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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 05:01:52 AM »
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I will soon share the information so that you can build a kit by yourself (or buy one) and screw it to your mach3 cnc and start using it as a 3D printer.

This I am looking forward to, thanks for the info Nuri.

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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2010, 08:05:00 PM »
You could use the spindle PWM to control the temperature setting. Can even setup the arduino to output a pulse (RPM input) that can me read as true temperature on a DRO. Convert RPM to temp in a screenset. Heck maybe the PID would work too? Give you full control in software.

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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2010, 11:02:34 PM »
I have been watching videos over the last 2 months or so about Mendel and Darwin. I thought using my Sherline/A2Z mill would be much better than trying to cut metal with it. Lets jump in! I would like to try. First steps while you work on the interface? Heater, extruder?
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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2010, 12:14:03 AM »
It actually dosent look hard at all to make this work. Basically here is what I see that is needed...

1) 3 axes mill / router.
2) Additional stepper axis (4th axis "A")
3) Mach 3 control.
4) Modified skeinforge. Swap E for A in the script so the E control moves the A axis.
5) Mendel style extruder with A axis for the feed.
6) Temperature control for the heat of the extruder.  This one should work great...
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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2010, 05:27:21 AM »
Hello:

I'm veri much interested for the topic.
Looking for more info....
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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2010, 11:22:13 AM »
I am at the end of the design phase of the ver2 circuit board. It will do all the stuff. With this circuit board I will release the modified skeinforge software and mach3 configuration xml files. I will let you know very soon.

Please find below the images of my test environment which use mach3.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37197094@N00/sets/72157625166612319/show/

regards,
Nuri Erginer

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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2010, 12:31:27 PM »
Excellent work Nuri.

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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2010, 08:01:52 PM »
Can you tell me how you modified Skeinforge from the 'E' axis to the 'A' axis? I am already well into building a stand-alone 3d printer and this is the problem between Mach and Skeinforge I've run into. My feed steppers are on the 'A' axis and I need to change them.

I love your idea of interchangability!  I wish I had thought of that 6 months and several $$$ ago  :-[
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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2010, 01:36:32 AM »
Brilliant, Nuri!
I'm following your thread.
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Re: Mach3 as 3d printer software
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2010, 11:20:51 AM »
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Can you tell me how you modified Skeinforge from the 'E' axis to the 'A' axis? I am already well into building a stand-alone 3d printer and this is the problem between Mach and Skeinforge I've run into. My feed steppers are on the 'A' axis and I need to change them.

There is no option for doing this in skeinforge so I modify the source code

Regards,
Nuri Erginer