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General Mach Discussion / Re: Why is the 'X' axis moving
« on: November 24, 2010, 10:35:46 PM »
It's A long story. I'm from Texas, my wife was born and raised in Glasgow. We were married 45 years ago. and live here in Texas close to Houston. My oldest daughter married a boy from Lezie. So my Grandson's Grandfather lives in Lezie, Scotland. Just outside Glasgow............... And Scotland does have some of the prettiest girls in the world. ;)

Got it?  ???   ::)

General Mach Discussion / Re: Setting 'Soft limits' Question
« on: November 24, 2010, 06:32:33 PM »
The cut that I can do on my table is X = 0,42"  Y = 0,23". But how do I set 'Home' @ 0,0? Are Am I asking the wrong question? 

General Mach Discussion / Setting 'Soft limits' Question
« on: November 24, 2010, 05:42:40 PM »
How do I 'Zero' the soft limits to the size of my table? Watched the video, but can't see how to set the home to my table size.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Why is the 'X' axis moving
« on: November 24, 2010, 05:33:23 PM »
I am still getting a small bump and knock, but only when I drive the gantry up and  down the table at full velocity.

Hood have you figured out how my Grandson's, Grandfather can be from Dundee?

I live in Texas, close to Houston...................


General Mach Discussion / Re: Why is the 'X' axis moving
« on: November 24, 2010, 04:35:57 PM »
Believe it or not it was because of this post that I think I have found my problem. I was looking at the photo i posted and could not believe what i saw.  If you look at the dip switches maybe you will see what I saw. SWITCHES SET WRONG!!!!!. Set for 2.7A instead of 3.0A.  Reset the dips, ran an 8800 line gcode 5 or 6 times that had been giving me problems and guess what.  The tool return dead on "Home 0,0,0" at the end of each air cut!!! Funny how the more you look for a problem the easier it to over look it. Now after about 3 weeks I can get down to some real CNC work.
Here are some more photos of my build:

General Mach Discussion / Re: Why is the 'X' axis moving
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:40:51 PM »
Have you run the driver test to see what the graph looks like?

Please tell me more about testing the drivers. My drivers are KL-4030 w/ 36 volt power supply. And the C-10 breakout board. The motors have no name on them, but they should be 382 oz in, of course made in China.

P.S. You live in a very beautiful part of the world. My Grand-son's , Grandfather is from Dundee & lives in Lenzie..... And you have some of the world's prettiest women in Scotland. ::)

General Mach Discussion / Why is the 'X' axis moving
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:01:40 PM »
This is my first post on this forum.
I have built a "home built CNC" from ply-wood. And this may not even be the place to ask for help. But I have about run out of ideas. I tried the other forum sites and have not found an answer to my problem.  My CNC is a Blacktoe V4 2X4 w/ chain drive on the X & Y axis. Z axis has a 1/2" 10 x 5 start lead screw.
I have been having a problem getting my motor to run smoothly. And keeping Z axis motor from stalling.
Saturday, I setup a simple gcode to test the motors as listed in Mach3 manual. The gcode runs in a loop and moves the gantry X axis up & down the table 50 times. I also added more moves to the gcode. Giving it a move across the 'Y axis', a move across from X0,Y0 to X20,Y12 and a move in the 'Z axis' of 4 inches up & down. Here's what it was doing while making an air cut. Everything was running fine, with just a small knock once in a while. Then the shocker, when the Z would try to move from Z0 to the + it would move about 2 or 3" and stall making a loud buzzing noise then start moving again. I tried changing the Velocity & Acceleration settings up & down but could not stop the Z motor from stalling. Of course when the Z motor would go into a stall it would throw the rest of the gcode off and start at a different spot in the code. When I stopped the program and returned to "Home" 0,0,0, it would be way off of 0,0,0 and 'Z' would drive into the table top. NOT GOOD!!!
The Z motor stalling has been going on sense day one, I kept thinking that the anti-backlash nut would work its way in, but still, it is not that tight. And YES I have been lubing it.
I tried changing the velocity & acceleration. After experimenting with the settings, the only way I could come close to having the steppers run smooth was to lower the setting on the velocity from 700 which what the math says it should be, to a lower setting.  Set X= steps @ 1420.682271 which is the setting that were set by the auto "Set steps per unit" by Mach3. Velocity @ 400, acceleration @3, step pulse @4, Dir pulse @5. Set Y= steps @ 1422.456593 (set by Mach3) velocity @ 450 acceleration @ 3. . Z= steps 1602 velocity @ 100, acceleration @ 10. I would let the loop run an air cut for a while and listen to the motors. I air cut this loop program about 15 or 16 times.  Most of the time they were running smooth, but then there would be a noticeable bump and knock like a motor skipping a step. The knocking sound has been very persistent.  And the knock and bump is coming sometimes from the X motor and sometimes from the Y motor. There is no pattern to the bumps. When I would stop the loop and go to home zero.   0,0,0 would be off, sometimes by as much 0.18 to X+ side. And a couple of times at 0.06" to the X- side of Zero. 
Here's the question: Is it likely that I have motors that are undersized and or bad? They should be 382 in oz. but here are no markings on the motors. Just a small paper tag with a couple of numbers. I put markers on all the sprockets and lead screw, and there is NO movement.
I had noticed before that sometimes when the gcode made a change in the 'Z' level is when the trouble would start.
The photo shows how much the X axis moved is one of my test cuts. Good thing it was scrap wood.

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