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Its a benchtop mill, with ≈750 watt spindle. My opinion is that they make a wonderful Mach conversion for us hobby machinists. The BT30 quick change spindle, automatic ballscrew/way lubrication, and overall "industrial grade" construction put it a little above most similar sized machines. Mine has been rock solid, and with state of the art electronics/steppers it has been a great machine.

They are old enough that you can occasionally find one pretty cheaply, and if you are willing to work around the fact replacement parts aren't really available (so you may have to be a little creative!), they can be quite a bargain...

SF

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Well, I have a DynaMite 2800 running under Mach 3 that I converted a number of years ago. At first, I replaced the Dyna controller with the "Ahha" controller (a dos based system to run g-code). After running that for a couple of years, I tore out all the original electronics and rebuilt the thing with modern stuff (a good breakout board, gecko's and modern hybrid steppers). It is a great machine...

For what its worth, I'd suggest taking a deep breath and replacing everything except the power supply and auxiliary stuff (like the spindle brake and front control panel). I think you may have trouble with the original drives (they probably will not recognize the pulses from Mach except in "Sherline" mode).

If you decide to go this route, send me a pm and I'll be happy to send you more details of what I did with mine. (If not, I'd be glad to sell you my original Dyna boards, drives, and motors as spares - I think I have them in a box gathering dust in the shop!)

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General Mach Discussion / Re: mach 3/techno cnc
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:08:27 PM »
Hi Malco55,

I don't know if will help you much, but I have a 20 year old Techno Isel gantry router that originally had steppers with the Techno MAC200SD controller. About 10 years ago, I replaced the Techno motors and controller/drivers with a Campbell breakout board and Gecko drives and motors. It has performed flawlessly ever since...

I'd be glad to provide more details if it would be of use to you.

Cheers,

SF

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I came across a couple of 3DConnexion "Space Traveler" 3axis joystick/controllers. (These are 3D CAD joysticks that are no longer supported by 3DConnexion, so as users update their CAD software, they don't work anymore!)

Has anyone adapted one of these to Mach 3?

ventuseu

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Dave,

I'm haven't yet moved up to SS..

Mach 3.043.010
MSM Beta 2
PP
Homebuilt Probe


Thanks

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Dave:

Thanks for the clarification on the gage block. I still can't figure out the"X/Y Face not found".

The probe travels correctly to and touches the face, the "Probe active" LED turns on, then the probe returns to the original position and displays the "Face not found" message. (i.e., it behaves exactly the same as when I exceed the "Max Probe Distance", except it clearly senses the probe being triggered and returns to zero when it touches the face...)

Thanks

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Dave,

Well, I'm still learning the settings to make everything work correctly. X and Y axes seems to work as they are supposed to, but after touching and pulling back the message "X/Y + face not found" appears in the error box.

I also haven't been able to get any Z axis motion. I get a "G-BLK with probe tool Z Zero probe, Probe op cancelled" when I activate the Z probe function.

Usually I wouldn't post without spending a little more time working to figure out what I'm doing wrong (the usual problem!), but since you asked...

Mach 3.043.010
MSM Beta 2
PP
Homebuilt Probe

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CVI MachStdMill (MSM) / Re: Go To Zero
« on: July 19, 2010, 09:36:58 AM »
Thanks.

That's what beta testing is for, and I'm glad I was able to help...

ventuseu

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CVI MachStdMill (MSM) / Re: Go To Zero
« on: July 18, 2010, 11:39:26 PM »
Well, I suspect that I'm overlooking something simple, but this "Go to Zero" sequence is bothering me...

With the earlier versions of Mach3, setting the "Safe Z Height" is Machine Coordinates caused the the "Go to Zero" behavior to go to Safe Z first, and then to X&Y
(See http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,14585.0.html).

In my previous set-up with a slightly modified 1024 screenset, an earlier version of Mach and a safe Z set in Machine coordinates, this was the "Go to Zero" sequence - raise to safe Z, than translate to X&Y.  For the life of me, now I can't seem to get the "Safe Z" setting in "Config" to have any effect.

Any thoughts on what I'm overlooking?

Thanks

ventuseu

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CVI MachStdMill (MSM) / Re: Go To Zero
« on: July 18, 2010, 06:23:01 PM »
Dave,

Thanks for quick response.

Yeah, I suspected that these aren't really Screen issues. I'll forward this to To the CandCNC folks so they can add it to their list.

Meanwhile, back to learning how to use this great stuff... (Did I mention I really like the high-res screens?)

Cheers,

Ventuseu

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