors collecting dust.
Animatics has a CNC software for $500 but I am trying to do this on the cheap.
I have 20+++ years of cnc experience and can build anything.
But I must admit I am a put Tab A into slot B kind of guy.
Having said all of that,
I have these sweet animatics motors two of the 750 oz/in and several of the smaller 43 oz/in
I am a little worried about building with the big ones because of the cost of replacement if anything goes wrong but I would love to have the power and speed.
I will need to think about it allot.
thanks for the input.
I want a combo machine that I can put a router , milling head or plasma torch on.
I have the parts for a good sized gantry type machine.

General Mach Discussion / Animatics motors?????????
« on: March 03, 2008, 11:27:10 AM »
I have aquired several Animatics motors.
has anyone had experiance with these?
will mach3 drive them?
We used them in a machine I designed for another company but I never touched the drive side.
I did the motion side and overall design.

General Mach Discussion / Re: usb to parallel
« on: March 03, 2008, 11:18:45 AM »
Thank you for the extended version.
It makes perfect sense when you think about it.

I am hopefull that the PMCCIA adaptor will do the job.

BTW, my real name is Jim Weatherly, Spanky is my cat.
My home page is  www.weatherlycustom designs.com

FAQs / Re: Laptop requirements with Mach 3
« on: March 02, 2008, 09:22:47 PM »
I am planning to use an IBM Lenovo with a PCMCIA to Parallel adaptor.
I hope it works????
I am told I might need the file "memoryoverride.reg"
Is this just for Vista??

General Mach Discussion / Re: usb to parallel
« on: March 02, 2008, 09:11:16 PM »
I have just ordered a pcmcia adaptor.
lets hope it works.
thank you :) :) :)

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