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General Mach Discussion / Pendant Control
« on: June 07, 2006, 01:45:25 PM »
I bought a usb pendant.  And it has bottons on it for changing the speed of the spindle.  A button for faster rpm and a botton for lower rpm.  But i dont have a speed control on my spindle so i can not sure this feature.  But i would like to reconfigure it.  So when i hit either botton its like hitting F5.  So that i can turn the spindle on and off at the pendant.

Anyone have any idea of how i can do this in either mach or some how in the pendant its self?

General Mach Discussion / Relay
« on: June 04, 2006, 11:32:59 PM »
So i bought a new standerd 10am SS Relay to turn my spindle on and off.  And I changed to shielded cable for going from my BOB and my relay.  This seemed to fix my issue of the spindle turning on and off.  Or so i thought.  I was running a long operation the other day.  It was like a hour of cut time or something.  So i get it started and then go and start on programing my next peice.  and i can hear the router in the backround.  and i hear the spindle turn off.  then turn back on.  So i go out and look and it aint anywhere close to being done.  So i though hey im hearing things.  then it does that about 2 more times and i go and pause the program.  And unhook the relay and wire the spindle direct without the relay and from there it works fine.   I am at a loss.

When wired direct it runs fine.  I put a amp meter on it when it was running at max rpm and it was only pulling 5amps.  But it was not cutting anything.  I am unsure if it pulls anymore when it is running or not.  I am thinking it something with my computer sending a siginal to my BOB to turn the spindle off.  Also when i turn my computer off my spindle turns on with the relay.  Is this normal?  i couldnt find any way to change this.

Also i tried installing a diffrent parrellel port.  A Pci parrellel port.  Here is the link to it:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815124009

It seemed like it installed right.  But i cant seem to get my router to run off it.  I tried changing the address for port1 or port2 and i cant ever get it to change to the right address.  when i get to work in the morning i can check the address of the new port.

General Mach Discussion / Homeing All Axis not working properly
« on: May 13, 2006, 03:42:19 PM »
I hooked up my homes yesterday.  the switches are working fine.  It turns yellow when i hit the switch.  And i got them both enabled.  But some reason when i hit home all axis.  My Y axis moves about 2" then stopes.  nowhere close to the homeing switch.  then the X axis homes fine.  Seems like the first time i open mach3 it will home fine.  but after the first time it dont work.

I am confused.  Any suggestions on how to get my Y axis home to work let me know.

thanks Eric,

General Mach Discussion / Setting up a pendant.
« on: May 06, 2006, 01:04:42 AM »
Im going to build a pendant for my cnc.  Its going to have jogs for all the axis.  Plus a Estop and a program Start and Pause.

I need to know how to program mach3 for the Program Start and Pause.  The rest i know how to do.  I cant find a place to put a port and pin in for it.

Thanks Eric,

General Mach Discussion / Perske Spindle
« on: May 02, 2006, 09:22:18 PM »
My company bought a Gerber Sprinter 48.  It is a very nice machine.  But the software is abit lacking.  Im looking to switch it over to mach software.  Well i need to know how to control the spindle.  I know how to do the steppers and the homes and limits and stuff.  But im abit confused about the spindle. 

Its a 5.5hp Perske Spindle if that helps.  It was microproccessor controlled spindle on the side of it.  It has a small LCD which displays its rpm.  It also has a switch on it that has ABCDE on it.  I figured this was a varable speed type switch.  It runs off 220v.

If anyone can help me that is great.

Thanks Eric,

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