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Tangent Corner / Re: Web Cam centering device
« on: January 18, 2007, 01:04:42 PM »
That was me who posted a pic of the one I made. 

I made one and am using it quite often,  great for centering, edge finding, it worked so well that I took it to work and showed it to the real machinists in our plant machine shop.  They had to have one too, they thought it was great!  The have come up with other ideas for it use also, putting it in the tailstock and centering stock on the lathe, checking dimensions, runout,  their biggest use plans are when they go out in the plant with portable boring equipment the hope to use it to help them in hard to see places.

I am not sure how you link to another post but here is the url to it.  See post #19 for the one I made and a screen shot.   Super simple solution,  only one thing would make it better, if the user could adjust the cursor location on the video window, that would save you having to adjust the actual camera mechanically.


I just finished another wizard and added it to MY TURN wizard,  it is for cutting an internal groove, like an internal o-ring or snap ring.

Unzip and put in Mach3\turnaddons\MY TURN 
Put the bitmaps in Mach3\turnaddons\MY TURN \bitmaps

The wizard also has

Left taper to Face
Right taper to Face
End Groove

Hi All,

Just finished my new end groove wizard and thought I would post it to share with you all.  I was very motivated, I needed to cut o-ring grooves in the ends of my dive light housing I am working on.

To use it you just unzip it and put it in a subdirectory under the TurnAddons folder,  I named mine MY TURN,  make sure the bitmaps folder is a sub folder of MY TURN, and your ready to go.

An alternate way, which is how I am doing it, is to use screentweek and append the screens from MY TURN into the fine turn wizards Brian & Kiran made, then go add your buttons on the menu page to select the correct wizard.

The first download is the zipped MY TURN wizard,  also attached is a picture of the dive light head with the oring groove cut into the end.

I have done a couple of turn wizards and have some ideas for a couple more.

I was thinking of an ID groove,  this would be very handy.  I have a couple of occassions where I would use this.

The other one is a end groove,  I have been doing this manually.  I use it for placing an o-ring groove on the end of my underwater containers.

I haven't gotten much feedback on the other wizards I have already done, but I have used the taper ones multiple times they work well when you need to run the taper right up to a face or you can't overshoot into the X.

I think I will start on the end groove.

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My setup
« on: December 19, 2006, 10:18:44 AM »
Nice Job!!!

What are you going to make first?

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Mach Feature - is this available?
« on: December 19, 2006, 10:11:36 AM »
I found a handy threading chart you might want,  I posted it in the downloads area.  It has everything I have ever needed to thread.

Others / Handy thread chart Freeware very impressive
« on: December 19, 2006, 10:09:23 AM »
This is a freeware program I found out on the web, it includes a text file from the author.  It has full specifications on all the threads I could ever use.

Feature Requests / Re: Turn Graphics Stock Control
« on: December 18, 2006, 12:40:15 PM »
Great idea, it would be very useful.  If we could get a little info on how the graphics creates its stock profile maybe we could even write or modify the existing wizards to accomplish this. 

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Need help with new macro or wizard
« on: December 12, 2006, 10:44:22 AM »
Nice job on the wizard!

Keep up the good work,  need more wizards like this!!

The web camera is a Micro Innovations model IC435C,  It is available at a lot of the big computer stores,  I got mine at a CompUSA.

I just got lucky with picking this camera to modify,  the construction of the housing is perfect for mounting it to a shaft and you can get incredibly close to the object with its focus range.

The only modification is opening it up and drilling a small hole in the back to mount it to your shaft,  and one other thing I did was to cut off about 3/16 of the lens hood, this is to allow you to get closer to your stock or what ever you are focusing on. 

Interesting thing after I had mine mounted and checking it out,  I was out on Ebay and found a guy who is selling the exact same camera on a shaft with a little flexible arm led lamp, for $159.

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