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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #160 on: April 21, 2010, 01:13:37 PM »
News:

SwapAxis board has been tested with the smoothstepper and it works fine! 

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #161 on: April 21, 2010, 04:24:24 PM »
Good to hear :)
Hood

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #162 on: April 21, 2010, 05:38:58 PM »
Here is a fun accessory for anyone using a 4th axis:

http://www.cncwrapper.com/

Works great so far!

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #163 on: April 22, 2010, 06:01:07 AM »
Hey Hood! Congratulations for hitting the 10,000 posts mark ;)

We appreciate your contribution!

Daniel

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #164 on: April 22, 2010, 06:59:00 AM »
Thanks Daniel,
 I got a lot of help when I first started, especially from John Prentice, and I am  glad to be able to help others if I can.
Hood
Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #165 on: April 22, 2010, 07:31:00 AM »
Yes, when it comes to the development of Mach John Prentice is a legend, up there with Art.

Cheers,

Peter.
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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #166 on: April 22, 2010, 12:41:35 PM »
My hat's off to Hood also as well as Himmy and many others for the generous time they spend helping others. My 4th axis project would have died without the 'swapaxis' tip which came from Hood. Instead, the project is slowly maturing into an actual useable product with several, possibly many people following along and duplicating it for themselves . . not to mention a spill over into servo driven lathe spindles which are borrowing the techniques.

I think this is quite a success and the kudos go to a lot of people, not just myself.

Latest neat addition is an indicator light to show when the 4th axis (or lathe spindle) is in 'indexer' mode. An indicator monitoring the lock status has been added and is shown in the latest video.

Speaking of which, I posted another video to answer some requests to demonstrate more shaving operations, particularly splines (gear teeth, pulley teeth, keyways, etc are also made the same way):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8l6lH4ydd4


I think that's going to be about it for a while. I am seeking suggestions on motion controllers/pulse generators equivalent to smoothstepper.

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #167 on: April 27, 2010, 03:39:12 AM »
This is just a heads up for anyone seeking the currently backordered Dugong servo drives.

CNCdrive is making specially modified Dugong drives for my 4th axis project.

I have three brand new standard Dugong drives left that I will not be using and I have them for sale in the Bargain Basement here.

These are new and unused and CNCdrive is giving full new drive warranty to the buyer of these drives.

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #168 on: April 28, 2010, 06:57:13 PM »
4th axis prototype (previous model) for sale.

The new Super Duty prototype is finished and running, so I am finished with the previous prototype.  It is complete and working and ready to do 24/7 production work. I would rather see someone using it than to disassemble it for parts, so I have it for sale complete in the Bargain basement. I am only listing it in this forum initially.

The 3 Dugong drives are sold.

I am finishing modification to the new mil and some interesting new stuff will be coming soon on the new Super Duty 4th axis and 'semi-mini machining center'. Stay tuned.

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Re: Success! Mini Machining Center under Mach3 control - Video link
« Reply #169 on: April 29, 2010, 08:34:13 AM »
4th axis prototype is sold.

Currently I am working on making the 4th axis spindle lock function automatic and transparet to the CNC control so that a user does not need to manually addi macros to the G-code. There are a lot of ways to skin that cat and I would be interested to hear any ideas on how to accomplish that goal.