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General Mach Discussion / Re: Lathe controls
« on: October 21, 2007, 09:37:53 AM »
I'm really don't know anything about all the other stuff that goes with the system.

I know what a VFD is, I've put one on a three phase motor and programed it before
but all the other things that it takes "brake out boards drives and power supplies"
I have read people posts but it's not my cup of tea.
If some one could put together a recipe of parts it would make it easer.

All that stuff is in the Tormach cabinet.

After loading the Mach lathe program why can’t
it use the same printer port?

Why can’t one just open Mach lathe after the motor tuning setup for the lathe and unplug the
and plug in assigned axes and limit’s switch’s?

My be I’m not seeing the hole pitcher here, but it seam’s
to me that the electronics in the cabinet is sending commands to a motor,
what would it care if it’s a lathe or a mill?

Now I do know that Tormach comes with it’s own version of Mach, maybe it won’t run on a regular

If there was a place where I could go and get everything
at from company and build a system that would make it

Saving money is only a small part of this is.
All that stuff in that cabinet really intimidates me. 

I just don’t know what to buy.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Lathe controls
« on: October 20, 2007, 09:25:57 PM »
If it can be done it would make it simple to setup and very
cost effective.

If spindle encoder output if fed back to the PC and no threw the
the circuit boards in the cabnet I'll be set!

General Mach Discussion / Lathe controls
« on: October 20, 2007, 08:49:44 PM »
My question to you is I would like to convert my lathe

to cnc.


I’ve been talking to another Tormach customer that has

been playing with cnc routers and such for years and we

come up with an idea that I would like your opinion on.


We have been kicking around the idea of putting my lathe close enough to my

Tormach so we could put some amphenol plugs on 2 of the axes motor control

wires so that I could unplug the Tormach and plug up the lathe axes to the

Tormach cabinet and use your Mach lathe software to run my lathe.


I could have a cnc lathe and save a lot of $.

If this is would work I mite even put a 3 phase

motor on my lathe and let Mach control the

lathe spindle speed as well.


Thanks for your time


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