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Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« on: December 08, 2011, 03:24:39 PM »
Hi recently purchased a Boxford 240TCL and a Bridgeport Series 1 R2E3 which had been rarely used by the College they were in,

The Boxford has been upgraded to a Serial Interface, Converted to Single Pulley, Homing Switches, Turbo Boards and V10 Eproms by Boxford.

The Bridgeport literally looks brand new.

Boxford
http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l600/Hadji786/Boxford.jpg

Bridgeport
http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l600/Hadji786/bridgeport.jpg

Can anyone help me get started converting these to Mach3 please? Any Help will be appreciated

Thank you in advance

Jay

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Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 05:30:53 PM »
Have you looked at the Mach docs?  I'd start with the first one, Install and config.

http://www.machsupport.com/documentation.php

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Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 05:41:13 PM »
IF the BP runs ok I would use it untill it quit.

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Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2011, 11:00:17 PM »
is the lathe stepper based? If so, get a G540 and GO..... you will loose the panel functionality but then it will all be PC based anyways from mach3

if the mill is not working and will cost more then some servo drives ect, then do the same with the mill.  (assuming its servo driven of course)
Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 08:56:39 AM »
if the boxford runs just get a breakout board and use the existing psu and drivers. You'll need to interface the 12v logic on the drives to the 5v logic of the breakout board and add an isolated analogue board for the spindle, and that's about it.
Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2011, 08:58:37 AM »
that's one of the better 240s, with a 3hp motor and sgs drives, nice find. I've had one just like it, and the conversion is relatively easy.
Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 09:05:45 AM »
Thank you AngelTech,

Can you recommend a breakout board please? I may need a little guidance with the interfacing.


Thank you again
Re: Double Mach3 Conversion, Need all the Help I can Get!
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2011, 11:48:47 AM »
anyone of the available breakout boards would be fine.