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General Mach Discussion / Re: Time for a rip-out
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:42:39 AM »
They're some very interesting alternatives ... Thanks for the information on these.
Might have to re-think all this in light of new possibilities.

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General Mach Discussion / Time for a rip-out
« on: April 23, 2018, 12:56:00 PM »
So it's been 11 or 12 years since I built my machine's control system. Since then it's followed me from one job to another, thrown numerous wobblies and been hacked and patched to kingdom come and I'm thinking ... I should buy an ESS.
This is looking even more promising now that I've got the hang of OEM inputs and outputs, those three ports will come in handy. I've got a long list of things I want the beasty to do, including being more operator friendly in service. Stuff like pushing a proper button to start a cycle rather than messing about with an increasingly gungy keyboard and mouse. Stuff you get on a proper machine. It's all a bit undefined right now but I'm getting places in terms of the ports and pins layout, panel layout basics and other conceptual level stuff.
Most of the limit sensors, contactors and relays were recycled from its initial build so they are a bit old. I think for reliability and a fresh start generally I'll just fit new.
I might even change the coolant this time.  :D
Anyway, wish me luck and I'll update when there's something worth a photograph.

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Tangent Corner / Re: Super Kitten.
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:01:40 AM »
So cute! How big is he now? new pics needed :D

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saved for later ^

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If you just want a quick fix for now until you decide to cancel it, just put a "G55" in your startup routine in general settings. Delete it when you want to stop doing this.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: How I hope to learn CNC
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:41:40 AM »
I see the problem now. twenty feet of pipe. Ok, spirit level it is, clamp the thing on one end and leave it there until you're done.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: How I hope to learn CNC
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:26:39 AM »
For the pipe problem, clamp something on the far end of the pipe like a U-bolt or a big exhaust clamp and either reference it against the bed of the machine or put an inclinometer on top. The first method gives better accuracy but is a bit more fiddly ;)

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Non-continuous motion
« on: November 17, 2017, 05:09:19 AM »
Could be but if so I'm in unknown territory. With that said it should honour modal commands from Mach along with all the other commands.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: How I hope to learn CNC
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:18:46 PM »
Stainless on a small mill - If it cuts and nothing breaks that's about as good as it gets. Change nothing :D

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Non-continuous motion
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:14:31 PM »
Check your initialisation string just over the constant velocity/exact stop checkbox. If there's a G61 in there swap out for a G64. If this doesn't fix it I'm stumped :(

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