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General Mach Discussion / Mach 3 and 5 axis?
« on: May 26, 2008, 06:58:59 PM »
Can mach 3 do 5 axis machining?
I have been reading about the Centroid controls and the 5 axis tool length calculations can mach 3 do all that also?

Modbus / Re: Modbus setup screen is different than documented??
« on: May 23, 2008, 12:28:46 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the issue but if you check the modbus plugin it changes that screen.
Just a sugestion

General Mach Discussion / Re: Best way to run analog drives?
« on: May 07, 2008, 06:49:22 PM »
Your lathe looks like it is running well.
You must be right about the resolver it says 2 phase on it?
An there are some other wires with the motor leads I was wondering about, That must be the tack?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Best way to run analog drives?
« on: May 07, 2008, 06:16:23 PM »
What type of lathe were the servos on?
Mine is an HES I cant remember the amp rating but they are large servos.
They have tachs on them so would I just have to remove them and mount an encoder?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Best way to run analog drives?
« on: May 07, 2008, 05:51:17 PM »
Thanks hood the TEK10 drives look pretty sweet, I think I will try them on my lathe retrofit, it has DC servos.
Do they sell just the top board? I didn't see it.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Best way to run analog drives?
« on: May 07, 2008, 12:50:57 PM »
I am planing on running servo drives that accept 0-10V -+ signals.
I was going to use the pixies but I was told they are not selling them any longer.

There is several models of galil motion controlers and I was wondering whitch ones have proven mach3 plugins developed?
I would like to use the ethernet version if there is a mach3/quantum plug in.

General Mach Discussion / Best way to run analog drives?
« on: May 07, 2008, 10:20:05 AM »
I what is the best way to drive an analog drive -+0-10 V?
Just talk to Skyco and they are not selling the pixies at this time.
What version of the Galil's work well?

Jus figured out that it uses yaskawa drives, that is a good thing because I think it might use -+ 0-10 V
I should be able to make Mach3 control that.
Let me know what you guys think


Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Hitachi seiki VK-55 retrofit advice?
« on: May 05, 2008, 12:36:23 PM »
I just purchased a basket case VMC.
It needs alot of work and I am looking at 10K just to get the controls going agian.
This would be the 1997 seicos control, and who knows when it will be smoked again.
Would it be a good idea to try and retrofit something like this with mach 3?
The only thing I can see causing a problem would be controling the spindle drive, it looks like the OEM control uses a digital bus for all the drives.

Here is a link to it on ebay:

Let me know thanks.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 and ATC's ?
« on: April 10, 2008, 08:13:24 PM »
I am sure I can make the PLC control the tool changer, I just wanted to know how tough it is to make mach and a PLC talk.
Can you share what your macro looks like? Also do you just use the RS-232 port on the computer to talk modbus to a PLC?

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